Your mind is amazing.
It allows you to read this:
“I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid! Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt !”
No doubt you’ve seen this or something like it before. One takeaway here is that our minds are phenomenal. A second lesson is an important reminder that we need to be cautious in our assumptions, not race through everything and take time to listen to each other—and not just fill in the gaps of what we think is being said.
Relephant and awesome Ted Talks bonus on how we acquire language: