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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

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March 2004                                      

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements

*  Events

*  FEATURE ARTICLE:  “Compromising with Omniscience" by Kate Jones

*  Comments & Feedback

      Muhammad Latiff

      Adam Levenson

      Anthony Rao

*  Links - archives, back issues, homepage

*  Question Quest - Challenge #1

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

The precepts of the law are these: to live honorably, to injure

no other man, to render every man his due.

 

    - The Institutes of Justinian [533 A.D.]

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this month. We hope

to hear from you and to give you much food for thought. Back

issues are available upon request. Just add the month to the

subject line:  mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

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NEW ON THE WEBSITE...

 

The long-awaited "Image-Streaming for Groups" instructions are

here: http://www.winwenger.com/is-group.htm

 

The much-requested FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is online,

http://www.winwenger.com/faq.htm, with your best questions from

years of exchange. Don't see a question you'd like answered? Send

it in to mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=FAQ .

 

The Project Renaissance website at last has its very own Site Map

( http://www.winwenger.com/sitemap.htm ). Take a look. You'll be

amazed at the many interesting pages you may have missed before.

 

"Pole-Bridging in the Brain to Build Intelligence" is the theme of

February's Winsights ( http://www.winwenger.com/part73.htm ). Win

Wenger explains the "why" and "how" of this important phenomenon.

 

Project Renaissance introduces a new public-service feature:

Question Quest ( http://www.winwenger.com/question.htm ), where

you propose the questions and you suggest real-world solutions

to real-world problems, using any creative problem-solving

method. Prizes awarded for selected questions and successfully

implemented solutions. Challenge #1 appears at end of this issue.

 

Read about other news at http://www.winwenger.com/new.htm .

 

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CO-AUTHORS WANTED:

Active and/or retired professionals in psychology, economics,

history, biology, physics, sociology, chemistry, etc., to co-author

with me new kinds of introductory texts (various age levels) and

methods-of-teaching texts. To become part of an eventual discovery

curriculum.   ...Win Wenger, Ph.D.

( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Texts

 

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VOLUNTEER HELPERS...

Project Renaissance needs volunteers to help with certain aspects

Of its operations. If you'd like to be involved in this great work,

to whatever extent you are able, please contact Tijl Koenderink,

Project Renaissance's executive director, for more information:

mailto:tijl@dare2b.nl?subject=Volunteer

 

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ADDRESS CHANGE? If your email address changes or your email box is

full or your spam filter blocks us, we can't get The Stream to you.

Please, before that happens, make sure you notify us of any change

and put winwenger.com on your safe senders list.

 

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SUBSCRIBER OR MEMBER? If you currently only subscribe to The Stream,

you can upgrade your participation in Project Renaissance to full

membership, free. Membership in Project Renaissance entitles members

to additional benefits. If you're not yet a member, please register

now, here:  http://www.winwenger.com/regmem.htm or from link on the

homepage, http://www.winwenger.com .

 

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DUPLICATE MAILING? If you received two (or more?) copies of this

issue of The Stream, please let us know by replying to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=duplicate 

 

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How you can participate...

 

* You can post messages on Project Renaissance's discussion board

  about any Project Renaissance topic and join any ongoing

  discussions. No log-in required. Please visit our homepage at

  http://www.winwenger.com  and click the Discussion Board link. To

  post a message right now, click here:

  http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage

 

* The long-established, popular Image-Streaming egroup is here:

  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/imagestream - requires Yahoo sign-in.

 

* Submit articles, comments or questions for possible inclusion in

  The Stream:  mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=TotheEditor  

 

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EVENTS

 

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THE-NEXT-IDEA 2004 CREATIVITY WEEKEND - April 2-4, 2004

Harper's Ferry, W. Virginia (90 minutes from Washington DC)

Explore and Facilitate Personal and Organizational Creativity -- 

Experience the Science, Art and Spirit of Creativity.

 

The conference is structured as a Micro-University experience with

3 to 4 different sessions every hour and a half. You will create

your own experience by choosing from - Business, Professional and

Personal Creativity as well as Facilitation Skills. For Sessions

and Leaders, and samples of workshops, visit their website at:

www.thenextidea2004.com 

 

Cost:  Conference registration is $130 for two days or $75 for one

day. Room and meals is $85 per day. For multiple occupancy (3 or

more), the price is $65 per day. So the average price for the

entire Creativity Weekend would be $300 or less. Registration:

www.thenextidea2004.com or contact Andre and Judy de Zanger at

1664 3rd Ave., New York, NY, 10128. Phone 212-289-8856;  e-mail:

mailto:creativityinstitute@juno.com  

 

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PROJECT RENAISSANCE SPRING WORKSHOP - May 15-22, 2004

At the famous private facility in Pasadena, Maryland.

 

Training with Win Wenger and distinguished trainers.

May 15-16  Business meetings, planning workshops

May 17-19  Advanced Trainer training

May 20     Private healing sessions with Chuck Bubar

May 21-22  Beyond-Einstein training for beginners. This training

is specially tailored to give people with interest in trainership

information on becoming a Project Renaissance Trainer and what

Certification will include.

 

This is a unique opportunity to receive the training. You will not

only be trained by Dr. Win Wenger himself, but will receive more

personal attention because of the number of experienced trainers

Who will be present to help guide this training. You will also

receive a complimentary copy of 'Discovering the Obvious', Dr. Win

Wenger's latest book. Tuition, $395

 

Early registration discount, $50 (before March 31). Certain other

discounts may apply (students, alumni, family members). Full

details online. Register now to earn the early bonus:

http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm#May

Questions? Contact Tijl Koenderink, Executive Director of Project

Renaissance:  mailto:tijl@dare2b.nl

 

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NATIONAL PRESS CLUB SPEAKER - June 19, 2004

Dr. James H. Austin, M.D., author of "Zen and the Brain" and

"Chase, Chance and Creativity," will speak at the National Press

Club at 11 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2004. He will address concern

about learning, discuss both books, and join us for lunch. This

event is by invitation only. The talk is free. Lunch will cost

about $12. Please email Elliot Ryan to indicate your interest in

attending: mailto:nppress@sitestar.net

 

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CONFERENCE ON CREATIVITY - July 15-18, 2004

Celebrating Individual Creativity: From Inspiration to Application

15th Annual International Conference on Creativity in Colleges and

Universities - on the campus of Northwood University, Midland,

Michigan.

 

Global assembly of those who value, teach, and practice Creativity.

The audience will comprise higher-education teachers and creativity

practitioners in both academia and enterprise. See their website

for additional information: www.northwood.edu/abd

 

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PROJECT RENAISSANCE DOUBLE FESTIVAL - November 12-14, 2004

13th Annual Conference on Creativity and Accelerated Learning

Maryland/Washington, DC area

 

This year’s theme is the ‘Theory and Practice of Education’.

The leading experts in the field of learning and education will

share their practical success stories and secrets to help you

accomplish the same in your school or classroom. The combination

of a membership with a support environment of ‘Progressive

Educators’ makes this THE event to attend. Mark your calendar

now. More information is on the website:

http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm#df

 

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Feature Article:

 

                     COMPROMISING WITH OMNISCIENCE

                             by Kate Jones

 

 

Some years ago, I consciously faced this question:  There is a huge

though not infinite amount of knowledge in the universe. There are

a huge but not infinite number of books in the world, in existence

and continuing to be created at a rate exceeding any rate of

consumption by any means available to a single individual.

 

And I consciously accepted the answer:  I am not omniscient nor

omnipotent nor omnipresent. I can understand, however, why these

are desirable qualities and why we have conceived them in our

constant search for growth, and why we have endowed them to only an

impossible Being.

 

And I made my peace with never knowing everything and not reading

every book and not seeing every movie and TV program and visiting

every website and personally knowing every person who shares the

globe with me. To preserve sanity and self-esteem, I made a bargain

with myself:  I will organize what I know and what I need to know in

a rational hierarchy based on objective reality and on the specific

environment (physical/intellectual/emotional/interpersonal) in which

I have to function, by choice or chance.

 

By good fortune, the mind is a fine piece of equipment that can

function in just this way. It already automatically taxonomizes and

organizes and files and integrates and differentiates and references

and cross-references and associates and interconnects and retrieves.

Ah, this last is my only problem. In the grand structure I have no

problem, but pulling out the data bits, the trivia, the endless

inconsequential flotsam of daily experience, there is inconsistent

speed and quantity of access. I rationalize that if it were really

important, I'd remember it. And if I get a second chance to absorb

it, it will be more retrievably encoded.

 

Just as in the old saying that if everyone swept in front of their

own door, the whole street would be clean, in the knowledge field I

like to think that everyone has a unique and special data set, and

that among all of us is contained the collective knowledge of all

mankind. And day by day more of it makes its way onto the Internet,

where you can find anything you need and want at the touch of a

Google button.

 

And what you need to know the most is naturally reinforced by the

individual conditions of your life.

 

As for the idea that there is an overload "of apparently precious

information so that it becomes self-reinforcing as each question

raises so many others leading to more and more information", the

strategy of coping with that is by categorizing, the hierarchy I

mentioned above. It's like your computer's folders and subfolders

and subsubfolders.  A single icon can represent a huge body of

information, which unpacks on demand.

 

All that precious stuff is already filed in there. Your mind's

associational faculty takes care of that. And that is why Win

Wenger's methods are so effective. They maximize what you can

retrieve and how to get at it.

 

- Kate Jones ( mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com )

 

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About the Author:  Kate Jones is webmistress of the Project

Renaissance website and managing editor of The Stream. She also

runs her own educational games and puzzles business. See

http://www.gamepuzzles.com  

 

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To send feedback privately to the author, email Kate Jones at

mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com?subject=Omniscience

To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Omniscience 

To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:

http://bbs.cartserver.com/bbs/b/7733/#PostMessage 

 

 

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COMMENTS & FEEDBACK

 

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Muhammad Latiff ( mailto:al_jawad@hotmail.com )

I've read your book, "The Einstein Factor," and really tried two of

your techniques described in it:

  - Portable Memory Bank

  - Of course, Image Streaming

  - and your good friend Paul Scheele's Photoreading

 

I've practiced for a year already (although I admit not consistently)

and have found some insights. Why not try Image-Streaming WHILE

Photoreading? This may sound a bit like Freenoting (I'm going to

try this one soon), except that instead of Freenoting at regular

intervals in the book being Photoread, you articulate your inner

perceptions of the subject being handled by the book SIMULTANEOUSLY

while you turn the pages and absorb.

 

This serves a few purposes:

  - eliminates subvocalising

  - increases "neurological contact" with the book

  - enhances inner and outer understanding of the book

 

I also have some questions:

 

You mention that I have to describe my Image-Stream in rich, sensory

detail. Well, does that mean I have to have a good vocabulary in

order to describe my images vividly? And surely I can describe in

ANY language, right (silly question)?

 

- Muhammad Latiff ( mailto:al_jawad@hotmail.com )

 

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Dear Latiff - Your principles are good, and your suggested procedure

may also be and is certainly worth investigating. If trials of your

technique turn out to be productive, we may well feature this as a

guest article/technique. Thank you very much. I'm forwarding this

exchange both to Paul Scheele himself and to our listserve members

as an invitation to those Renaissance practitioners who also Photo-

Read to try this technique out and report back. Many thanks.

 

- Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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Adam Levenson ( mailto:xyai2000@yahoo.com )

The more I'm getting in touch with my own awarenesses, the more I'm 

realizing how I'm understanding things, simple things and difficult 

things alike. I am so aware that whenever there is perfect under-

standing, I am getting an image that is having it make sense VERY

quickly. I'm aware of it, I see it for a split second. It can also

be in any sensory form, such as trying to draw something, if you

literally become what you are trying to draw and CONNECT with it in 

that way, it works out easily compared to just trying to draw some-

thing you are making absolutely no connection with in some way. How

can it be disputed that understanding isn't simply someone's 

ability to read their unconscious signals, or to get them more 

readily? How many times do people that really understand things 

simple and difficult alike question how they do it? It just happens 

so it's not even considered. It's reflexive, something trained, 

conditioned! It's just paying attention to yourself, your own 

thoughts.  The majority of why IQ is raised as a result of Image-

Streaming is much similar to the reason perception of all kinds is

Increased - you're simply paying attention to what is and has 

always been there. Conditions ya how NOT to ignore what's most 

important, your own awarenesses. 

 

So basically subtle is only subtle since it has been ignored; the 

game is to make the subtle very obvious as it naturally should be. 

It has only become subtle because it has been ignored, that's not 

naturally how it should be. Isn't it ridiculous now that people 

laugh at one another at times or are just genuinely rude in their 

judgements towards each other when people are simply conditioned

to ignore their own ideas and perceptions early on in life against

their own will? So basically people that are close-minded about

someone's abilities, and can't get beyond the idea that they are

simply just stupid and have to insert a rude remark, are being

cruel to someone that has already experienced cruelty or

conditioning that prevented them from growing. And there are

many people that say that human beings aren't just animals? Well,

there are many people that say a lot of things...

 

If you have so many people not questioning things on a regular

basis, interested in understanding and reason before emotion and

belief, that's a huge waste of human life, and will probably

lead to a huge loss of life.

 

I realize in many ways now how very real and important it is to

get people realizing they are really quite brilliant. We're all

affected in some way by the good and the bad.

 

- Adam Levenson ( mailto:xyai2000@yahoo.com )

 

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Anthony Rao ( mailto:deepblue1996@yahoo.com )

Query:  I really wish I knew the meaning of it all. I wish I

understood what creates that which I think I am. Is electricity

produced by neurons responsible for consciousness? In truth, are

we really responsible for anything? If we are just neurons,

chemicals, etc. - that is me right now - then I don't really

exist; rather, the neurons and other substances do. I don't have

control over those processes, since they are creating me. Do

neurons, since the moment they came to be in each of us, react

in a domino-effect way? I sometimes think I could find answers

to these questions, but I'm scared to. I'm just filled with so

much fear.

 

- Anthony Rao ( mailto:deepblue1996@yahoo.com )

 

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Dear Anthony - What a fascinating question you pose. This is

really the eternal quest of mankind: - what are we, and why?

 

It may give you some comfort to recognize that all those neutrons,

protons and electrons that are you, are also the same stuff out of

which the whole Universe is composed. And those that create you

are yours alone, a special and unique set of cohesiveness assembled

by a blueprint, your DNA, evolved over the millions of years that

life has been emerging out of the inorganic stream of matter. That

humans are a lifeform with the unique capacity for awareness and

self-awareness makes them infinitely precious.

 

That we have self-awareness and a considerable range of self-

directedness does, indeed, make us self-responsible. Generally

it's called "free will". Our molecules, that hold together to be

and to remain us, have a major agreement among all the cells of

the body, including the brain and all our neurons, to define the

unique individual that each of us is. You exist as long as this

cohesion exists. You could even say what an awesome thing it is

that we are entrusted with the care and preserving of this unique

individuality, and the care and preservation of our life-support

environment. At every moment of our lives we have the power of

choice, and so we cause the consequences of those choices. We

are, indeed, responsible for all the choices we make.

 

Look at it this way. If a book were only the neutrons and electrons

it's made of, would it exist? Of course it exists, and it's more

than just its material substance, because it holds, for as long as

the stuff it's made of stays together, the encoded knowledge that's

printed on its pages, and that knowledge is a record of what some

mind has discerned and identified and made transmittable about the

world, the space and relationships of everything we can perceive

and understand.

 

All that is a cause for great joy, not fear. We are each one of a

kind, never before seen and never again to be duplicated. It is

the glory of sentient life of such complex consciousness to make

the most of the here and now, and to leave a lasting value in the

world that will help to preserve and nurture others of our kind.

We each do make a difference.

 

Notice that none of this insight requires reference to any Creator

or external agent as a wild card, although it allows room for such

metaphorical musings.

 

I hope some of these thoughts will be helpful to you. We all go

through life wondering at these questions. We all possess the

answers, hidden within our subconscious. The techniques taught

by Dr. Win Wenger and described in the Project Renaissance website

are powerful means for accessing those answers.

 

- Kate Jones ( mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com )

 

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To send your comments about this subject to The Stream, write to:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Comments 

 

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LINKS

 

*  Back issues of THE STREAM by email upon request from

   mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=BackIssues

 

*  Index of feature articles in The Stream archives:

   http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm

 

*  Archived copies of Capital Ideasmiths are here:

   http://www.winwenger.com/Capitalidea/capidea1.htm

 

*  Project Renaissance homepage:  http://www.winwenger.com

 

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PROJECT RENAISSANCE

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QUESTION QUEST - Real-world solutions to real-world problems

 

                         CHALLENGE #1

 

You may use any means for deriving either questions or answers —

any of the creative problem-solving techniques described in the

Project Renaissance website, or other techniques you may know, or

even consulting experts in relevant fields.

 

You may submit questions for which you would like others to find

answers, and you may propose answers to others' questions, or you

may just ask further questions in a Socratic manner to assist the

questioners themselves to find a solution.

 

This Question Quest is being coordinated by Project Renaissance as

a public service and as an exploration into practical applications

of creativity. 

 

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    Question No. 1:

    A 17-year-old young man has extreme difficulty breathing

    because of a concave ribcage which prevents his lungs from

    expanding properly. He has to take about 31 breaths a

    minute to survive. He is considering surgery to have his

    ribcage altered. Is there a less drastic measure that

    would offer him relief?

 

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Email your questions and recommended solutions to:  Question Quest

( mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Quest ).

Please include a note as to what problem-solving methods, if any,

you used in arriving at your answers. Prizes will be awarded for

the successful solutions upon implementation. Let's make a real

difference in the world. New questions will be posted here and on

the website as they are selected.

 

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