Is speed reading for real?

Old techniques and new apps promise to help you read at phenomenal speeds, but do they really help? How can you become a better reader?

Linguist Daniel Midgley goes cover to cover on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

xkcd’s take on Apple iOS 8’s Quick Text
http://xkcd.com/1427/

How Apple’s QuickType works
http://www.imore.com/quicktype-keyboards-ios-8-explained

QuickType adjusts for whom you’re writing to
http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/17/a-look-at-ios-8s-new-quicktype-feature/

Don’t let it take over your phone, though.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/17/6337105/breaking-apples-quicktype-keyboard

It may cause havoc in your personal relationships.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/09/25/apple_quicktype_fail_ios8_predictive_texting_feature_sends_mixed_messages.html

It may suggest parts of your passwords. Oops.
http://www.idownloadblog.com/2014/09/29/ios-8-quicktype-suggests-passwords/
http://qz.com/270885/apples-new-ios-will-predict-what-you-type-including-it-seems-your-passwords/

More fun with predictive text.
http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/29/6868521/predictive-wrext

Test your own speed reading speed.
http://projects.wsj.com/speedread/

Great episode of Skeptoid on this topic
http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4229

The Skepdic entry
http://www.skepdic.com/speedreading.html

Cecil Adams of the Straight Dope
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/863/does-speed-reading-really-work

A list of apps you can try
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/667-best-speed-reading-apps.html

Computers can be borked
http://gizmodo.com/apple-releases-ios-8-update-to-fix-borked-iphones-1639333610
http://www.macworld.com/article/2687955/apple-offers-workaround-for-iphones-borked-by-ios-8-0-1.html
http://readwrite.com/2014/09/25/apple-ios-8-bugs-fix-iphone-6-iphone-6-plus-borked
http://www.zdnet.com/apple-releases-ios-8-0-2-fixes-borked-update-7000034074/

But Robert Bork came before that.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bork#Bork_as_verb


Show tunes

‘I’ve Read It in Books’ by Echo and the Bunnymen
from the album Pictures on My Wall (Single)

‘Books About UFOs’ by Hüsker Dü
from the album New Day Rising