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  •  I was a reading specialist in the schools (7+ / 0-)

    A mature reader reaches a stage of automaticity where mental processes that once took effort become automatic. If words in a text only retain the first and last letter in order and the rest are mixed up, it will not slow down the reader since they are using context to predict what the word should be. The C o 8 l read as collate is similar to an incident in a book by A. S. Neil who while running a school had a student deliberately step on a snail in front of him. He took it personally.

    Another fact you should know about reading is that we automatically read words that appear in front of us, Thus we have text during TV ads and bill boards on the highway, we can't help it, we read them all.

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 11:18:18 PM PDT

    •  Not everyone. Perhaps people directed by (0+ / 0-)

      superficial optics are more susceptible, but I don't read anything accidentally and ignore all advertising intentionally. If an ad penetrates the exclusion, then that's a clue there is something worth noting, like the ExxonMobil ad which claims "all it takes is the idea." That's significant because it echos the mind set of people for whom the only reality is the idea. Also, I pay more attention to sound than to image and place much importance on touch. Indeed, I think it is the sense of touch which orients us in the material environment and without it people are, literally, out-of-touch and, as we witnessed in Dubya, touch people wrongly.
      U.S. popular culture seems to be very much visually oriented. What things look like is more important than anything, even though it is common knowledge that "appearances are deceiving."
      What does "make up" make up for? Why do people have to "put on my face"?

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