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Old 13th December 2014
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Can you read this and believe it?

Is yeu cln rfad tae msssage is tuis wrlting yeu ade apong e soall pprcentage ol tee hdman roce. Tnis m'ssage it r geod wag td stek tho qiats ost fmom aeong tse sseep.
Gaod lgck, feiend.

If yes or no, why?
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Read it; yes (easy). Believe it; no. (The only person who will believe it is the person who wrote it.)
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Rayner, Keith, Sarah J. White, Rebecca L. Johnson, and Simon P. Liversedge
2006 Raeding Wrods with Jubmled Lettres: There Is a Cost. Psychological Science 17(3): 192-193.
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Sorry, this was a deceitful social experiment. Its a little misleading.

Its true that the encryption used is extremely simple. If the message you read is not true, you haven't used the right one.

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Rayner, Keith, Sarah J. White, Rebecca L. Johnson, and Simon P. Liversedge
2006 Raeding Wrods with Jubmled Lettres: There Is a Cost. Psychological Science 17(3): 192-193.
I would have enjoyed their study more, if they had done it more like mine.
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Oddly enough, this same idea is suggested in comparative mythology. For a large majority of persons (local culture 'exoteric') the mythological meanings of things are to be understandable with simplicity. but, from a higher lesser known perspective (wholly culture 'esoteric') considered as a little silly, unless viewed with a slightly more observant perspective.
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Read it; yes (easy). Believe it; no. (The only person who will believe it is the person who wrote it.)
It is munged, not scrambled.
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Can you read this and believe it?

Is yeu cln rfad tae msssage is tuis wrlting yeu ade apong e soall pprcentage ol tee hdman roce. Tnis m'ssage it r geod wag td stek tho qiats ost fmom aeong tse sseep.
Gaod lgck, feiend.

If yes or no, why?
This is a neat way of forcing people to speed read. In speed reading you train yourself to process larger blocks of text rather than individual words. I think it's most interesting in that it states the person reading it is special, as far as I know, everyone who is passably literate can read this, I wonder if they would, if they weren't told they were special. The first sentence is simple. "if you can read the message in this writing you are among a small percentage of the human race." Oh, I'm special and this isn't just someone messing with me, let's read the next sentence for more flattery. "This message is a good way to ..." my brain wants to say "... see who has lost - from - enough - the sleep.", though "who, the, and sleep" are the only words that still fit the previous pattern. Your presentation is interesting to me, because I cannot tell if I can't find a sentence block to fill in the second half of the second sentence, because you've insulted my sleeping patterns or if it is because you have completely deviated from the norm and my sentence block is appropriate for interpreting the haphazard word spaghetti you might find from someone who has lost sleep.

That last point is an indication as to why these exercises are fundamentally annoying, I'm extending you the same sort of strained interpretation reserved for the ill, dying, and speakers of foreign languages, but you are just goofing around.

So, which is it? Have I solved the last quarter of your puzzle or have I exposed my own psychological blind spot?
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Which somehow reminds me of the old line--I think it's Woody Allen.
I took a speedreading course. I read War and Peace in an hour. It's about Russia.
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Or a great line from a comedian named Stephen Wright:
The other day I put instant coffee in the microwave. I almost went back in time.
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The mind is a tricky beast. 10,000 words per minute is outstanding. I was self taught and set the practice aside as my comprehension seemed to suffer and reading technical material doesn't pan out exactly the way fiction does. In hindsight, I was wrong. I've slowed down a little bit and comprehension has picked right back up.

The mind is a funny little machine.
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