I somehow came across this random piece of information today and I just had to share it with you all. Apparently, the world's fastest reader is Howard Berg. And guess how many words he reads a minute? 25,000! Just to put that in perspective, the average is supposed to be in between 200 and 240 words per minute.
Now, apparently he can "read" the book War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy in 15 minutes. A 2007 edition of the book contains 1475 pages, so I'm not too sure how this is possible in the least. Not to mention I'm not even sure why you'd want to read that fast! It's impossible to breeze through a 1000+ page book in fifteen minutes and actually understand, follow, or gain something from the book.
I myself admit to speed reading when the book is slow and/or boring at the moment. I still read and comprehend each word, but I skim over them and don't really make any connections. This has become more of a habit for me - when there's an especially long paragraph describing something trivial my brain automatically goes "Oh! This isn't important! Let's skip." But I think reading 25,000 words a minute is a whole other level of ignorance.
With that said, I don't know if I trust this "Howard Berg" guy. I mean, who reads a 1475 page book in fifteen minutes? That's not normal! That's not natural! And, to be honest, I doubt it's even possible.
Do you think this is possible? Are you someone who speed reads from time to time?