We are such interesting critters

We are always learning new things about ourselves – as individuals and as a species. Often what we learn is esoteric and doesn’t seem to have any application in our lives. And just as often, it does, whether we or you or I can see it or not.

And sometimes what we learn is just fun to know. Among the most amusing?  When humans read the written word, it absolutely doesn’t have to be spelled correctly. The word can be jumbled – but as long as the first and last letters are correct and the word is in some context, we can read it every time, without skipping a beat. Lookee here:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

5 responses to “We are such interesting critters

  1. that was great.
    and it tells us something about the shortcuts of the brain, just snap a few facts and make up the rest.. in some ways it’s all prejudice.. better look twice sometimes 🙂


  2. Typical Texan

    I am scuh a telirrbe sepller. Soemtiems wehn I am potsing, I wlil hvae to bcak out sevreal tiems so I can chcek the spllenig of waht I am poistng. My brian sipts out apoprprartley big wrods, and tehn I cna’t sepll tehm! Fnuny, I was jsut tellnig my fahter the otehr day, taht in a way I am illtiearte. I neevr laenred to suond wrods out, but leraned to raed by meomry. The nbumer of tiems I sepll chcek is porof of taht. So of coruse, I had no truolbe rediang the gibebirsh you tpeyd up tehre. 🙂


    • Oh Texan, you’re good! I tried to do an original version of what I put in the post, but I gave up in frustration. I may have to give you a gold star!


  3. Typical Texan

    All I did was type it in normal first. And afterwards went back and rearranged the letters between the first and last letters. I thought I was being kind of corny to copy your idea, actually. Like I was being predictable. I feel better. Thank you for the compliment.


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