F1gur471v3ly 5p34k1ng?

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Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this you have a strong mind:
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53RV35 7O PR0V3
D0 4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3 7H1NG5!
1N 7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17 WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W, 0N 7H15 LIN3
R34D1NG 17
W17H 0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17,
C3R741N P30PL3 C4N
R3AD 7H15.
PL3453 F0RW4RD 1F
U C4N R34D 7H15.
h/t Laura

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0 responses to “F1gur471v3ly 5p34k1ng?

  1. Once I got to the second line it became clear all the way through. Then I started from the beginning and the parts I first missed cleared up. Then I had a “duh” moment when the subject line hit me as well! 🙂
    There’s hope for my brain yet! 😉

  2. Our brains are amazing in its adeptness at seeing patterns and order out of rubbish and chaos. 😉

  3. Kule! 🙂 (But where do you forward this? 😉 )

  4. BritCapitalist

    It’s great! What does it say?

    • BritCapitalist

      Steve, OMG! Ten thousand apologies!!! “What does it say?” was a joke that turned out to be too subtle (dry humor I guess)  I passed it by my daughters and they read the message instantly too (amazing brain quirk) so I imagined it was that transparent for everyone else and because of that made, what I thought, was a “funny”. It has NOT started my day well to learn that I have put you through this unnecessary time and trouble and again, I sincerely apologize. Thank you tho’. Have to watch out in future!

  5. LOL – I’ll try this tomorrow after my sixth cup of coffee. 🙂

  6. Interesting, given that this appears on a site called “Conservatives who love America.” I have to ask: what do you think about the fact that conservatives forced the national phonics agenda on our schools and this interesting reading activity literally proves that “reading” — or, successfully reconstructing an author’s written mesage — does NOT require phonetic decoding or correctly spelled words? America’s schools are struggling because reading theory is wrong, impairing the ability of children to easily comprehend what they read. Reading requires deciphering, not decoding. That means that students need to be focused on constructing meaning, not on identifying each and every word, based upon its phonetic composition.

    • Am I to understand that you and liberals in general honestly want American children to spell at the “F1gur471v3ly 5p34k1ng” level WHEN THERE ALREADY IS A PERFECTLY COMPREHENSIBLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE OF CORRECT SPELLINGS? You are perverse.

      • No Dr. Eowyn. You’ve misunderstood. And, I’m not a liberal 🙂 Voted for GW in 2000; didn’t vote for him in 2004, though, because I saw where No Child Left Behind was headed. Am planning to vote for Romney because Obama has had nearly four years to straighten out the NCLB mess. The point is that the human brain is marvelously complex and sophisticated. As such, it is capable of using phonetic information in ways that are much more efficient than “decoding.” Yet, decoding is the ONLY way that the reading field is teaching reading at the moment. This is problematic because it moves the brain’s focus away from the construction of meaning as the primary purpose of reading and to word-by-word disjointed reading as the purpose of reading. Word-by-word reading interferes with comprehension. This problem was created by Shaywitz et al.’s misinterpretation of 1990s research. The researchers assumed that word identification and reading were, essentially, the same cognitive act. They are not. They are different acts, involving different patterns of brain activation. This reality has been verified through scientific experiments and neuroimaging. Yet, the reading field still has not acknowledged the dichotomy and the serious implications for reading development. So, in summary, the scrambled text is simply a demonstration that the human brain does not necessarily use “decoding” or even the identification of words in isolation from one another as the primary reading strategy. Rather, the brain only needs key sound-symbol clues in combination with the search to answer a key question: “What is the author trying to communicate?”

    • Interesting that you think conservatives run the Dept of Education, National Reading Panel, and National Research Council, all who agree that phonics help kids to learn.

      • Apologies if this is a repeat. Of course phonics are necessary for reading. The point, DCG, is that the “science of reading” that is presently popular makes decoding and word identification the ONLY things that are important in reading. Can you recognize the problem with such thinking? Comprehension is suffering because it is LAST on a contrived list of “skills.” It is not first. The body of science that was created between 1998 and 2002 is significantly flawed and the flaws explain why reading scores nationally remain flat, in spite of billions of dollars of federal and state investment to improve reading outcomes. Don’t let the “university researchers” who have a personal stake in being right fool you. They have it wrong — and our children and our nation are suffering for it.


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