Re: Psychedelic singularities

J. D. (
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 05:43:11 -0500 (EST)

On Sun, 15 Dec 1996, Eliezer Yudkowsky wrote:

> I have much faster reflexes when ill. I also once read a sizable book -
> I think around 300 pages - in around 20 minutes after taking Tylenol and
> drinking a Coke at 3 AM.

This reminds me, has anyone heard the current spate of radio ads
for speed reading technology that allow one read a 500 hundred page book
in an hour? and absorb the material into long term memory like you were
watching a movie, etc. blah blah. Does anyone know what this is all
about? Or is it just a mail order con of some sort?

When I was in 8th grade about 40 years ago I had a teacher
obsessed with speed reading. He had a slide projector device that forced
you to read groups of words at a glance and then automatically began
increasing the size the groups of words and decreasing the flash time.

As I recall, I went from reading 250 words per minute to over 500
at that time, but haven't been tested since. Some students broke 1000 wpm
as I recall. Testing followed reading to ensure comprehension.

Anyone have any current knowledge on the techniques of speed
reading and what is really acheivable?

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