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Old 04-23-2008, 02:50 PM   #1
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Can you read this? Fast?

I don't know if the 55% is true or not, but it certainly is interesting to note that I could pretty much read it as fast as I read normal text. Have a go!

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fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too.
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55% of plepoe can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it.
p.s. this has been posted before and was not created by me.
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Old 04-23-2008, 03:19 PM   #2
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I don't know if the 55% is true or not, but it certainly is interesting to note that I could pretty much read it as fast as I read normal text. Have a go!
No problems reading it. But then I can decipher my own handwriting weeks later, so this was hardly a challenge
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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It might be helpful to be dyslectic.
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Old 04-23-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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No problems reading it. But then I can decipher my own handwriting weeks later, so this was hardly a challenge
I don't have any problem reading it, but I often can't decipher my own handwriting. I don't spell so good either, maybe that helps me.
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:02 PM   #5
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The phenomenon happens thanks to the human mind's affinity for Pattern Recognition! Huzzah Pattern Recognition!

Our minds are very, very good at subconsciously examining visual cues and sorting them into something that makes sense (instinctively developed from all those years of picking out the lion in the tall grasses). Just one of the incredible things that make us Earth beings so unique in the universe.

It's also one of the reasons why so many writers need editors, to catch the instances of these that slip into manuscripts.
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Old 04-23-2008, 05:12 PM   #6
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Just one of the incredible things that make us Earth beings so unique in the universe.
Ah, been surveying the pattern recognition skills of the galaxy's sophants again, have you?
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:20 PM   #7
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I don't have any problem reading it, but I often can't decipher my own handwriting. I don't spell so good either, maybe that helps me.
You must be an engineer too.
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Old 04-23-2008, 06:45 PM   #8
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My degree is in engineering, but I've never really used it, is that close enough?
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:07 PM   #9
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I could read the passage almost as fast as normal text. I didn't have to unscramble the letters, but just guessed from the context and the existence of a few letters in each word.

I've been reading English every day for last fifty years. I think my brain was applying images it knew well to a few hints. It was guessing, jumping to conclusions, without analysing in detail.

The brain can make wrong guesses of course: Consider all those images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary we see in toast and stained walls, and the Face on Mars that we see in a few shadows. And of course, the old optical illusion of "Paris in the the Spring", where the brain ignores the repeated "the".

Intriguing. Thanks for that, original poster.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:15 PM   #10
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And of course, the old optical illusion of "Paris in the the Spring", where the brain ignores the repeated "the".

Intriguing. Thanks for that, original poster.
Aw, you got me on that one! Good one too!
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:49 PM   #12
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Along the same lines: what do you see when you look at the moon?

I used to see a face, until a Spanish teacher pointed out that you can also see a rabbit, now I can only see the stinkin' rabbit.
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I've seen this kind of thing before, but not the statistic. 55% can't possibly be true! It seems really low, especially since everyone who's posted so far cannot only read it, but read it very quickly.

I suppose that if the statistic includes illiterate people it might be accurate, but I would assume that only people who can already read would be tested.

Can anyone here not read it, or only read it with great difficulty? I suppose no one would want to admit it, but it's nothing to be embarrassed about if 45% of the population is that way!
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Finally: something to validate my longstanding claim to being above average!
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:26 AM   #15
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unbelievable - i can read that faster than ' normal ' text !!
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