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How to read 20,000 words a minute, and more unbelievable claims


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How to read 20,000 words a minute, and more unbelievable claims

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more 6 November 2019 Quick lit Exciting news for those struggling to catch up on back issues of New Scientist: colleges in China are offering courses in speed-reading, promising students the ability to zip through texts at 20,000 words a minute.…

How to read 20,000 words a minute, and more unbelievable claims

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more


6 November 2019

Quick lit

Exciting news for those struggling to catch up on back issues of New Scientist: colleges in China are offering courses in speed-reading, promising students the ability to zip through texts at 20,000 words a minute.

We got wind of this story (a t a m u c h s l o w e r p a c e) via China Daily, which published a viral video showing students flipping through whole books in seconds. The bookworms, filmed at a reading competition in Yancheng, Jiangsu, are said to be practising “quantum speed-reading”, a technique pioneered by Japanese educator …

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