posted on Feb, 19 2006 @ 09:27 PM
Before I began high school, back in the late 60's, I took a "speed reading" course that has stood me well throughout my teen years and through
university. During my peak, I was able to read at an average of 4500 wpm. But, of course, like anything else, if you don't practice this skill, it
deteriorates over time. At present, I read at a rate of about 2500 wpm. This, I should point out is a rate sustained primarily when I am reading for
pleasure. Technical material, that is reading that deals with complicated subject matter slows me down considerable....about 700 wpm or so.
Incidentally, the average reader reads at a rate of about 350 wpm, so I still read at an above average rate.
The process that the course that I took worked on the principle of expanding the field of vision. That is, the average person "sees" 7 letter
spaces at a time. Through the use of a tachistascope, a device that displays reading material at timed intervals, I was able to expand the field of
vision from seeing 7 letter spaces at a time to nearly five times as wide. That is to say, instead of seeing only 7 letter spaces at one time, I can
read as many as 35 letter spaces. When reading a newspaper or column style material, I can often read an entire line at a time.
Reading is a skill just like speed reading. The more you practice it, the better you become. I have never had any regrets about taking the course
and I have often thought about taking a "refresher" course.
Now as for "photoreading", well, all I can say is that it isn't beyond the realm of possibility. I would have a difficult time grasping that one
would be reading an entire page at a time but, personally, I never thought that I would be able to read an entire line at a time. So, who knows?
Nevertheless, I would not discount this report out of hand. Instead, I would investigate the claims a bit more and, if it seems to be true, I would
seriously consider taking this course.