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Introduction to speed reading

The increased rate and amount of data that we acquire together with the speed with which that data expires urges us to improve the effectiveness of data acquisition. Reading 50 pages a day at 300 words per minute, we are able to read no more than 2-3 thousand books in the course of our lives. Most of us cannot even read at this not too exorbitant rate which results from school teaching methods.

Even the most desperate perfectionist cannot devour the whole editorial production from at least one particular field, however, and speed reading makes it substantially easier to become well acquainted with the world surrounding us.

Today, everyone can multiply his or her reading speed, and the only condition is that you devote your time and generate a sufficient amount of patience. The time you will spend on learning is definitely worth its price, as reading is the best way to obtain information. We have to do here neither with any space nor time boundary. Books provide us with information about every area of life, about each kind of phenomenon possible, about the furthest countries existing, about million-years-old events as well as about what will possibly be our surroundings in the future. We can choose the best chroniclers, world leading specialists, the authors of the most distinguished works and dissertations, the greatest novelists. Reading is an ideal tool for getting to know anything about the surrounding world. The data included in books is especially precious because we can be sure that it underwent a solid analysis and criticism, that it is well checked, expressed by notions precisely determined, systematized, and advanced to be categorized as science.

Information overflow

Basically, science is an exact and objective field. Nevertheless, this fact does not excuse us from picking our reading materials in a thoughtful manner. The emerging problem of data expiration may render the time spent on poring over books wasted, for the integral after-effect following the development of science and technology is information overflow. We are bombarded with information from everywhere; each year several billions of pages are printed and in addition () there are magazines, newspapers, leaflets of different kinds, newssheets... Apart from the rapid increase in the amount of data, its fast expiry also poses a problem; about 10% of all the information expires every year. The specialists in a given field have to read 15-20 times more than 40 or 50 years ago in order to keep abreast of the present state of knowledge.

It is well worthwhile working on yourself and increasing your information acquisition rate so as to keep up the pace with the modern world. Of course we are free to be skeptical about the advertisements which try to allure us with dramatic results coming from both minimum time and minimum effort input. It is a fact that to succeed one needs to put a lot of work into the whole process. However, the results are measurable – we can learn reading easily , effectively, and above all – comfortably.

The advantage of reading is that we can draw upon a particular information numerous times, at any time we want, without having it distorted in any way, which is impossible in the case of verbal transmission.

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