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Why you shouldn't speed read

Note: I've had this post sitting around for a while and in light of Scott Young's recent post (be sure to check it out), I thought it appropriate to publish.

What is reading?

To wit, reading is decoding small pictures (letters, who by themselves are of not much use) which are constructed into groups(words) that describe an object or concept. These groups of pictures(words) are then strung together in a systematic way(sentences) which have complex propositions.

Alternatively, reading is visually listening to the thoughts of someone else.

Why I don't like speed reading:

A lot Self-improvement websites are full of ways and reasons to speed read. I personally don't find it very effective for learning and retention. Here are my reasons:

With the above said, speed reading - for me - has a little bit of utility: