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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* FEATURE ARTICLE: “Compromising with Omniscience" by Kate Jones
* Comments & Feedback
* Links - archives, back issues, homepage
* Question Quest - Challenge #1
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.]
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
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NEW ON THE WEBSITE...
The long-awaited "Image-Streaming for Groups" instructions are
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:email@example.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 .
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.
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Of its operations. If you'd like to be involved in this great work,
to whatever extent you are able, please contact Tijl Koenderink,
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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:
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:
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:
Questions? Contact Tijl Koenderink, Executive Director of Project
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
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,
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
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:
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
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
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:email@example.com )
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
To send feedback privately to the author, email Kate Jones at
To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:
To post your feedback or promote a discussion of this topic:
COMMENTS & FEEDBACK
Muhammad Latiff ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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:email@example.com )
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:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Adam Levenson ( mailto:email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Anthony Rao ( mailto:email@example.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
- Anthony Rao ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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
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
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:email@example.com )
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QUESTION QUEST - Real-world solutions to real-world problems
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
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?
Email your questions and recommended solutions to: Question Quest
( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?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.