Re: Psychedelic singularities

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 16:13:42 +0100 (MET)

On Mon, 16 Dec 1996, J. D. wrote:

> 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?

Well, it seems that speed reading is quite easy to learn using almost any
kind of tools - the important part seems to be the belief and will to
read faster, and some training.

My guess is that speed reading is not very good for long-term storage of
facts and concepts, since they usually need to be mentally elaborated
("toyed with") to become fixed in long term memory. But some kinds of
information can probably be stored as they are.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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