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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger

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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

* Links

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

 

"Things happen the day you decide you're going to make them happen."

- Pam Lontos

 

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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

Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm

 

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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.

 

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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:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43006-2005Jan2.html

 

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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!

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

 

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EVENTS

 

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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 -

www.winwenger.com/may05best.htm

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

( wwenger101@aol.com?subject=MayDiscount ) about discounts for spouse,

teachers, students, and corporate associate(s).

 

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Upcoming High Thinktank Session - May 19, 2005 - 7:30 pm

 

Quince Orchard Public Library, Room "A"

15831 Quince Orchard Rd.

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

(240-777-0200)

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Michelle James

The Center for Creative Emergence, www.creativeemergence.com

Consciously Creating What's Next

McLean, VA USA

703.760.9009

michelle@creativeemergence.com

mjames7770@aol.com

 

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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.

 

SUMMER 2005

 

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.

 

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More details on their website, http://www.creativityworkshop.com .

 

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Feature Article:

 

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

beings.

 

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 ( wwenger101@aol.com )

 

 

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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Ambient Electrostatic Charge - Win Wenger ( wwenger101@aol.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

industry.

 

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" -

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

 

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 ( wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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Building Left-Brain Skills - Lothar Jost ( barakaya@yahoo.de )

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 ( barakaya@yahoo.de )

 

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Registry of Image-Streamers - Win Wenger ( wwenger101@aol.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

Image-Streaming.

 

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

research)

(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

wwenger101@aol.com Thank you.

 

- Win Wenger ( wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL NOTES

 

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TOPICAL INTEREST GROUPS:

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