Speed reading is a very interesting technique of processing words faster than talking, but as fast as thought. Most speed reading programs today teach diffused speed reading today, but there is a way do this skill thought a healthy, Bates method way. A well-known English gentleman named Lord Macaulay was able to read thousands of words per minute.
My discussion topic is centered around this, how is one able to speed read using Bates method techniques?
Well, if you can shift your eyes fast enough with no strain, then you just read like normal while picking up the pace.
However, I have yet to learn of any way in which one can speed read without causing strain. In fact, I think a speed reading course was a contributing factor for two pupils having to get glasses. They each read at over 30,000 words per minute in front of my own eyes (I was in that class), and the teacher even said for them to not try to go faster because (surprise) they would get headaches. Hmmm. Also, the technique was entirely based on a faulty view of seeing.
The teacher said as an example of what she was talking about, if you look at a tree, you don't see a leaf and then go over the whole tree a leaf at a time, you take in the entire tree at once (eccentric fixation). So, when speed reading, you don't scan the different parts of the letter, you look at the page and grab what you can, which for those over 1,000 words per minute, was at least 50%, one person could even quote verbatim (not in this class) everything on each page.
What's central fixation? Looking at one point and scanning via clicking onto each part of the scenery looking at details. How do we improve vision? Central fixation, NOT eccentric fixation.
Both of the pupils I spoke of early had normal sight at that time. Within 6 months, one had developed myopia, and the other hyperopia. There may have been other factors, but I think that this was a very real contributing factor.
Again, if you can prove me wrong by showing me a method using central fixation, then great! But for now, I'm only using that speed reading ability when mandatory.