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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger


April 2004                                      





*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements/Organizational Notes

*  Events


      “Possible Way to Prevent Dyslexia" by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback and News Items

      Win Wenger   - Prenatal Brain Damage

      Win Wenger   - Systems Theory for Kids

      Win Wenger   - Feedback Loop Software

      Mimi Tandler - Beyond Barriers

*  Links -  archives, back issues, homepage

*  Question Quest - Challenge #2






Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.


    - Chinese proverb









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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Our membership is large and diverse, and many of you have expressed

an interest in communicating with other members who share your topic

of concern or research interest. If you'd like us to share your

email address with other interested members, and to supply theirs to

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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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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


* For current trainers:

We are still looking to contact some of the current trainers, to

invite them to the Spring Workshop. You will receive an update of

the newest Project Renaissance methods, new teaching techniques,

and other organizational issues. Please let us know in advance if

you intend to attend. Special time has been scheduled to place

Project Renaissance techniques in perspective of other AL and CPS

movements such as NLP, Edward de Bono and Learning Strategies Corp.

Registration:  $95 (includes 4 days)


* For people interested in becoming a trainer:

This is a one-time opportunity to receive Beyond Einstein Training

(required for becoming a Project Renaissance trainer) given by Dr.

Win Wenger, assisted by a number of distinguished trainers from the

US, UK, the Netherlands and other areas. There will be special

attention given to becoming a Project Renaissance Trainer, and

personal attention due to the number of trainers present. You will

also receive a complimentary copy of 'Discovering the Obvious',

Dr. Win Wenger's latest book. Tuition, $395 (includes 2 days).


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

details online. Register now: 

Questions? Contact Tijl Koenderink, Executive Director of Project






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. Please email Elliot Ryan

to request an invitation to attend: 






and The Edward de Bono Seminar 2004

University of Malta, Malta - June 21-25, 2004


Would you like to be more creative?  Would you like to improve your

repertoire of thinking skills and practical strategies?  Creative

Thinking is an important human resource. It is important to utilise

this resource to become more creative in today's fast-changing world. 


Professor Edward de Bono, who was born in Malta, is the inventor of

Lateral Thinking.  He will be one of the keynote speakers at the

International Conference on Creative Thinking and he will conduct

the de Bono Seminar in person. Participants may choose to attend

either the Conference or the Seminar or both events.


Of course, Project Renaissance will also be present at this event.

Three trainers (Cora Robinson, Angus Donald and Tijl Koenderink)

will give presentations on Project Renaissance methods, and make new

connections and expand our body of knowledge. For more information,

contact Tijl Koenderink ( )







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: 







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 member-

ship with a support environment of ‘Progressive Educators’ makes

this THE event to attend. Mark your calendar now. More information

is on the website: 







Feature Article:



                           by Win Wenger


Will the Susan Wenger Method, of teaching 2-year-olds to sight-read

and play (keyboard) music, prevent dyslexia?


Please advise if you know of anyone with perfect musical pitch who

also suffers from the forms of dyslexia studied by Sally E. Sheyvitz

at Yale Medical. It is very unlikely that anyone will have both

conditions, because--


1. People with perfect musical pitch enjoy a left plenum temporales

which is physically double the size of that in most people. (See

Schlaug et al. at University of Dusseldorf in a series of articles

in Science beginning Feb. 3, 1996.) This organ-designation largely

overlaps the Wernicke's Word-Association Area in other

classificatory anatomies.


2. Wernicke's is one of two areas which Sheyvitz found to be

hypoactive - i.e., underperforming, perhaps defective or stunted,

in dyslexics.


3. The Susan Wenger Method for teaching 2-year-olds to sight-read

and play music appears to produce an incidental side-effect: the

emergence of perfect musical pitch.  This presumably would result

in an expanded left plenum temporales similar to that found in

others in whom perfect musical pitch has emerged.


(This hypothesis is one of several in this topic urgently in need

of formal measurement and testing.)


Note that the left plenum temporales, our organ for distinguishing

nuances of word-meaning, is seen by some to be the core of human

intellect.  Anything which so powerfully strengthened its functions

as to result in a doubling of its physical size is likely to have

positive consequences elsewhere in behavior and experience. 


Note also that different forms of dyslexia can have different

causes.  However, the forms studied by Sally E. Sheyvitz can be

reasonably predicted to increase in incidence, as in fact has the

overall incidence of dyslexia, as a result of stripping music and

the arts out of most school programs, as has been done since 1980

for presumed reasons of economy.


Simplest, most direct hypothesis:  that anything which strengthens

left plenum temporales function, such as the perfect pitch effect

wrought by use of the Susan Wenger Method for teaching pre-schoolers

to sight-read and play keyboard music (see the article detailing

how,  at ), can act as

a major preventive and possibly even as a treatment or cure for the

main, classical, forms of dyslexia.


Please alert us immediately if you know of any classical dyslexic

who also has perfect pitch.


Also, we seek to make this resource, the instructions for the Susan

Wenger Method, already freely self-taught, even more widely

available. We need a computer programmer to help us develop our

plans for a game-like computer program which might even develop

perfect pitch in adults.  We really could use help in developing

such a program!  The bases for it are pretty clear.....


Dyslexia, long thought to be an incurable, life-long condition,

reportedly affects 80% of children who are labeled in one form or

another as "learning-disabled."  Diagnosis of the condition is

rarely made before 3rd grade, long after the main windows of

opportunity for possible prevention.  Think that one through,

please, and respond to any of the links below.  Thank you.



To send feedback privately to the author, email Win Wenger at  

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

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











At the time I wrote "The Prenatal Curriculum" (Winsights No. 45, ), it had just recently become

known that over half the brain cells you had in the seventh month

in the womb died by the time you are born. More recent studies put

it at something like seven-eighths of your brain cells died before

you were born.


So far, researchers have dismissed this as merely a matter of

"nature pruning down to what's needed," that somehow it's good for

us to have the vast majority of our brains sheared away. (Thanks,

but I'd like some of mine back, if you please.)


Many people have shrugged off the premises and suggestions of "The

Prenatal Curriculum."  Here is a tidy bit of information for you,

from New Scientist, p. 9, 2 February 2004, in reference to studies

performed in 1999 on the mechanism to account for fetal alcohol

syndrome, main cause of mental retardation throughout most of the

world. "...John Olner and his colleagues from Washington State

University in St. Louis discovered that alcohol slows down neuronal

activity during the second half of pregnancy, a critical period of

human fetal development.  If the neurons don't form the right

connections during this time, they will die."


That bears repeating. "If the neurons don't form the right

connections during this time, they will die."


Go back and read "The Prenatal curriculum," designed to allow more

neurons during this time to form the right connections - not by

stimulus, as almost everyone assumes, but as stimulus in the form

of feedback upon one's own activities - in this instance, feedback

to the fetus on his or her own activities.  Then please print out

and/or otherwise relay to everyone you know who has cookies in the

oven.  This is, I hesitate to say, a "no-brainer."  


- Win Wenger ( )





I am pleased to advise that one of our intended projects has been

accomplished - by someone else, without my knowing of it until now. 

I commend to your attention a book by Linda Booth Sweeney:  "When

A Butterfly Sneezes."  It provides an excellent way to introduce

young children (4-8 years) to general systems theory and to

complexity/chaos theory. Thereafter, children have a long head

start in understanding any other subject they have occasion to



For a good many reasons I believe early introduction to general

systems thinking and complexity concepts is absolutely essential

for optimal intellectual development of children.  Those subjects

are also so profoundly convenient for looking at everything else,

they provide a conceptual frame through which every specialty or

discipline can talk meaningfully to every other. It's a long

start toward reintegrating all fields of knowledge.


What Sweeney does is select a number of favorite stories for

children, stories which illustrate key systems principles. She has

turned these stories into a curriculum, and mapped out questions

and discussion points for parents and teachers which will highlight

and bring such concepts into meaningful focus in the child's mind.


The book is published by Pegasus Communications, Inc., in Waltham,

Mass. ( )


- Win Wenger ( )





For Musicians, Thespians, Performing Artists of all kinds,

Public Speakers--runs on your computer, no equipment needed


How useful will it be for YOUR practice sessions and rehearsals -

for especially difficult passages and phrases that you are trying

to get exactly so - to have your own sounds fed back to you

automatically, with adjustable 20-30 second delay? Without your

having to adjust any controls, just play/perform, pause & hear,

play/perform, pause & hear, play/perform, etc. - until you get

that passage exactly as you want it? - With your nuances perfect?


Make your practice sessions far more comfortable, effective, and



Such a system has been created by Brian Theado and is set forth

free for you on the Project Renaissance website. All you will

need besides the free download is a microphone and your computer.

Your information and download are waiting for you right now, no

strings, no conditions:   


The program was designed to further the verbal skills and

subsequent intellectual development of infants and toddlers in

the echolaic stage.  That is why this invention was called "The

BabbleBack Machine." We wanted to get this resource into service

of as many young children as possible. Only after this invention

was up into public domain and on the Web did it occur to us that

this simple invention for enriching babies and toddlers might have

another and very different - and very obvious! - application for

musicians and other performers.


In its present form you can download it into your computer and

use it for either set of purposes.  You can easily set your

feedback-loop delay to any interval between one second and thirty

seconds.  For practicing special passages in music, set the

automatic feedback interval to somewhere between 20 and 30 seconds,

whatever suits you best. Use this "MusicBack" application of

"BabbleBack" to rehearse particularly difficult phrases, or to get

intonation and nuance just right.  Sing or play into your mike,

pause and your own performance comes right back at you, then you

play again until you've gotten it exactly as you want it.

- Win Wenger ( )







Mimi Tandler ( )

For years, I've used many of the techniques for improving 

intelligence and creativity in "Beyond OK" -- Image-streaming,

etc. and have greatly improved my ability to concentrate and

write. Diagnosed A.D.D., I try to compensate without drug

dependency (Ritalin). I have a book proposal nearly ready to

send out, and would like to communicate with others who are 

interested in getting beyond barriers and solving problems,

either personal or large-scale.

- Mimi Tandler ( )





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


                         CHALLENGE #2


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.


This Question Quest is being coordinated by Project Renaissance as

a public service and as an exploration into practical applications

of creativity. See .




    Question No. 2:

    How can we persuade scientists to employ creative methods

    (specifically Project Renaissance methods) to see if they'll

    make new discoveries they would otherwise not have made —

    even if it means breaking the rules of their conditioning

    and risking skepticism from their peers?




Email your questions and recommended solutions to:  Question 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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