Case against speed reading
Another article that resonated with me a lot. In my whole life, I’ve been trying to figure out how to read books as fast as possible. I even made a video about it. But slowly I realised that the faster I read, the less I learn from the book, which sounds obvious when I say it out loud. But to truly understand and apply what’s in books, you have to engage with them by thinking and writing about what you read.
Only the three parts combined, reading, thinking, and writing, produce a true change in your brain and make you a better thinker. To write about what you read is important even if you don’t aim to write books on something. Still, you have to write if you want to think properly. Still, you have to write to process information properly.
Some people are impressed if someone reads three or four books a week. They think “Wow, he surely knows a lot.” I don’t share this opinion. To me, it is just a testimony of their shallowness in processing. This is fine if you don’t care. If you read for fun, go ahead and do it. But don’t try to impress anyone with things you don’t have invested energy into.