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The PhotoReading method by Paul Scheele

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I have found Paul Scheele’s book on photoreading very exciting. A technique for reading stuff at multiple speed? A heaven for lovers of books and learning like me. But does it actually work?

Various views can be found about Scheele’s whole mind system method by doing a little search. Many claim to have achieved fantastic results by using it, like reading and learning things faster and with higher efficiency than before. Others (like the NASA Research Center) are more sceptical and put such good opinions down to self-hypnosis: one has the feeling of knowing the text, but in reality, when checked with tests, it is simply not true. Let’s see the method, prepared my way – in a mind map, to give you an idea of the process.

Copyright of this method is Paul Scheele's, this mind map is only intended to give an idea about it - if you would like to give his method a try, buy the book or the audio material, or visit one of the courses where it is taught

Copyright of this method is Paul Scheele’s, this mind map is only intended to give a general idea about it – if you would like to give his method a try, buy the book or the audio material, or visit one of the courses where it is taught

I have read the opinions and the book, but I haven’t believed either side. I had to try it for myself. I used the technique to read two books and tried to activate the knowledge. As long as I don’t have some material that someone else knows very well and could test me with, as they did for the NASA research experiment, I must trust my intuition regarding the result. Which is? I do feel like I know the text better, but I would not dare claim to know it as well as if I had read the books in the ‘traditional’ way.

There are several possible reasons for this outcome:

  1. I have only learned the method from a book and not at a proper course, besides I am a beginner with not much experience (even though I have also used some mind control technique I learned earlier, recommended to reach the quick-study state)
  2. The NASA research was right
  3. Both or neither of the two. It is certain that I am taking some value from this little experiment with me. I will not photoread texts as such in the future, but I will use the rest of the steps because they do provide a good overview and a better understanding of the material.
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LEARN to WRITE on Coursera

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write narancsNow which category does this post belongra to? Learn? Write? I am starting to realize that Read-Learn-Write overlap a bit more often than I expected. But the purpose was to post about all of them, so not a big trouble if one post contains several of the Thought Factory’s major topics, right?

I haven’t taken much time to visit Coursera recently but I always check out their course selection they send me, just in case. And just in case has just popped up in my mailbox: they are now offering the course ‘Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade’. I have never seen such an opportunity on Coursera, so precisely ‘on-topic’ for me – so of course I have enrolled. Honestly, I do not know how much time I will have to follow it (just look at how much I have posted nowadays to see what I mean), but it’s just something I have no chance to resist. A free online university course on Fundamental English Writing? Whatever, I’m in!

Which means that hopefully you can now expect to see snippets of interesting information about the craft of writing here in the Thought Factory. Only… someone please give/sell/steal some time for me so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself.

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New look, new topics

factory sunriseYes, I have turned my half-dead author’s page into a Thought Factory. Why and what’s the difference?

Because the number of my writings – be it poems, short stories or novels – in English is limited. My thoughts on writing, reading and learning are not. So I have turned to lighting some creative sparks (or colourful bubbles – look around, they are hovering around, grab one!) in my visitors’ heads using my own. This is a place that produces thoughts in your minds while sticking to the realms of three specific, exciting topics.

Read, Learn, and Write. Books, interesting and new ways of learning and developing your mind or recognizing the tricks it plays with you, and writing, crafting stories, bringing characters to life. Warning: in ‘Learn’ I might treat the topic a bit vaguely because I am fascinated by anything that has to do with the human mind. In fact, I had considered calling it the ‘Mind Blog’ instead of the Thought Factory, or ‘Judit’s Mind Works’ (and of course a thousand other things), but quickly dropped both ideas for obvious reasons. But we are coming close to insider secrets – secrets of my mind –, so let’s not go deeper into this…

The page still contains a few writings of mine and I might add a few, and since these are mainly fantasy or sci-fi, you can also expect more content related to these genres.

Meanwhile I am building my Hungarian author’s page, so pay it a visit if you speak the language and please be a tiny little bit patient if not, because I am also working on my novel Utopia – the Isle of Peace. Some details are coming up soon!

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