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Can we really read that fast?

  1. Nov 13, 2015 #1
    I recently came across an article describing a technique know as photo reading .I was wondering if it is really possible to read 25000 words per minute .Is it real or just hoax .
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  3. Nov 13, 2015 #2


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    In immortal words of Woody Allen: "I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia."
  4. Nov 13, 2015 #3
    Yes I can. But don't ask me what I just read means after that.
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    There have been experiments done that fed gibberish to speed readers and they read it as though it meant something. There ARE people who either have a natural ability or have trained themselves to read much faster than average (WITH full retention) but 25,000 words per minute is just ludicrous.
  6. Nov 13, 2015 #5


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    Assuming that the page is single-spaced, in Arial 12 point font, there are about 450 words on a page. That works out to about 56 pages.

    Does it seem reasonable to be able to read 56 pages in one minute?
    Like @Borek said about Woody Allen's quote on speed-reading "War and Peace" - "It's about Russia."

    I'm surprised that Allen got that much out of the book.
  7. Nov 13, 2015 #6


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    I don't know, this is clearly done at a subconscious level. I have heard of legal assistants at major law firms who can (allegedly) do that, or something close.
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