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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements/Organizational Notes
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
“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
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
- Chinese proverb
ANNOUNCEMENTS / ORGANIZATIONAL NOTES
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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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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
* 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
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. Please email Elliot Ryan
to request an invitation to attend: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth International CONFERENCE ON CREATIVE THINKING
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 ( mailto:email@example.com )
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 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: http://www.winwenger.com/upcoming.htm#df
POSSIBLE WAY TO PREVENT DYSLEXIA?
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
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
2. Wernicke's is one of two areas which Sheyvitz found to be
hypoactive - i.e., underperforming, perhaps defective or stunted,
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 http://www.winwenger.com/archives/part14.htm ), 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
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COMMENTS, FEEDBACK, and NEWS ITEMS
PRENATAL BRAIN DAMAGE - Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
At the time I wrote "The Prenatal Curriculum" (Winsights No. 45,
http://www.winwenger.com/part45.htm ), 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 ( mailto:email@example.com )
SYSTEMS THEORY FOR KIDS - Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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. ( http://www.pegasuscom.com )
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
FEEDBACK LOOP SOFTWARE - FREE ONLINE
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: http://www.winwenger.com/babble.htm
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 ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Mimi Tandler ( mailto:email@example.com )
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 ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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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.
This Question Quest is being coordinated by Project Renaissance as
a public service and as an exploration into practical applications
of creativity. See http://www.winwenger.com/question.htm .
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
( mailto:email@example.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.