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Am I Smart…Or Just Dsilixec?

Posted by Daniel on October 6, 2008

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.
 
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!  Seth wulod go ntus if he saw tihs bceusae he cnat santd poeple who cnat selpl.

Now, I read this all the way through at a normal speed and without tripping over a single word.

I guess my question to you all would be, does this mean we all have some sort of mental ability we were never aware of..or do we just get lazy, even with reading?

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2 Responses to “Am I Smart…Or Just Dsilixec?”

  1. Daniel said

    Okay, this makes sense. But could this be the reason I do the same with verbal conversations? Like I will be listening to someone then suddenly phase them out and not hear a word they’re saying, but still am able to answer whatever they’ve said even though I didn’t hear them.

  2. Kurt said

    Daniel,
    This is the basis for speed reading as they teach it in college.
    You can speed up your read rate by only hitting two to three points in a printed line…cause your mind does this amazing suggestive trick you pointed out. However, if you don’t already know the word, or are familiar with it’s look, shape, or usage, you can get totally derailed until you go back and look at what’s supposed to be there instead… Also, sentence construction, without a lot of complex clauses and strange construction helps comprehension a lot. Also, when you get into a groove and become familiar with an author’s style, you can speed up through anticipation. Comprende?

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