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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Promo with James Hall

Show notes

xkcd’s take on Apple iOS 8’s Quick Text

How Apple’s QuickType works

QuickType adjusts for whom you’re writing to

Don’t let it take over your phone, though.

It may cause havoc in your personal relationships.

It may suggest parts of your passwords. Oops.

More fun with predictive text.

Test your own speed reading speed.

Great episode of Skeptoid on this topic

The Skepdic entry

Cecil Adams of the Straight Dope

A list of apps you can try

Computers can be borked

But Robert Bork came before that.

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