Speed Reading
 
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PRINCIPLES

PRINCIPLE #1: THE EYE FOLLOWS A MOVING OBJECT

We have an instinct, a reflex that is the basis of your RASTERMASTER's laser technology. Call it "peripheral vision", the ability to see beyond our central pathway of sight. Basketball players use it, and it saved our cave-dwelling ancestors' fundaments from hungry lions, dinosaurs and their human enemies.

PRINCIPLE #2: OPTIC CHIASMA.

Remember back to your old biology teacher, our eyes pick up the environment UP SIDE DOWN, like the reflex camera. The information is transferred by our OPTIC NERVES where our nervous system, does a crossover, CHIASMA, an "X", and turns the input RIGHT SIDE UP. So? We use a strategy called BOUSTROPHEDON, (it's in the dictionary), which means reading ALTERNATIVELY, left-to-right, and then right-to-left. Kids call it reading "backwards", but our brain turns it around so that we are actually reading left-to-right.

PRINCIPLE #3: PERSISTENCE OF VISION

Whatever we see on our retina remains for half-a-second, AFTER it is removed. So what? It is the basis for the success of movies and television, and can be used to promote long-term memory and focused concentration.

PRINCIPLE #4: TRANSPARENCY OF LANGUAGE

You've been doing this since first-grade. We don't read "letters", or "syllables", or even "words". Our brain pierces the veil of squiggles of ink, and decodes and converts the information to IDEAS. The opposite of "transparent" is "opaque", shaded, and unclear. The author's ideas speak to us, literally and transparently.

PRINCIPLE #5: NEO-NEURAL PLASTICITY

In 1999 scientists at Princeton University Medical School discovered that our brain is capable of STRUCTURAL and FUNCTIONAL change through repetition. In their case, they were reversing the dysfunctions of stroke, in ours, we are integrating new strategies into information processing skills.

PRINCIPLE #6: MACH 1

The Speed-of-Sound is between 662 to 770 miles per hour. The average university graduate reads BASIC material at 250 words per minute, with a comprehension of about 70%. It drops like a rock when we get to SEMI-TOUGH and TOUGH-STUFF. PROFOUND POINT: There is no learning, no reading, and no information processing, without hearing the words silently in your mind, (sub-vox). So, how fast can we absorb information? The speed-of-sound! Therefore, learning is not a visual process, or even an information processing process, learning is an AUDITORY, sound labeling system, accomplished at BRODMANN brain site #22, Wernicke's area.

"Subject to connection, "sub-vocalization" is your friend. It is HEARING!' N.B. University of Pennsylvania, Linguistics 001, Lecture 18: Brain and Language. "However, our understanding of how the brain creates and understands language remains very crude." For the skeptical, see the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience under Wernicke's Area, Broca's Area, and Auditory Association Area. What about the Deaf? They use a "kinesthetic neuropathway" as an access code by 'signing".