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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
January 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Observation and the Principle of Description, by Win Wenger
* Comments, Feedback
Ambient Electrostatic Charge - Win Wenger
Building Left-Brain Skills - Lothar Jost
Registry of Image-Streamers - Win Wenger
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Things happen the day you decide you're going to make them happen."
- Pam Lontos
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:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
Our issues for January through April are appearing out of sequence
till we catch up. Don't miss any of the feature articles in the back
issues. They are always of current interest.
An article in the Washington Post, January 3, 2005, by Marc Kaufman,
reports that "Meditation Gives Brain a Charge, Study Finds":
"Brain research is beginning to produce concrete evidence for something
that Buddhist practitioners of meditation have maintained for centuries:
Mental discipline and meditative practice can change the workings of the
brain and allow people to achieve different levels of awareness."
"'What we found is that the longtime practitioners showed brain
activation on a scale we have never seen before,' said Richard
Davidson, a neuroscientist at the university's new $10 million W. M.
Keck Laboratory for Functional Brain Imaging and Behavior. 'Their
mental practice is having an effect on the brain in the same way
golf or tennis practice will enhance performance.' It demonstrates,
he said, that the brain is capable of being trained and physically
modified in ways few people can imagine."
They certainly imply that the practice over time may be improving
important brain functions, and they're planning further studies.
In the meantime, this is just more evidence suggesting that the
practice of some techniques can permanently alter brain function.
Read the whole article here:
SCROLLING TIP: The discussion board on Project Renaissance's website
lets you post messages. When you click the link, the message form will
open directly. To read other messages and see the entire message index,
just scroll up the page. This tip is included here for those who might
not notice that the real action is above the message form. Enjoy!
Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training (B.E.S.T.)
The full, basic-skills workshop
May 20-22, 2005
Pasadena, Maryland, U.S.A.
Tuition: $495, including all 3 days
Complete details about Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training 2005 -
Registration Form (printable) - www.winwenger.com/may05reg.htm
Online Registration - www.winwenger.com/may05best.htm#Register
Travel Directions and Lodging - www.winwenger.com/travel.htm
Register online or use the printable Registration Form to send $495 by
check or credit card number to Project Renaissance, P.O. Box 332,
Gaithersburg, MD 20884-0332 USA.
You may inquire to Win Wenger by phone (301-948-1122) or email
( email@example.com?subject=MayDiscount ) about discounts for spouse,
teachers, students, and corporate associate(s).
Upcoming High Thinktank Session - May 19, 2005 - 7:30 pm
Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"
15831 Quince Orchard Rd.
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
Directions: From Route 270, take Quince Orchard Road to just beyond
the intersection with Route 28, about four miles or so. Or take Route 28
West about five miles, just barely to Quince Orchard Road left. Either
way, the Library is on your left. Just feet beyond the intersection,
look for the nameless little spur of a road off Quince Orchard which
leads into the Library parking lot. Or go to www.MapQuest.com , type in
your own address including zip code, and type in the Quince Orchard
Library's address, and get directions (and map) from there.
For anyone who has any experience at all in some of our techniques, this
"further reaches" session is a must to attend.
UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS - Capitol Creativity Network
The Capitol Creativity Network (www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com ) meets
on the second Thursday of every month. Time: 7:00-9:30pm. Fee: $10 at
the door. Location: Social Room of Van Ness East apartment complex;
2939 Van Ness St., NW; Washington, DC.
We explore and experience different facets of creativity - from corporate
to expressive to scientific, etc. Each meeting is interactive, and
designed to have the participants experience their own creativity in real
time. CCN's got a little something for every kind of Creator in 2005:
~ May 12: "Embracing the Dark: Violence, Creativity, and Compassion in
America" by Dr. Juliet Bruce, Founder and Director of the Institute for
Transformation through the Arts
~ June 9: "Creativity in Business: Techniques for thinking 'outside the
box' to bring new creative energy to your business endeavors" by Joey
Coleman, Creative Principal of Blue J Marketing & Design.
~ July 14: "Empathic Nature Writing: The Power of Empathic Connections"
by Karen Rugg, President of Karlynne Communications
~ August 11: "Creating Ourselves by Performing Who We are Not" by Joe
Mancini, Jr., Ph.D., Gestalt Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Creator of
RoundTable Theatre and Liz Birney, Ph.D., business consultant and co-
facilitator of RoundTable Theatre.
~ September 8: "Creative Thinking Techniques" by Dr. Win Wenger,
Founder and Director of Project Renaissance; author "The Einstein
Factor" and over 40 other books.
~ October 13: "New Working Models: Using storytelling, improv and visual
techniques to extract relevant data and design functional working models"
by Michelle James, Principal of The Center for Creative Emergence;
business creativity catalyst.
~ November 10: "Visual Mapping" by Nusa Maal, President of SenseSmart.
~ December 8: "The Courage of Your Yearning: Using the principles of
creativity to create a life lived from your deepest gladness" by Juanita
Weaver, creativity consultant.
The Center for Creative Emergence, www.creativeemergence.com
Consciously Creating What's Next
McLean, VA USA
Upcoming CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS in Europe
Creativity Workshop Studios
245 East 40th St. 25th floor
New York, New York 10016
Tel: (212) 922-1555
Contact: Vivian Glusman
Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, directors
Early Registration Promotion: With just a $50 deposit you can get $100
off on Summer Creativity Workshops in Europe. Offer expires: January 15,
2005. See their informational website, Road to Creation.
Join Creativity Workshops this summer in Europe in their 12th year of
workshops! A wonderful way to learn and travel. Choose one of their
workshops (from June through August 2005) in Crete, Florence, Provence,
Barcelona, Prague, or Dublin.
Island of Crete — June 19-28, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Provence — June 29-July 8, 2005
From $2,150 including tuition and accommodations.
Florence — July 9-18, 2005
From $1,750 including tuition and accommodations.
Barcelona — July 19-28, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Prague — July 28-August 6, 2005
From $2,300 including tuition and accommodations.
Dublin — August 6-15, 2005
From $1,850 including tuition and accommodations.
More details on their website, http://www.creativityworkshop.com .
OBSERVATION AND THE PRINCIPLE OF DESCRIPTION
A grandfather's reflections
by Win Wenger
It was a strange holiday season, juxtaposing a wonderful round of family
affairs with grandsons and the tsunami devastation in South Asia, as we
begin to come out of the unusual geophysical and climatic quiet of the
past few centuries. I'm not dwelling on the latter at this point, except
to note that we have some serious work ahead of us and, I believe, a
meaningful contribution to make. Now I'd like to debrief some of the
family affairs as a way of sorting out my own thoughts and perceptions
to expand on the good things happening.
Today was totally invested in taking our older grandson to the AeroSpace
Museum down at the Smithsonian. A great enough time was had by all so
that we will do it again soon but at Natural History. Young Jimmy was
sufficiently wowed by an Imax film on the international space station,
and a nice "Infinity Express" showing at the planetarium. Much of the
day was spent running from interactive exhibit to interactive exhibit.
Seven years old, Jimmy was treating these as playthings, as well he
should, and I was happy to let him run around forming impressions rather
than to try to formalize any concepts or understandings. However, I did
find occasion, 5-6 times, to ask him, "What do you think they are trying
to show you here?"
I did not expect, nor did I receive, any formal or well-conceptualized
answers; several times the question was ignored as he eagerly ran to yet
another exhibit. That may well be the case the next museum visit as well,
maybe several over the next half year or year. But it is a question I'm
planning to continue asking, and encourage both Susan, his grandmother,
and daughter Erika, his mother, to also ask, without pressing and without
expecting formal answers. Somewhere along there I expect him to think to
himself, "What ARE they trying to show me here in this exhibit?" I
believe this will ignite a new and deeper level of cognition.
That in turn is but one step away from a truly wonderful configuration
in which one can be looking at ANY phenomenon and asking, what are the
things it is trying to teach me, and/or what are things I can learn or
discover from this. For some of the significance of this, please see the
appendix in Beyond O.K. ( http://www.winwenger.com/beyondok.htm ) titled,
"What is the Message?" which addresses an information-theory model of
the universe and everything within it. My belief is that if I'm utterly
patient and support the free child in him, he may have by age 11-12 the
bases not only for building a good intellect (he is already quite
bright), but a great sense of wonder.
In anticipation of today's trip, I had bought two (and brought along one)
pocket recorders, and while driving down to the Smithsonian, I just a bit
modeled the process of recording incidental observations into the
recorder. I did so only lightly, didn't make a major point of it for this
round. But my plan is eventually, when things are ripe, to "hire" Jimmy
to record a bunch of observations - something that catches his eye, what
there is about it that interested him, why that is interesting or what
further notion that triggers. Example: a tree in the mini-park next to
where I live is protected by trees and buildings on three sides. On the
exposed side, from the roots up the trunk is a swollen stripe of extra
trunk very like a muscle sinew, curves and all. Not too hard to imagine
Jimmy, if given the chance to relate to that tree, seeing the tree in
terms of having developed an extra "muscle" on the exposed side to
support it against stormwinds.
I believe if I can induce him to make a few dozen such observations over
several weeks, he will get much closer to his senses than most people
ever get, and will reflexively notice more and experience richly more of
most of what he finds around him in life. At least that is my tentative
plan, one which in no apparent way comes at the expense of his being the
wonderful and enjoyable child that he is.
My pretext for so hiring him is that I'm a writer and researcher, and
want to capture a child's perspective. In fact, I might eventually be
able to do something useful with such observations as accumulate. I'm
hoping also to find a more general form of this procedure, as I get
further into it, that anyone can use with his own child or grandchild,
one which won't require this particular pretext.
Why am I involving you-all with this?
1) I'm sorting out my own perceptions thereby; I want to be the best
grandfather I can be for several very special and wonderful human
2) This kind of work is very much part of the work which I think we are
trying to do or should be trying to do.
3) This is a unique opportunity for me to learn more.
4) I wanted you to know why I've not gotten the next two Quickbooks
(Borrowed Genius and the new work with Sidebands) fully drafted over
the holiday season.
What did I get out of writing you this information? One thing is some
sense and rationalization of this grandfathering thing helping me in
what I'm trying to do in Project Renaissance; also a reminder to me that
it's human beings that all of this is in service of - that the system we
are building is the means and not the end.
And on that note, let me conclude by wishing you the warmest, happiest,
most productive and most human 2005 possible.
- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Ambient Electrostatic Charge - Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
As you've known from your very first contact with either chemistry or
biochemistry, physics or electronics: Chemistry and electricity are
almost the same thing, involving the transfer of electrons in the making
and breaking down of chemical compounds. That electronic process HAS to
be affected by a major variable which everyone seems to have ignored:
ambient electrostatic charge.
Complex and delicate chemical processes have to be affected at least a
little by whether the air is full of positive ions or negative ones. At
the very least, I would think that this ambient electrostatic charge can
be manipulated to produce compounds with a longer shelf life, or to
create entirely new compounds altogether.
If people are physically (and psychologically) affected when a wind blows
off the desert with positive ions - if in so many instances biochemistry
and psychochemistry are affected by ambient electrostatic charge in vivo,
then it's plausible that some such effects might be detectable in vitro.
You've experienced differences in feeling before and after a good
rainstorm, and that's a function of a change to negative ionization. If
such differences can be made or found in vitro, some of those differences
could be useful. This might become the basis for an entire new chemical
If it does, don't be too surprised that something that obvious has been
lying around for so long overlooked by everyone. Practically every
field I have looked into has oversights that large, that obvious. People
follow someone else's findings and leads and fail to look for themselves
at matters right before them. It is not for nothing that one of my
favorite books is titled "Discovering The Obvious" -
So far as I know - and I am not a chemist or chemical researcher, so I
might have missed something - absolutely no one has bothered to look,
as yet, at how ambient electrostatic charge might influence chemical
process and product. It should not be difficult for anyone involved with
chemistry to test whether varying the electrostatic charge in the air
will vary in some way the course of a chemical or biochemical reaction
or otherwise affect the product of that reaction. If varying the one
varies the other, SOMEone is looking at the basis for an entire new and
profitable industry. Good hunting!
- Win Wenger ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Building Left-Brain Skills - Lothar Jost ( email@example.com )
I think it's a good idea to use mathematicss in building left brain
skills, especially in the context of Image-Streaming. When you are
learning to interpret images, math problems are great because they
REALLY put the images you receive and your ability of interpretation
to the test. Also, math concepts are great to improve your ability to
increase your neurological contact with the material you learn.
Something I included only recently in my math (and other) studies is
High Thinktank/Hidden Questions ( http://www.winwenger.com/htt.htm ).
One way of applying HQ is to write numbers and letters on the cards,
instead of questions. Then you read through the list of exercises at
the end of a section in a book and make a mental connection between the
numbers/letters on your cards and the exercises/problems. Then you pick
a card and Image-Stream or use inductive reference or your preferred
method without looking at the card. Your Image-Streamed insight is
related to the exercise with the number which is found on the card.
That saves much writing work and seems to be consistent with the theory.
I'm curious to learn about anyone's results using this method.
- Lothar Jost ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Registry of Image-Streamers - Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
Referencing the article cited above on the Keck Laboratory's findings
that meditation gives brains a charge, scientists used to believe the
opposite - that connections between brain nerve cells were fixed early
in life and did not change in adulthood. But that assumption was
disproved over the past decade with the help of advances in brain
imaging and other techniques, and in its place scientists have embraced
the concept of ongoing brain development and 'neuroplasticity.'"
It's quite remarkable how casually that statement is tossed off, after
the unbelievable amount and degree of abuse heaped on those of us who
had been making that very point for three and four decades. - And the
schools generally continue to block as absurd the research studies most
likely to confront that very issue...
The article also suggests that, by now, the effects of Pole-Bridging as
we know it are not utterly and entirely unknown to researchers:
"....associated with knitting together disparate brain circuits, and so
are connected to higher mental activity and heightened awareness..."
I don't know if I or anyone can talk our way in, to Keck or to anywhere
else, to get modern brain scanning and imaging techniques used to study
the brain effects of Image-Streaming, High Thinktanking, PhotoReading
and related phenomena; but if we can, science of enormous consequence is
likely. I am renewing and redoubling my efforts to bring this about. And
here is where YOU come in -
Starting right now, we need to develop a private registry of people with
twenty hours or more of accumulated Image-Streaming experience. Even of
ten hours - that also will be helpful. If the opportunity comes for such
a study, we will need to call upon many people who have accumulated
enough time at Image-Streaming for their brain to reflect the resultant
changes. I don't know how many people are needed statistically - and yes,
the initial science will be somewhat limited because the participants
will be self-reported (but their results should pave the way for more
controlled studies under contained and directed conditions). It should
be a neat opportunity for participants to see inside one of these
pioneering laboratories, aside from whatever benefits result from the
Basic data we need in the registry:
(1) Number of hours accumulated,
(a) as of when, and since when
(b) How distributed (in what time segments of practice, how often)
(c) Which activity or activities (Image-Streaming, High Thinktank,
PhotoReading, Remote Viewing (by which method), etc.) and how
much time on each
(2) Your name, address, phone number and email address (will not be
used for commercial purposes; this is strictly in support of
(3) Any relevant anecdotal data from your experiences which you deem
appropriate to pass along.
I don't know how soon, or even for sure if, we will have opportunity to
participate in the proposed study, but I'd like us to get ready for it.
If you don't have your accumulated time already, may I request that you
begin logging it as quickly as you comfortably and reasonably can, and
as soon as you can do so, get in this preliminary data to me at
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
- Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
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