People who read make more money.

It pays to read books

It pays to read books

Grupo Cometa (a car and motocycle dealer, Cáceres, Brazil) pays its employees for reading books. The company developed a reading programme to help employees to enhance their skills and knowledge. To encourage employees to read books the company pays them an extra one month salary at the end of the year. The main purpose of the programme is to boost professional development with books on relations, management and the company’s operations. The programme is voluntary but 80% of 1350 employees who work in 15 shops already joined it. “Some employees made comments that since they started reading, their skills improved, as well as the relations at home, and some even started to study again.” said  in “Uol Economia” CEO of the Grupo Cometa, Cristinei Melo.





The World Book Day – 7 March 2013

Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier

Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier

How are you celebrating the World Book Day today?
I’ve download a few books and will spend 20 minute speed reading them. Just got Who Owns The Future by Jaron Lanier who coined the term ‘virtual reality’. Although the word ‘virtual’ was originally coined by John Duns Scotus in the 13th century (to denote God) who develop a concentration technique for reading sometimes called ‘the duns cap’. Watch an interview with Jaron Lanier talking about the future of internet and why we should be paid for walking down the street.






German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

German translation of the Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

Die Schnelllesebibel : die leichte Kunst des Schnelllesens erprobt und erwiesen für Sie zur sofortigen Anwendung jedweden Lesematerials (Bücher, Berichte, Zeitschriften, Anleitungen, Leitfäden, Lehrbücher, online-Texte, E-Books etc.), so dass Sie mehr und schneller und effektiver lesen können, ob Sie als Berufstätiger oder als Geschäftsperson, Unternehmer, Student, Lehrer oder Privattutor tätig sind oder Ihnen einfach an Ihrer eigenen Lernverbesserung und Ihrer persönlichen Entwicklung gelegen ist (einschließlich Business, Medizin, Jura, IT, Schauspielkunst/Theater und Fremdsprachen). Wir zeigen Ihnen u.a., wie Sie Ihre Augen wirksamer nutzen können, sich an mehr erinnern, Ihr Lernvermögen abrufen und den Sinngehalt eines Textes mit einem Minimum an Aufwand erfassen können, sich auf die Absicht Ihres Lesens fokussieren, die wichtigsten Punkte (Hot Spots) der benötigten Information finden und das alles in die Praxis umsetzen können. Das Endresultat wird so aussehen : Sie werden mehr Zeit für sich haben und dabei Geld sparen, wobei Sie gleichzeitig erfolgreicher im Beruf/Business und Ihrem Privatleben werden.

Read the sample of SchnlLsn – die Schnelllesebibel: Das Buch ds schnlln Lsns – Schnelllesebuch mit 37 Techniken, Tipps und Strategien für ultraschnelles Lesen (Speed Reading) (SchnelLesen Speed Reading Schneller lesen)

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How to think like Sherlock Holmes?

Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"),

Ceci n'est pas une pipe" ("This is not a pipe"),

What can we learn from Sherlock Holmes in terms of speed reading and reading in general? Reading is just one part of the learning process ie getting information in and then thinking about that information makes it ours and useful. But having the right ‘speed reading’ mindset before approaching any written material will also help to get better quality of information (knowing what to look at and what to overlook – ie the previewing technique). Sherlock Holmes was a perfect example of a lifelong learner following his particular type of scientific method. Sherlock Holmes would approach his cases with a specific mindset and a goal (similar to speed reading SMART purpose). Constant feedback loop was also essential to Holmes learnings, tells Maria Konnikova, author of a new book Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes.  Watch her talking about how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lttra Vlce – La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce)

Italian translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lttra Vlce – La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce) 

La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: facili abilità di lettura veloce con risultati comprovati da applicare immediatamente a qualsiasi tipo di materiale di lettura (libri, relazioni, riviste professionali, manuali, libri di testo, testi online, ebook, etc) perché tu possa leggere molto, molto più rapidamente, più efficacemente, sia che tu sia un professionista, un imprenditore, uno studente o un insegnante, un educatore in casa o semplicemente interessato nella tua formazione e nel tuo sviluppo personale, in qualsiasi campo (incluso quello imprenditoriale, medico, legale, informatico, recitazione e le lingue straniere), mostrandoti, tra l’altro, come usare gli occhi con maggiore efficacia, ricordare di più, accedere alla tua intelligenza di apprendimento, trarre il significato da un minimo di contenuto, concentrarti sul tuo obbiettivo, trovare i punti caldi delle informazioni necessarie e metterle tutte in pratica, con il risultato di risparmiare tempo e denaro mentre ottieni maggiori risultati sia nel lavoro che nella vita.

Read the sample of Lttra Vlce – La Bibbia della Lettura Veloce: Il Libro della Lettura Veloce con 37 Tecniche e Strategie per la Lettura Super Rapida (Lettura Rapida, Lettura Veloce) 

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The logical levels of Spd Rdng (speed reading)

We’re giving a presentation at the NLP conference in London (Sunday 11th November 14:15 – 15:45). The environment will be the workroom/classroom/ebook reader and the behaviour will be the new reading skills and getting into a good state. Participants will learn actual spd rdng skills, shift their beliefs about reading and take on the identity of spd rdrs as they consider how this will affect their lives and future (higher purpose). We expect that most participants will double their reading rate by applying their different learnings.

Scrolling on iBooks 3.0

The latest version of iBooks features scrolling facility as an alternative to page turning. Unfortunately, they’ve missed the trick. The only way to scroll is to push with your finger which covers the text you’re trying to read. Why didn’t they advantage of the tilt facility which has been used on some apps where the angle of tilt allows you to control the speed of scrolling. The bonus was it reminded me of the brilliant video explaining the difference between books and scrolls. If you haven’t seen it – take a look now.

Top quotes and jokes about reading, speed reading and learning

“I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.”
Woody Allen

“I’m speed reading a book on the history of glue. I can’t put it down.”

“Brevity is the soul of wit.”
William Shakespeare, read summaries of William Shakespeare

“Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? He woke up.”

“Turn,” Liz said, trying not to hide her impatience at being forced to read at non-speed-of-light pace.”
Ally Carter, Only the Good Spy Young

“For Our Purposes, I define “reading” as looking at printed words and getting enough meaning from them to satisfy your purpose.”
Peter Kump

“Some books are undeservedly forgotten, some are undeservedly remembered.”
WH Auden

“We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
Jules Verne

‘To understand a book, you must approach it, first, as a whole, having a unity and a structure of part; and second,  in terms of its elements, its units of language and thought.”
Mortimer Adler
How to Read a Book’’ (read the summary)

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.”
Malcolm X

“It’s not that I don’t like people. It’s just that when I’m in the company of others – even my nearest and dearest – there always comes a moment when I’d rather be reading a book.”
Maureen Corrigan

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”
Arnold Lobel

“There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you read—unless it be reading while you eat.”
E. Nesbit

“I love the smell of book ink in the morning.” 
Umberto Eco

“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.”
Carl Sagan

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”
Roald Dahl

“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”
Ezra Pound

“A bad book is as much a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.”
Aldous Huxley

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Reading is one of our bad habits. … We read, most of the time, not because we wish to instruct ourselves, not because we long to have our feelings touched and our imagination fired, but … because we have time to spare.”
Aldous Huxley

“A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.” Mark Twain

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
P.J. O’Rourke

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.”
Jane Smiley

“Beware of the person of one book.”
Thomas Aquinas

“Which book are you ashamed not to have read?
None. I don’t think any book is a must-read.”
Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”
Thomas Huxley, 1870

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”
Abraham Lincoln

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
C.S. Lewis

“And if our book consumption remains as low as it has been, at least let us admit that it is because reading is a less exciting pastime than going to the dogs, the pictures or the pub, and not because books, whether bought or borrowed, are too expensive.”
George Orwell

“There is no mistaking a good book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.”
Ray Bradbury author of FAHRENHEIT 451 (read the summary)

“Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.”
Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power.”
Yuval Noah Harari, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

“محتوى المادة التي تقوم بقراءتها وحجم الخط وحالتك النفسية وأُلفتك للموضوع والهدف منة,جميعها عوامل رئيسية تؤثر على سرعتك في القراءة”
Tina Konstant, Work Smarter with Speed Reading: A Teach Yourself Guide

“Great speed in reading is a dubious achievement; it is of value only if what you have to read is not really worth reading. A better formula is this: Every book should be read no more slowly than it deserves, and no more quickly than you can read it with satisfaction and comprehension.”
Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

“Read in order to live.”
Gustave Flaubert

“I can read a book twice as fast as anybody else. First I read the beginning, and then I read the ending, and then I start in the middle and read toward whichever end I like best.” 
Gracie Allen

“I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.” 
Isaac Asimov

“My money weakness is that I go through a lot of books. I am a member of an all-male book club, and we meet up every three months and occasionally go off and do a book-linked excursion.”
Dr Michael Mosley

“The person who doesn’t read lives only one life. The reader lives 5,000. Reading is immortality backwards.”
Umberto Eco

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
Lemony Snicket

“The best books… are those that tell you what you know already.”
George Orwell, 1984

 “Until then I had thought each book spoke of the things, human or divine, that lie outside books. Now I realized that not infrequently books speak of books: it is as if they spoke among themselves. In the light of this reflection, the library seemed all the more disturbing to me. It was then the place of a long, centuries-old murmuring, an imperceptible dialogue between one parchment and another, a living thing, a receptacle of powers not to be ruled by a human mind, a treasure of secrets emanated by many minds, surviving the death of those who had produced them or had been their conveyors.”
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr. Seuss

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
J.K. Rowling

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”
Fran Lebowitz

“I intend to put up with nothing that I can put down.”
Edgar Allan Poe

“The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one’s mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.
George Orwell

“Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Joseph Brodsky

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
Jane Austen

“A sure sign of a good book is that you like it more the older you get.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to peer out.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Books break the shackles of time – proof that humans can work magic.”
Carl Sagan

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have laboured hard for.”

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought,  a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” Alan Bennett (in The History Boys where he writes another great insight, not about reading but about history: “History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.” said Mrs Lintott)

“For my whole life, my favorite activity was reading. It’s not the most social pastime.”
Audrey Hepburn

“Reading books is an intrinsically valuable thing. I can’t imagine enjoying life without books. But that doesn’t mean that life without books is not a good life.” 
Dr. Claire Colebrook, Cultural theorist

“Reading for me, is spending time with a friend.”
Gary Paulsen

“With freedom, books flowers and the moon, who could not be happy.” Oscar Wild

“From the reading of ‘good books’ there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way.”
Gordon B. Hinckley

“Fools have a habit of believing that everything written by a famous author is admirable. For my part I read only to please myself and like only what suits my taste.”

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
Mortimer J. Adler

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”
C.S. Lewis

“It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“What better occupation, really, than to spend the evening at the fireside with a book, with the wind beating on the windows and the lamp burning bright.”
Gustave Flaubert

“I’m old-fashioned and think that reading books is the most glorious pastime that humankind has yet devised.”
Wisława Szymborska

“Never put off till tomorrow the book you can read today.”
Holbrook Jackson

“What kind of life can you have in a house without books?”
Sherman Alexie

“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” David Quammen

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
Lena Dunham

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.”

“In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
Mortimer J. Adler

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip.”
Diane Duane

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King

“I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.”
Orhan Pamuk

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Mark Twain

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.”
Logan Pearsall Smith

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
Margaret Fuller

“People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.”
Saul Bellow

“A good book is an event in my life.”

“Reading brings us unknown friends.”
Honoré de Balzac

“The world was hers for the reading.”
Betty Smith

“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you.”
Louis L’Amour

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa

“No. I can survive well enough on my own—if given the proper reading material.”
Sarah J. Maas

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.”
Bill Gates

“‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.”
Mark Twain

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“Surviving and thriving as a professional today demands two new approaches to the written word. First, it requires a new approach to orchestrating information, by skillfully choosing what to read and what to ignore. Second, it requires a new approach to integrating information, by reading faster and with greater comprehension.” 
Jimmy Calano

“I took a course in speed reading. Then I got Reader’s Digest on microfilm. By the time I got the machine set up, I was done.” 
Steven Wright

“The early development of speed reading can be traced to the beginning of the (20th) century, when the publication explosion swamped readers with more than they could possibly handle at normal reading rates.” 
Tony Buzan

“If you can read this, you are already ‘speed‑reading’.The average adult reads 200 wpm, but you are reading this at 600 wpm. You can do this because you are reading whole ideas at a time. This course displays the text divided into actual thought‑units, which makes it easier to read groups of words at a glance. Thought‑units are easier and quicker to understand than individual words. This results in improved comprehension, which then leads to faster reading, plus better concentration and retention.”

“Modern research has shown that your eye-brain system is thousands of times more complex and powerful than had previously been estimated, and that with proper training you can quickly reap the benefits of this enormous potential.” 
Tony Buzan

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
Frederick Douglas

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“Wear the old coat and buy the new book.”
Austin Phelps

“You may have tangible wealth untold. Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be — I had a mother who read to me.”
Strickland Gillilan

“The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can’t.”
Mark Twain

“As a speed reader, I’ve got only one fear – to run out of books to read.”

“If time is money and reading takes time, then I heartedly recommend saving money and time with this brilliant guide. For those of us in the fast lane, the PhotoReading Whole Mind System isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.”
Harvey Mackay, Author of Swim with the Sharks and Beware of the Naked Man

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
Victor Hugo

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”
Betty Smith

“A book is a gift you can open again and again.”
Garrison Keillor

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.”
Dr. Seuss

“I have seen Paul Scheele help countless numbers of people to discover a faster, more efficient path to success through his PhotoReading system. No matter what you need to read, he can teach you to get it done in a third of the time.”
Anthony Robbins, Author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”
Napoléon Bonaparte

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
Italo Calvino

“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”
Jorge Luis Borges

“Reading means borrowing.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”
Mary Schmich

“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.”
Mary Wortley Montagu

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.”
Roald Dahl

“That perfect tranquillity of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”
Aphra Behn

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham

“Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.”
Bill Watterson

“These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”
Roald Dahl

“A problem is a way of creating a future. When plants grow and evolve they do so by way of problems, developing features to avoid predators, to maximise light or to retain moisture.” Claire Colebrook, philosopher and cultural theorist

“PhotoReading is the best way to get through the top business books of today.”
Brian Tracy, best-selling author and international expert on entrepreneurship and selling

“I guess there are never enough books.”
John Steinbeck

“Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
Anne Herbert

“Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
Emilie Buchwald

“I couldn’t live a week without a private library – indeed, I’d part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor before I’d let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.”
H.P. Lovecraft

“If you read more slowly than you’d like, consider taking a course to increase not only your reading speed but also how fast you absorb the information. The best resource I’ve found is the PhotoReading course.”
Jack Canfield, writing in his New York Times bestselling book The Success Principles

Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people – people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
E.B. White

“Luckily, I always travel with a book, just in case I have to wait on line for Santa, or some such inconvenience.”
David Levithan

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.”
Groucho Marx

“Leaders today grasp new ideas quickly, read voraciously across many important topics, and need to stay current with the latest advances in their fields. The PhotoReading Whole Mind System shows me how to do it all.”
Ken Blanchard, Ph.D., Co-author of the eight-million selling One Minute Manager

“Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.”
Albert Einstein

“I always read. You know how sharks have to keep swimming or they die? I’m like that. If I stop reading, I die.”
Patrick Rothfuss

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity … we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.”
A. Edward Newton, author and book collector – on the concept of tsundoku

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” Stephen King

“Literature is the power of fiction itself: not making a claim about what the world is, but about the imagination of a possible world.”
Dr. Claire Colebrook, Cultural theorist

Books that changed my life and inspired me
As a speed reader, I completely agree with the anonymous quote above and I still have a bit of apprehension that I might run out of books to read. I love reading and I’ve read and speed read thousands of books in my life. Some books have literally changed and improved my life and some have transformed me as a human being. Books that changed my life and inspired me

Information overload? Keeping up to date with speed reading.

Information (overload) this is the fastest growing phenomenon  on this planet. Information is superabundant. According to The Economist the amount of digital information increases tenfold every five years. But another source (EMC2 – responsible for the World Information Growth Ticker above) says that, “The world’s information is doubling every two years. In 2011 the world will create a staggering 1.8 zettabytes. By 2020 the world will generate 50 times the amount of information.” In another study “How much information?” researchers Hal Varian and Peter Lyman measured the total production of all information channels in the world for two different years, 2000 and 2003. Varian and Lyman estimate that the total production of new information in 2000 reached 1.5 exabytes. They explain that is about 37,000 times as much information as is in the entire holdings Library of Congress. For one year! Three years later the annual total yielded 3.5 exabytes. That yields a 66% rate of growth in information per year. So, nobody knows exactly how much information there is and how fast it’s growing but we know for sure that there is far too much information that we can process.

Half life facts - How information goes ouf to date

Half life facts – How information goes ouf to date

And information changes and goes out of date all the time (as suggested by this book ‘The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date‘ by Samuel Arbesman. Smoking has gone from doctor-recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the Brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. Eating meat used to be good for you, then bad, then good again – now it’s a matter of opinion. I have no idea any longer whether or not red wine is good for me. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing. Information overload = information unload. Much of what we believe to be factual has an expiration date, but the good news is that we can see it coming (according to NewScientist).

That’s why speed reading can help you to keep up to date with information in your field.

Physical Fitness in Childhood Leads to Higher Reading and Math Scores

Research has shown connections between fitness and brain health, which leads to better brain function and cognitive skills such as reading and memory. According to co-author Trent A. Petrie, PhD (University of North Texas): “Cardiorespiratory fitness was the only factor that we consistently found to have an impact on both boys’ and girls’ grades on reading and math tests… This provides more evidence that schools need to re-examine any policies that have limited students’ involvement in physical education classes.” Previous research suggests the same for mental acuity in seniors (and to remodel the brain), so physical fitness is equally essential for all age groups. Read more…

Smile – enjoy what you’re reading. Tip #7 for speeding up your reading.

>7 Smile – enjoy what you’re reading
Summary: Being in a happy, positive frame of mind makes it easier to take in information. Even faking a smile can have a similar effect.
Your state can strongly affect how well you read at any given moment – and therefore there are several techniques designed to get you into the best state for reading. The first is simply to smile. And even when you relax your face, keep the smile in your eyes. Feel your inner smile.
Research has shown that people understand better and take in more information when they’re happy. So the happier you are, the better reader you become.
Further research has shown that the physical effect of smiling can affect our mood positively (it releases endorphins, the happy hormones) and make us feel even more like smiling. So if you don’t initially feel like smiling, ‘fake it till you make it!’
And yet more research indicated that seeing someone else smile, or even just looking at the picture of a smile, can cause you to smile.
DO IT NOW… Smile

Watch this informative talk about the benefits of smiling


How to digitise all your books – and carry your digital library with you at all times. Book scanning made easy.

The main reason I wanted to digitise all my books was to have access to them at any time (on my Mac, iPad, iPhone, online) and also to be able to search the whole e-library rather than just individual books. And I wanted to get rid of my bookshelves, because I was moving house. Also Google’s attempt to digitise all the books on this planet has got a bit stuck – this is my one small step in the same direction.

Book digitising in 3 easy (but quite time consuming) steps:

Step 1. Get a double-page scanner and paper guillotine cutter – Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500M Document Scanner and A3 guillotine paper cutter photo trimmer heavy duty. Better still borrow them (which is what I did) or share the cost if you buy it, either directly or on eBay. The scanner is a good investment (I’ve scanned all my tax documents, etc).
Step 2. Cut/chop off the spines of the books with your guillotine. Keep the pages in order.
Step 3. Run the pages through the scanner (very straightforward and it scans both sides at the same time), but you need to flick through the book to check for stuck pages. (If the scanner detects pages that are stuck together or several pages going through together at one time, it will stop which allows you to sort out the problem and continue – but you want to avoid this if possible.) Both sides of the page are scanned at the same time (but you can set for a single side scan if you’re scanning just a document). Because it’s a small scanner you can do only 50-100 pages at a time depending on the type of paper.
You can’t scan bigger than A4 formats. You can save the files in different formats – I’ve chosen pdfs. The scanner can convert the images to text if you choose that option, but it will slow down the process so I’ve opted out of that. Instead I converted the pdf images to text later using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Pro (OCR: Optical Character Recognition – Documents > OCR Text Recognition). This software converted the whole folder which made the pdf fully searchable and editable – but this did take a few days (for all 700+ books).  I tend to read ebooks on my iPad now and iAnnotate PDF  is probably the best app for reading and editing pdfs.

A part of about 600+ books digitised

A part of about 700+ digitised books

A couple of tips from me and Tom (who did it first and lent me his scanner and the cutter – for which I’m very grateful – he’s a great NLP trainer and has some interesting NLP online courses:
1. There will be lots of blank pages at the back of the books – reuse them as scrap paper. But remove them before scanning. Good eco-karma.
2. Flick through the books to check for stuck pages, especially at the beginning of the book. Also for bookmarks and post-it notes that might be there – these might jam the scanner. I kept the folded corners intact because this is one of the ways I mark important information. The key value of this process is that I wanted the wisdom from the books ie all the underlining and highlighting and comments I’ve made. That’s the true value of digitising books. I don’t need more raw knowledge or information – I could easily get these books as ebooks at a later date. What is valuable is the work I’ve already put into the books when I’ve sped read them and noted what is key to me.
3. As a byproduct of the scanning process – I’ve downloaded (photoread) lots of books just by flicking through them to check for stuck pages. Downloading is one of the 37 speed reading techniques that we teach that primes the brain with the information from the book so when you work with the book it’s easier to process.
4. You can name the files later if you need to. I used APA (American Psychological Association) format which I had to use when doing my Masters in Environmental Psychology which goes like this: Norman, S., Cisek, J. (2010). Spd Rdng – The Speed Reading Bible. Amazon: Kindle.
There are other referencing styles.
5. Because I was scanning lots of books every day – about 10 books/hour my fingers got quite dirty. The tendency is to lick your fingers to turn or check pages. DON’T DO IT! Some books can still have some unpleasant chemicals in both the paper and the ink – you don’t want to ingest the toxins. So don’t lick your fingers – check out The Name of The Rose (book or film)  – oops I’ve just spoiled if for you – sorry. But actually, knowing the ending of the book is good for your learning.

In America they have a book digitizing service available for as little as 1 USD/book –  I wish there was somebody here in the UK doing this – it would have saved me about 6 days of scanning.

I’ve filmed the whole process and will publish a video about it shortly so bookmark this blog now.

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle

Lctra Rpda - La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida (Técnicas ... y Aprendizaje Acelerado)

Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida (Técnicas … y Aprendizaje Acelerado)

Spanish translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle: Lctra Rpda – La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: Un Libro de lectura Rápida Con 37 Técnicas, Sugerencias y Estrategias para la Lectura Super Rápida

La Biblia de la Lectura Rápida: destrezas fáciles para la lectura rápida con resultados comprobados para que las apliques en seguida a cualquier material de lectura (libros, informes, revistas profesionales, manuales, libros de texto, textos online, e-books, etc.) para que puedas leer más, más rápidamente, con mayor eficacia, tanto si eres un profesional, un empresario, un estudiante o un profesor, un educador en casa, o simplemente te interesa tu propia formación y desarrollo personal, en cualquier tema (hasta en Ciencias Empresariales, Medicina, Derecho, Informática, Interpretación e Idiomas), demostrando, entre otras cosas, cómo usar tus ojos más eficazmente, recordar más, acceder a tu inteligencia de aprendizaje, extraer el significado de un mínimo de contenido, enfocarte en tu objetivo, encontrar los puntos calientes de la información que necesitas, y ponerlo todo en práctica, con el resultado de tener más tiempo libre y de ahorrar dinero mientras consigues más éxito en los negocios y en la vida.

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Parents using more words (33 million) help childern with their future achievements

Common sense and speed reading suggests that if your vocabulary is large you’d be reading faster and more. Now a US study suggests that the amount of talk between parents and children can predict their future achievements better than class, race or income. Frank Field, the UK government adviser on poverty, found that a child from a middle-class, stable family has on average heard 33 million words before it starts school. And that is 23 million more words than a poor child. (Obviously, he means the amount of talking, not the amount of unique words. English language has only over 1 million words.) Field suggests that poor parenting skills in deprived families lower a child’s prospects by the age of three. Field started a pilot schemes in Birkenhead to teach the art of parenting which will include a detailed ‘highway code’ agreement for parents, a ‘parenting curriculum’ at school and rites of passage.

Where do innovation and creativity come from?

Creativity and innovation seems to be the flavour of the month. Watch this video with the key authors who wrote books on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship: Matt Ridley, Steven Berlin Johnson, Jonah Lehrer and Peter Sims. They talk about why brainstorming doesn’t work, why it’s essential to cultivate eclectic connections and how to get the next great idea in a warm shower. All the books written by the speakers are highly recommended for anyone interested in creativity, innovation, success in business or is an entrepreneur:
 Jonah Lehrer: Imagine: How Creativity Works
Matt Ridley: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Steven Berlin Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Seven Patterns of Innovation
Peter Sims: Little Bets – How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge From Small Discoveries 

Summary of The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

Summary The Top Five Regrets of the Dying A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

Bronnie Ware’s book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing,” is based on her experiences as a palliative care worker. In her role, she had intimate conversations with people who were facing their own mortality. Swas present during the last days of some 2,000 people. Before they died, she would ask them about their regrets. The book revolves around the most common regrets she heard from those who were dying. Here’s a summary of the top five regrets as outlined in her book:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. Many expressed regret over not having pursued their dreams and aspirations instead of living a life that met others’ expectations.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Some regretted spending too much time on work and career at the expense of spending quality time with family and friends.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. People often regretted not having expressed their true feelings more openly to avoid conflict or rejection, leading to unfulfilled lives.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Many missed their old friends and regretted not maintaining those friendships over the years.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. People regretted not allowing themselves to be happier, often realising too late that happiness is a choice and lamenting taking life too seriously.

In addition to enumerating these regrets, Ware’s book also delves into personal reflections and lessons on how to live a life without such regrets, emphasizing the importance of authenticity, connection, expression, and happiness in one’s life.

Book bags by Olympia Le-Tan – too small for iPads

Olympia Le-Tan, book bags clutch selection

Olympia Le-Tan, book bags clutch selection

You can’t judge a book by its cover. Olympia Le-Tan, French kooky accessory designer (who honed her craft at Chanel and Balmain before setting up her own label) puts a new spin on this saying. The book-bags are bounded with silk, hand embroidered with black satin and lined with Liberty print poplin and with £1000 tag (sold out at time of writing this blog). Michelle Williams, Natalia Vodianova, Natalie Portman, Clémence Poésy and Tilda Swinton are fans of Olympia Le-Tan. Unfortunately, the size of the book bags is just a bit too small (6″ x 8″ x2″) to carry iPad (7.31″ x 9.50″ x 0.37″) but otherwise perfect for the Kindle.

Read summaries. Rd smrys. Speed reading technique #26.

Speed reading technique #26: Rd smrys – Read summaries 

Reading summaries is the quickest way of getting the book’s message, overview and context.

 “Brevity is the soul of wit.” William Shakespeare

Research on summaries shows that people remember more (and for longer) after reading a summary than they do after reading the whole book. When you are previewing a book, always check whether it contains chapter summaries which quickly give you an overview of what the book is about.

As you read, look out for phrases which indicate that the author is giving a summary, eg ‘to sum up’, ‘in summary’, ‘in short’, ‘in a nutshell’.

Even better, find a summary of the complete book – there are lots of compilations of summaries published as books or online. Often a good review will give you a summary of the book’s key message. (See Resources for collections of summaries  or check out our speed reading blog which has many summaries of the top and relevant books)

Take notes from the summaries on a mindmap or rhizomap (speed reading technique #17) as you would from the whole book.

By the way …You will usually read a summary more slowly than you would read a ‘normal’ book because the information is so dense. But if you think of reading as ‘information gained in relation to time spent’ (rather than ‘how fast am I reading?’ speed reading technique #3), summaries are an excellent investment of time.

Why do we find people borning? Because they can’t summarise.

Professor Robert Ewers, from Imperial College London, suggests that we find people boring because “They just can’t summarise information. That’s mostly what it boils down to. They spend a long time telling you things that are obvious.” Professor Ewers has just published his study in a letter to the journal Nature about the length of boring speeches. He said, “For every 70 seconds that a speaker droned on, the odds that their talk had been boring double.” As Shakespear suggests, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” – some of the most interesting and powerful speeches were short. For example, Winston Churchill’s first speech as PM, when he told the Commons “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Although Professor Ewers thinks that it’s unlikely that his research will change the manner of boring speakers, the real value of his findings is for the audience. “For the audience, this is exciting news. It’s not all in your mind. That boring talk really did go on forever. You’re not insane. That dreary experience was everlasting.”

Giving public talks or speeches is a skill that can be learnt, so not all is lost on boring speakers. The first step is easy – just read more summaries to get used to summarising.

31 Ways To Get Smarter In 2012 – according to Newsweek

New Year – new beginnings and apart of using speed reading to know more here are 31 tips collected by Newsweek and backed up by scientific research. Most of them you probably know by now but some might surprise you. Summary of all the top tips to get smarter in 2012 and here’s the link to further explanation if you need it.
1) Play Words With Friends
2) Eat Turmeric
3) Take Tae Kwon Do – or anything physical: dancing, tennis, etc
4) Get News from Al Jazeera – can make you more open-minded
5) Toss your smartphone – at least for a weekend
6) Sleep. A Lot. – especially when you’re learning a lot
7) Download the TED app – the best library of talks on almost everything
8. Go to a Literary Festival – research suggests that reading novels will make you smarter
9) Build a ‘Memory Palace’
10) Learn a Language – Michel Thomas tapes are excellent start for beginner Spanish, German, Italian, French
11) Eat Dark chocolate – of course! yummy
12) Join a Knitting Circle – surprise here
13) Wipe the Smile Off Your Face – we suggest smiling to get into a good state (endorphin effect) but frowning apparently makes you more analytical and sceptical
14) Play Violent Video Games – not sure here, there must be better and more peaceful way – who sponsored this study
15) Follow these people on Twitter: Economic genius Nouriel Roubini (@Nouriel), online show host Jad Abumrad (@JadAbumrad) and author Colson Whitehead (@colsonwhitehead).
16) Eat Yogurt (probiotics)
17) Install SuperMemo (a flash card program)
18) See a Shakespeare Play – engages your brain more actively than most texts. Check the summaries of all Shakespeare plays
19) Refine Your Thinking
20) Hydrate – drink more H2O
21) Check out iTunes U
22) Visit your local Art Museum
23) Play a musical instrument – I wonder if Garage Band counts
24) Write by Hand – this one is very interesting since we type so much. Other studies suggest that by committing in writing to a goal/task we increase the chances of accomplishing that goal/task. The second best way is to tell somebody about your commitement.
25) The Pomodoro Technique – this mysteriously sounding technique is just a simple management technique of working in 25 minutes sessions (in speed reading we suggest 20 minute working sessions because basically you can and Parkinson’s law states that the task expands to the time available)
26) Zone Out
27) Drink Coffee – to boost short-time memory and keep depression at bay
28) Delay Gratification – key habit of successful people and builds executive functioning
29) Become an Expert
30) Write Reviews Online
31) Get Out of Town

We personally would add three more tips (3R – or three qualities if you like) that will ensure you become smarter this year and beyond:
1) Reflection – reflect on the day’s learnings (what you’ve learned which builds your knowledge and what you should unlearn to build your wisdom, according to Lao Tzu) – keeping a daily journal or diary will help with these – according to the tip 24 ideally written by hand
2) Relationship – everything from quantum bits to learning a new language to encounters on the street depends on the mastery of this
3) Resilience – one study suggests that the act of listing your many identities (father, mother, surfer, British, Buddhist, driver, speed reader, etc) will build your resilience.


Future of information processing and delivery – animated infographics (example: history of iPhone)

Printed books (as we know them) have dominated the transfer of information, knowledge and wisdom for over 600 years. Digital technologies allow for better presentation of information. Visual language was the original concept behind presenting information in less linear and wordy formats. Animated infographics are paving the way to quicker, more effective ways to present information. Here’s an example of the history of the development of iPhone in an animated infographic video. However ineractive apps are the real future of information delivery. One of my favourite apps is ZITE – where the app is actually learning what I like to read and finds the appropriate information, saving me lots of time.

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Preview before you start reading. Speed reading technique #2

Preview before you start reading. Speed reading technique #2

Summary Spend 2 to 5 minutes looking through the book, finding out what it’s about before you start reading. Just this one technique can save you hours of time and money (by identifying books you don’t have to read or buy).

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

It’s amazing how many people decide to buy or read a book based simply on its title, cover or subject matter. They buy it without even opening it. Then once they’ve started reading, they somehow feel obliged (to whom?) to continue reading to the end.

You no longer need to waste time like that. Just because a book’s on your subject, it doesn’t mean it’s a good book. Previewing helps you recognise the difference between good and bad books before you’ve spent time reading them all the way through.

The purpose of previewing is to find out what the book is about and to enable you to decide:

  • in general what this book is about
  • whether or not to buy/borrow/read it
  • what you think you can get from it that’s useful to you (your purpose)
  • how long it’s worth spending on it (or whether it’s a book of reference that you’ll want to go back to several times)

HOW TO preview

  • open the book and flick backwards and forwards through it two or three times to get a feel for it, noticing the layout, size of the font, any graphs, pictures, illustrations, captions, etc
  • quickly read the cover blurb front and back (but be aware that this is written by the publishers to try to sell the book and it is not always accurate)
  • check the date of publication (this is crucial for subjects which go out of date very quickly, such as computing or quantum physics)
  • read the contents list, and look through the book at chapter titles and headings
  • look through the index for key terms and ideas which are relevant to you (notice how many entries there are for relevant terms)
  • search for something you know should be covered about this subject
  • evaluate the credibility of the author and the dependability of the information – and, if relevant, the people who recommended it to you
  • check the bibliography and references for credibility and for possible sources of further information
  • check for chapter summaries (a quick source of key information) – in particular, check the first and last chapters and the beginnings and ends of chapters
  • open the book at random and read a couple of paragraphs to judge the style of writing

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Spd Rdng (speed reading) technique: first and last – validated by new research. Knowing the ending of the book is good for your learning.

Spd Rdng (speed reading) technique 37: read beginnings and endings – validated by new research. Knowing the ending of the book is good for your learning.
We’ve pointed out from the brain’s point of view that an ideal way to read a book is to start with the first chapter (which tells you what it’s going to be about) and the last chapter (which tells you the conclusions). The only downside when it comes to novels might be that it spoils the ending for you. However, new research undertaken by Nicholas Christenfeld (Professor of social psychology at the University of California, San Diego) and Jonathan Leavitt (PhD candidate at UC San Diego studying psychology) shows that people typically enjoy a book more when they know the ending in advance – even when the story has an unexpected twist at the end. (Which explains why we’re happy to go to the the same film or to reread a book again and again.) So now there’s even more reason to use the technique with factual material – knowing the conclusion means that you know which information is important as you go along. If you don’t know the end then everything is of equal value. They always said that hindsight is 20/20! Read more about this speed reading technique.

Soundtracks for books (with Booktracts) – Immersive reading vs speed reading

New idea for book reading: just add ambient and contextual soundtracks to books. Booktract – with it’s soundtracks for books is trying to enrich people’s experience with books by filling them with appropriate background sounds, sound effects, etc synchronised with your reading speed. Yes, sounds interesting so I’ve downloaded a free Booktrack soundtrack book/app – Sherlock Holmes. There are a few functions that speed readers might want but they’re actually counter intuitive. For example, there is a reading indicator which is there to help you pace yourself and you can adjust it but it is all too mechanical and works only at the regular limited speeds.  And what’s worse is that if you choose the underline or ball indicator it jumps under or over each word respectively. There is a slider indicator on the right hand side that points only at the line but again the problem is the speed. As all speed readers know, in order to read fast and with comprehension, we need to read meaningful chunks of words, not individual words (speed reading principle number 6: read the message not the words – and principle number 11: focus on hot spots of information, in our Speed Reading Bible). This reading indicator can potentially harm your reading by instilling in you a bad habit for reading ie reading word by word (as opposed to speed reading principle number 8: take fewer steps per line). There is an on/off button. However, the soundtrack won’t be synchronised with the speed of reading. There is a speed reading test where you can check how fast you’re reading though and then use that to set the reading indicator speed. There is a slider to adjust the reading indicator which limits your reading speed to 700wpm (word per minute) which might be slow for some speed readers. But the major problem it that it is designed for novels and to read them for pleasure you need to read them at different speeds in whatever way pleases you.
I’m sure people will try it a few times and time will tell if it will take off in a big way beyond the novelty factor (although they have big companies such as Sony and HarperCollins backing them). It might take some time to get used to the whole idea. Interactive books are the future though – for example Vooks. It should work for children’s books. I’ve looked at some kids books (for example on iPad: The Fantastic Flying Books ) and they’re amazing and very cheap. I wonder what kind of soundtrack they would add for summaries of books such as Passing Time in The Loo – Book Summaries.
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Research Proves that Water (with fluoride) Lowers your IQ

30 studies that link fluoride to reduced IQ, impaired neurobehavioral development, and fetal brain damage have come from China where fluoride occurs at moderate to high levels in the drinking water in what is known as “endemic areas for fluorosis.” While there have been shortcomings in the methodologies of some of these studies, they have been remarkably consistent in their findings. Children exposed to excessive fluoride have been consistently observed to suffer from some form of neurological impairment.
• 24 studies have now reported an association between fluoride exposure and reduced IQ in children
• Three studies have reported an association between fluoride exposure and impaired neurobehavioral development
• Three studies have reported damage to the brain of aborted fetuses in high fluoride areas, and
• Over 100 laboratory studies have reported damage to the brain and/or cognitive function among fluoride-exposed animals. (Connett P, Beck J, Micklem HS. 2010. Appendix 1, Fluoride and the Brain in The Case Against Fluoride. How Hazardous Waste Ended Up in Our Drinking Water and the Bad Science and Powerful Politics That Keep It There. Chelsea Green Publishing, VT. 2010.)
The solution: install  a whole house water filter that filters fluoride. Recommended filter (mention my name Jan Cisek and you’ll get 10% off the filter) and switch to non-fluoride tooth pastes.  Further  reading and all the research

London Riots, Books and the Psychology of Looting

While  psychologists try to explain the UK riots, as an Environmental
Psychology student I was particularly interested in what kind of shops the
looters were robbing. What choices were they making as consumers?

Not good ones, apparently. To quote one reporter, they are a mob and a mob
with bad taste – since the shops they concentrated on looting were Primemark
and poundstores.

Not only that, but in Clapham Junction, London, where almost all the shops
in the high street were looted, one was left untouched by rioters –
Waterstones bookshop (according to Zoe Williams in The Guardian). Are these
looters unable to read?

Some have said that a large number of youngsters were involved in these
riots because it was the school holidays, the nights are longer, and they
were doing it for the buzz. Is the implication that if they had only been
able to get hold of a gripping book, they might have kept out of trouble?

To give the looters the benefit of the doubt, maybe they are digital readers
with free Kindle apps downloaded to their BlackBerries (did they remember to
nick Blackberries and iPads?). Or maybe at this very moment they are reading
ebooks such as Frickonomics, or Malcolm Gladwell’s latest or bestselling
summaries such as Passing Time in the Loo
or even our own Spd Rdng – the
Speed Reading Bible

Hmm. I somehow doubt that. But at least they were not into burning books.


10 technologies that will change the world in the next 10 years

Dave Evans (Cisco’s chief futurist, and the chief technologist for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group) outlins what he believed to be 10 technological trends that will change the world in the next 10 years.
1. The Internet of Things: There are now more things are connected to the Internet than people. By 2020, the number of Internet-connected things could be more than six devices for every person on Earth.
2. The Data Flood: About 5 exabytes of unique information were created in 2008 — the equivalent of a billion DVDs. In 2011, it will be 1.2 zettabytes (one zettabyte equals 1,024 exabytes.) More reasons to learn speed reading but hopefully technology will be able to do that for us.
3. Wisdom of the cloud: one day all data will live on the cloud ready to be accessed at any time.
4. The next ‘Net: Network performance has increased by 170,000 times since 1990. Over the next 10 years, experts expect the speed to networks to increase by 3 million times.
5.The World Gets Smaller: With always-on connectivity, social influences will continue to move rapidly between cultures. A smaller world also means faster information dissemination.
6.The Power of Power: As the human population also continues to grow, more efficient methods to provide power are becoming a necessity, particularly solar energy.
7. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot: 3D printing. Most homes will own a 3D printer which will allow to print most objects and then ultimately human organs. For example, this bicycle was printed using a 3D printer
8. Another Family Tree:
 Virtual humans, both physical (robots) and online avatars will be added to the workforce. By 2025, the robot population could surpass the number of humans in the developed world. By 2035, robots could completely replace humans in the workforce.
9. Yes, there’s a cure for that: the technology will advance so much that most illnesses will be curable.
10. Humans or Borg? “Humans are entering a stage of self-designed evolution.” said Stephen Hawking,  Taking the medical technology idea to the next level, healthy humans will be given the tools to augment themselves. Just look at some of the examples of technological advances so far:  Spanish researchers discover substance for photographic memory (July 2009), Italian and Swedish scientists develop the first artificial hand with feeling (October 2009), retina implants restore vision to blind patients (March 2010), Texas Heart Institute develops a “spinning” heart with no pulse, no clogs and no breakdowns (June 2011)..  Read more

Spelling Strategy Made Easy

Spelling strategy made easy

Some people find spelling very difficult. Some people find it very easy. What makes a good speller? All good spellers have a simple strategy to spell. They usually look up or straight ahead to see the word and some of them check it afterwards to see if it feels right by looking down towards the hand they write with. We all can do that. Recognising your own car or bicycle is as sophisticated as recognising the correct spelling of a word.

Spelling strategy is easy

Spelling strategy is easy

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How many books will you read in your lifetime?

How many books will you read in your lifetime? is the title of  an article by Mark Mason. He thinks he can’t read more than 800 books in his lifetime. If he could only learn speed reading then that would change. But more important question is posted on the comments part: “it doesn’t matter so much how many books you read, but what those books gave you”. We all ultimately want wisdom, not more knowledge. There is no shortage of knowledge, what’s missing is wisdom and overviews. Famously Lao Tsu said , “To become more knowledgable, each day learn one new thing. To become wise, each day unlearn one thing.” And remember to be aware of homo unius libri (Latin, meaning “man of one book”). David Beckham once claimed to have read only one book, on an England trip to Moldova but couldn’t remember the title. He was in his early twenties then. Read in full the article “How many books will you read in your lifetime?” For the record I’ve probably read about five thousands books so far and I intend to read thousands and thousands more (especially now when ebooks are very easy to carry around in my iPhone). But there are probably only a few hundreds of books that made a huge difference on my life and that I will treasure forever.  The shortcut to wisdom and quickly accessible knowledge are of course summaries. Read more about the power of summaries.

How to Hold Your Pen or Pencil Correctly in the Most Ergonomic Way (like Taylor Swift)

How to hold a pen or pencil correctly and ergonomically

Taylor Swift holding pen correctly

Taylor Swift holding her pen correctly (and ergonomically)

What if I told you most of us hold our pen and pencil the wrong way? We tend to hold a pen between the thumb and index finger, however, there is a much better and more effective way to do that.

According to research by Dr. Hideki Oshiki from the Joetsu University of Education in Japan, holding a pen correctly could save you energy but 90% of people hold their pen the incorrect way.

In fact, holding a pen between the index and middle finger is the right way. This kind of grip is achieved effortlessly by children and practised by painters and artists, including famous American recording artist Taylor Swift, pictured.

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How to improve memory

How to improve memory

In ancient Greek and Roman times, memory was greatly valued – the word itself comes from the name of the Greek goddess of memory, Mnemosyne. Roman senators had to address the senate without written notes, so they perfected ways of improving their memories and identified the two main principles underlying conscious memory: imagination and association. You associate the thing you want to remember with something fixed, and then you use your imagination to make the picture as vivid as possible. The Romans associated their ideas with fixed points around the room they were talking in, and then referred to them (which gives the English expressions: In the first place …, in the second place …, etc.) The peg-word and link-word systems involve learning a series of items linked to numbers (1=sun, 2=shoe, etc, or a phonetic system which can run into the thousands). This is the list to which you then ‘peg’ the items you wish to remember by creating vivid images involving the peg word and the item to be remembered. Alternatively, create a story in which a series of items are linked sequentially.

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Come to your senses: how much information your senses process

Come to your senses:
The eye takes in 10 million bits of information per second and deals consciously with 40.
The ear takes in 100,000 bits of information per second and can deal consciously with 30.
The skin takes in 100,000 bits of information per second and can deal consciously with 5.
We can smell 100,000 bits of information per second and can deal consciously with one.
We can taste 1,000 bits of information per second and can deal consciously with one.
From Human Physiology by Manfred Zimmermann’s Springer-Verlag 1989.

One-day Memory workshop – the perfect introduction to speed reading

Would you like to improve your memory? Remember more of what’s important to you? Then join us for this one-day special course on memory skills.
The workshop will be taught and facilitated by Susan and Jan, and will also include a 75-minute syntopic processing session  which is the perfect opportunity to experience spd rdng. The course is for people who have either completed, are enrolled on a Spd Rdng course or just interested in speed reading, learning and memory.  If we all bring one or two books on memory for sharing we’ll have the benefit of all the received wisdom on the subject.
TO BOOK: email Jan on DATE: Sunday 26 June 2011; 10am-5pm FEE: £99 VENUE: East Finchley N2 8LL (North London)
Testimonials from the course:
“Memory techniques work!” Student, London
“It was a very enjoyable and inspiring memory workshop.” Student, London
“Very clear and simple format for memory improvement.” Raina Malik, London