Welcome to the Archives of Capital Ideasmiths, Project Renaissance's original newsletter, consisting of 6 issues published between 1998 and February 2002. Please note that because these are archives, many external links contained herein may no longer work. The subject matter contained in them, however, is of enduring value and part of Project Renaissance's body of work. We thank Michael Cole for having produced and stored the 6 volumes on his own website until January 2004, when they became part of the Project Renaissance website.
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Project Renaissance's Capital Ideasmiths -- Volume 1
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A Personal Welcome
A Personal Welcome From the Editor
Project Renaissance, the world's leader in creativity and intelligence enhancement, has come a long way within the last few months. In light of the many modifications and formalizations this great non-profit organization is experiencing this periodical newsletter has been created. In celebration of this great event there have been a number of professional texts and books published online for free. But only those who are members of Project Renaissance may access them. How can you become a member? Simply click here.
For those unfamiliar with the main points of the many Project Renaissance teachings read on.
Mike Cole, Editor for Capital Ideasmiths
on Project Renaissance
His newest breakthrough book, Discovering the Obvious, been sent to the printers and should be ready in slick publication form soon. It can still be ordered now in its pre-publication version.
More Winsight articles are due on the World Wide Web at "Hot Rod Your Head!" (http://botree.com) soon (probably in early May).
Wins thinktank for June will be held Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 PM. Currently all of Wins "Socratizing festivals" are held in Gaithersburg, Maryland. For more information see Dr. Wengers website at: http://www.winwenger.com
A new online registration form and info provider for Double Festival 7, Project
Renaissances *superb* worldwide interactive conference, is up at:
Grand Re-opening of the famous webzine Hot Rod Your Head! took place on May 1st.
Win Wenger participated in a live celebrity chat at 9PM EDT there on that day. Hot Rod
Your Head! can be found at:
The transcript for that event can be found at:
Find out what Image Streaming is and how to do it at:
A Call to Form
It just so happens that one major way of utilizing our limbic systems is through social interaction. We are all by nature social. The very part of our brains which prompts us to be social in any sense is our limbic system. Though areas such as the neo-cortex enhance the effects greatly it is only by the limbic drives that we can fully utilize, through the spontaneous organization of our subconscious minds, our whole minds.
What does all this mean? -- If you form your own local group your mind will reap the benefits! Working together with others will stimulate those limbic drives, and the subconscious tendencies which create your Image Streams. It is also much more productive when you discuss your Image Streams with others rather than just thinking about them. There is more on the benefits of getting together in groups in The Einstein Factor (p. 224).
You might note another side benefit of working with others as well. What is more complex and adaptable in this universe than a human? Nothing that we have found so far. Therefore doesnt it make sense to work with other humans in order to increase the complexity of your own mind? The complex feedback loop which can be established between people, especially with the various processes of Project Renaissance, can improve ones mind (and thus ones life) tremendously.
Local get-togethers need not be formal. Just meet at one of the members houses. Relax and chat before beginning the mind-festivities. Play around with the processes, such as the ones presented in The Einstein Factor. First and foremost allow the experience to be fun and rewarding. Local meetings are a time to explore and expand upon the horizons of what you can achieve.
The reasons above are not the only reasons you might get together with others. These are actually some of the more "scientific" and impersonal reasons to get together. There are many more possible social and personal reasons you may want to create a group. For instance, you may want to solve a social or political problem and wish to create a thinktank to solve it. You may even want to make money and thus form a group of individuals to create various inventions which you could work together to create and market. The bottom line is that everyones life will benefit from getting in some sort of group using Project Renaissance methods.
--Dont know anyone in your area interested? Go here to sign up with Project Renaissance.
We will email you with a list of members in your area once we have around three people. Please be patient as we have just recently started the official registrations and it may be a little while before we can get back to you.
Also, dont count on this registration service to find members for your local group. The main recruiter will be you. You can e-mail us at email@example.com for some tips on spreading the word.
Tip: Read. Have you ever met an extremely intelligent person who did not read often? Most likely not. Reading is one of the most powerful things you can do to increase both your awareness and intelligence. Read as often as possible.
Tip: Write. Have you ever noticed the huge amount of autobiographies and journals present in the library for geniuses? It has been hypothesized that writing in journals and recording observations about the world and ones self increases awareness and intelligence dramatically. Writing also has the ability to organize your thoughts and ideas much as describing internal impressions does for Image Streaming. Write as often and as meaningfully as possible.
by Matthew Turco
Webmaster of Anakin's Brain.
Copyright 1998 Matthew Turco, firstname.lastname@example.org
by Mike Cole
Among the problems experienced by beginning Image Streamers there are few as widely complained about as the inability to describe richly. Every paper on Image Streaming claims description in "rich sensory detail" to be an extremely important aspect. Yet many people cannot describe as richly as is demanded by Image Streaming. Some other people can describe quite clearly, yet not enough to where they could fully master Image Streaming. Despite these problems there are methods to master Image Streaming, as with any other skill.
Image Streaming is often portrayed as a very simple procedure. All that is done is closing ones eyes, looking within, and describing aloud what is seen to an external audience. Yet look at the components involved in that. The ability to visualize plays a major part, and which will be covered in subsequent articles. The ability to let go and allow spontaneous imagery is also important. Then, of course, there is the major factor of having an ability to describe aloud. Each of these components consists of various factors which either help or hinder ones ability. Image Streaming may be easy to learn, but it is certainly not easy to master.
The ability to describe well is one of the more difficult components, which consists of other components besides. These include a proper vocabulary to describe, and the ability to articulate clearly. There is also the ability to organize what is seen visually and put it into a form that can be put into words. There are also the five different forms of describing corresponding to the senses. There are so many things associated with description that they cannot all be covered here (though they may appear in subsequent articles or books).
Luckily for Image Streaming practitioners the very act of Image Streaming improves all these areas. In fact, one of the reasons Image Streaming can increase your intelligence and creativity is because it increases your ability to organize and describe thoughts. However, sometimes we get stuck. We may get stuck at the very beginning of improvement, or we may get stuck down the road. Wherever and however we get stuck this article was created to get you unstuck in the area of description ability.
The main focus of this article is actually similar to what be called a "course". It is a five-day plan of increasing your ability to describe, no matter how great or poor you are at describing. In this current article each day will be focused on one sense at a time. In this way you will be able to go beyond simply your visual abilities and expand into every other way of perceiving your world. This will lead to much richer Image Streams, as well as a much fuller perception of all reality.
Here we go . . .
Day one: Smell
Day two: Taste
Day three: Touch
Day four: Hearing
Day five: Seeing
Also: For even further enrichment visually see Win Wengers free online book You Are Brighter Than You Think. The Einstein Factor, an even greater book to begin your exploration with, can be purchased here.
Copyright 1998 by Mike Cole, email@example.com.
by Win Wenger, Ph.D.
You can find his official web site here.
Humankind had rough beginnings.
Our emergence as a species took place during an epoch of global disasters. Alternating ice ages with epochs of virtually unbearable heat, alternating rainswamp and epochs of searing drought. --And loss not only of our original forest habitat but of a succession of the subsequent habitats to which we had started to adapt in turn..
Forming under these extreme conditions, our species HAD to be able to survive in both old and new and further, unanticipated environments...
Relate to the above the biological definition of intelligence: the range of factors, internal and external, which one is able to take into account in pursuit of his wants and needs.
To this very day, necessarily, we are born with a far wider range of capabilities than we will ever get around to using. --So we can cope with whatever environment we happen to be born into.
We have spent a lifetime learning what awarenesses not to be conscious of..
Some of that is probably good. I don't think I would want to forever be consciously aware of and monitoring my own liver function, for example. (Though there are conditions, like cirrhosis or hepatitis, when one really would like to become consciously aware of that so he could act to guide it into preferred directions.)
But a large part of our conscious shut-down definitely is not good. Especially amidst modern conditions which separate and insulate us from the immediate consequences of our own choices and our own behavior. --Especially while we are young and rapidly forming.
Feedback - a/k/a "reinforcement" - is how we learn what works and what does not. Not only that, it is how nerve cells, nerve circuits, and the brain itself develops, more than by any other mechanism including nutrition, heredity, stimulus, or schooling. (More on this crucial issue another time, however.)
Every complex system, living or non-living, has to be responsive to changes in its environment - especially to those changes which result from its own behavior and choices. Any system which is not responsive to its feedbacks, which is not susceptible to its reinforcements, in this changing world of ours does not get to be around for very long.
Small wonder that Psychology's main natural law, just as gravity is a major natural law of physics, is the Law of Effect: "You get more of what you reinforce."
Putting things together---
With # 3 below, we will show you simply how to turn on ANY undeveloped sector of skills and/or intelligence. Before this amazingly simple prescription, though, please let me raise one more key point--
In the study of strategies, also known as the theory of games, the cardinal rule is to seek to maximize your desired options and/or access to your various desired options, so that you are getting to make the choices.
--In negative-sum or 0-sum game branches of strategy theory - those sectors where one necessarily has an opponent and someone has to lose, the form of that rule is to work to maximize your own desirable choices while limiting those of your enemy. Make your actions less predictable thereby so they are harder to counter. --And, correspondingly, make your enemy's choices more limited and predictable. This is why, in chess, for example, the emphasis in the early moves is almost always on "developing your position."
--Whereas, in real life, most situations are mainly win-win games. Our outcomes are still affected by the moves of the other player(s), but most or all can win at the same time, often cooperatively. There, the form of the cardinal rule becomes to maximize desirable choices for everyone including yourself.....
Why this aside on game theory?
It's not an aside. In either type of (game) situation, your cardinal objective is to increase the range, number, and variety of your desired available choices. AND:
--Remember the biological definition of intelligence? --the range of factors, internal and external, which you can take into account [your available choices, in other words!] in pursuit of your wants and goals...
Strategy analysis or game theory, therefore, tells you that its cardinal rule is to increase your intelligence!
--Aside from all the pleasure and rich reward of really informed awareness and experience....
Thus it makes sense to learn or re-learn how to turn on some of that 99.999999999% of your awarenesses and capabilities that you've spent a lifetime learning to turn off. --Out of all that vast range of undeveloped awarenesses and capabilities: we move from pathologically non-optional towards optimal, by reinforcing into conscious focus those awarenesses and capabilities which better add to our online intelligence, our immediately available positive options. Those resources which embody or access best our positive options.
Now we are ready for point # 3: how, surprisingly and simply, to turn on ANY undeveloped sector of skills, awarenesses and/or intelligence...
It's the same simple formula as for Image Streaming, shown to rapidly increase not only "I.Q." but a whole host of "intelligence"-related capabilities and experience. Or for what's been reported as the European method for training an ordinary person into a sophisticated, sensitive wine-taster or perfume tester:
Three days of this intense sensitization, and ordinary people reportedly become highly sensitive, sophisticated tasters, testers or whatever.
The same clearly should apply to developing skills of interior design in terms of decor and taste; the apparent fact that most highly involved published writers of music criticism or art criticism, even if their reviews are wrong, tend to be - or become - highly intelligent. ANY skilled field involving the reading of subtle behavioral cues....
[Yeah-how DO all those supposed ignorant charlatans develop such sophisticated skills as to give nearly all their customers apparently effective readings? Either you have the human mind working at its finest there, generating a maximum of effective information from minimal cues, or you may have to credit something going on beyond the merely sensory. SOME sort of sophisticated high-order function is going on there - and in whatever case, this brief shows you how to recreate it if you like.]
Of the million-and-one possible ways to implement what this brief has given you - a simple, direct way to turn on major sectors of your underused, underdeveloped intelligence, ability and awareness:
--To do what?
For this next point I'm indebted to a close and good friend and colleague, Matthew Turco, webmaster at http://www.anakin.com/
While this brief shows you a direct, simple way to heighten your intelligence generally, you might do best to pick something specific that you are unable to do now, that you CAN do once your intelligence is higher. Most of us don't have ready access to the IQ tests which don't give us that immediate a feedback and reinforcement anyway. Picking specific targets may make it easier to focus and elicit relevant marginal awarenesses with, than are the more abstract definitions of "intelligence" or the cardinal rule of game theory. Also, probably the more concrete, the more motivating. And once you find yourself able to do that specific thing that you hitherto could not, that's a lot more confirming and reinforcing, should you then decide to go on with your further development.
So we think that beside this basic simple principle, of eliciting/focussing relevant marginal awarenesses and reinforcing these brain functions into full verbal consciousness: that it will help you to aim at some specific ability (as part of that general various "intelligence").
Simple Image Streaming and its closest related Einstein-type discovery practices seem, as of this writing, to be the form most usefully related to general intelligence turn-on. 25 hours' easy, entertaining practice of Image Streaming yields substantial "IQ" gains (and larger gains in other, related qualities), according to independently conducted state university studies which bear repeating on a larger scale. Some Image Streaming can also serve as a good part of your way of turning on almost any specific part of your underdeveloped or undeveloped awarenesses and abilities. --As part of your mix of 101 easily used ways. --Ways to focus on your related marginal awarenesses and reinforce them by describing them or otherwise responding to them. --Reinforcing that sector of your awareness, ability, brain-function and intelligence into fully conscious focus.
It's that simple and direct.
Copyright 1998 by Win Wenger, Ph.D., or Project Renaissance, Box 332, Gaithersburg, MD 20884. This brief may, however, be freely copied--in whole, but not in part, including this copyright notice--for use with people whom you care about.