October 24, 2012 by chriszumtobel
The above video is an excerpt of a documentary on an amazing human, Kim Peek, the savant who the movie Rain Man was based on. It is an inspiring documentary about the triumph of the man, with his father’s care, turning a mental retardation into a mental acceleration. I am only going to talk about the very last 50 seconds, so if you don’t want to watch the whole video you can skip ahead to the ten minute mark and you will see the portion I am referencing.
“He reads a page – that you and I would read in three minutes – it takes about eight to ten seconds. He reads left pages left eye, right pages right eye and he remembers about 98%.”
Think how many books you could finish if you could read at that pace, and how much information you could retain… It’s unbelievable to me.
There are all kinds of tips for how to read faster, my favorite of being How to Speed Read Like Teddy Roosevelt but none of those have ever worked for me… I always feel like I sacrifice enjoyment or comprehension, just to finish the book faster.
I think it’s best just to read. Read the way you are comfortable, and read all the time, whenever you have a chance. Over time, you will start to read faster, as your vocabulary grows and you become more confident with the sound of your voice inside your head (or maybe eliminate the voice inside your head, as some of the tips say).
Either that or practice reading with one eye on the left page and the other on the right… Maybe it’s not as impossible as it sounds, but I’m pretty sure it is. I’m pretty sure Kim Peek was a very, very special case.
The best advice for those who wish they could read faster comes from Dory in Finding Nemo, “Just keep reading, just keep reading…” Well she said something like that…
Have any of you had any luck stepping up your reading speed?
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