PhotoReading Whole Mind System
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Three: Off To The Races
The most provocative
and controversial step of this course is, not surprisingly, the
photoreading step itself. The next several tapes are devoted to
getting you into “photofocus”, then flipping through
the pages at a second per page, and then later activating the material.
The first book
that Paul has you photoread is the Photoreading book itself –
which I don’t think is a good approach. I think this gets
in the way of the whole point of activating textual information.
Think about it. If you were listening to a book on tape while photoreading
the same book, how would you know where the activation came from?
Are you not possibly activating from the wrong source (i.e. the
But aside from
his choice of reading material and the aforementioned reservations
I have about Paul’s vocal delivery, this whole section is
quite valuable and is the most complete reference I’ve encountered
for photoreading and activation.
In the second
book that you photoread (Paul’s other book, Natural Brilliance),
Paul expands on activation by getting further into techniques like
mind probing, skittering, super reading and dipping, etc. Later,
he gives mindmapping a rather thorough treatment, which is a huge
asset to the process and the course and cover all you'll need to
know about this advanced note-taking process.
By now, if
you’ve followed the steps of the Photoreading Whole Mind System,
you’ve undoubtedly improved your reading speed and comprehension
– even if you don’t get a darn thing from the photoreading
step itself. Why? Because the system itself is based on a series
of multiple passes through the material, all the while maintaining
specific outcomes, and accelerated learning states. This, in and
of itself, is well worth the price of the course and to be honest,
if you NEVER consciously get anything out of the photoreading step,
you’re still way ahead.
And this is
where the marketing of photoreading might be shooting itself in
the foot. Learning Strategies Corp. claims that hundreds of thousands
of people successfully photoread. I challenge that figure, but not
to discredit the course or the method, but simply from my own experience
of talking to many people who “get it” just a little.
On one hand,
they read better than they did and they do experience some conscious
and spontaneous activation. But on the other hand, they aren’t
picking up a book cold and reading 70,000 words a minute with 75%
comprehension, which the marketing materials implies. Could they
learn to do this? Absolutely. But it will take practice. And for
most people, including the many that "get it" just a little,
they simply don’t have enough reading to do to run this skill
completely through the paces.
isn’t as much of a criticism of the photoreading system. I've
noticed the same pattern with memory courses. People reach a point
where they simply don’t require the next level of skill or
they can’t find enough time to devote to it. So while I don’t
want to give people false hope that they’ll reach the end
of this course flipping through pages like the guy in the infomercial,
you WILL improve your reading speed and comprehension. And if you
don’t, Learning Strategies is available for free phone coaching
– a really nice touch for those who seek to excel.
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