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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
June 2005 (Best viewed with fixed-width font)
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
How We Started Losing 7/8ths of Our Brain Before Getting Born
- by Win Wenger
* Comments, Feedback
More About New Neurons - Lyelle L. Palmer, Ph.D.
Increasing Brain Cells with the Subconscious Mind - "M."
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny little
matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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VOLUNTEER SERVICE SOUGHT - MUSICIAN NEEDED:
Hi, this is Win Wenger, in need of some help. I've improvitaped quite a
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MONTHLY HIGH THINKTANK MEETINGS, 2005-2006
Thursday, 7:30 pm, September 15
Thursday, 7:30 pm, October 20
*TUESDAY, 7:30 pm, November 22
Thursday, 7:30 pm, December 8
Thursday, 7:30 pm, January 5
Thursday, 7:30 pm, February 9
Thursday, 7:30 pm, March 9
Thursday, 7:30 pm, April 13
Thursday, 7:30 pm, May 4
Thursday, 7:30 pm, June 1
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,
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* Please note the one exception to Thursday meetings.
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
~ 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
CREATIVITY IN WORK DEVELOPMENT
August 26 - October 7
Your Work, Business, and Leadership as a Practical Expression of
Your Creative Self
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as well as those who are already highly in tune with their own creativity.
Academy for Integrative Communication
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* 13th World Campus in Brazil, February 5th to 24th, 2006
Personal and professional development, with professional coaching,
NLP from practitioner to trainer, systemic structural constellation
work, hypnotherapy, mediation, and much more. Our approach is systemic,
neuro-linguistic and integrative. Here learning, experiencing, joie de
vivre and international encounters all belong to a greater whole.
Visit our English website here: http://www.metaforum.com/english.html
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HOW WE STARTED LOSING 7/8THS OF OUR BRAIN
BEFORE GETTING BORN
by Win Wenger
This is a speculation, but I think I may know why human gestation, 30,000
to 60,000 years ago, increased from seven months long to nine months long.
Yes, there are numerous advantages to leaving the cookies in the oven a
little longer, but one remarkable consequence is that seven-eighths of
the brain cells you had at seven months in the womb are dead and gone by
the time you are born.
(The figure admitted to at the time I wrote my article, "The Pre-Natal
Curriculum," Winsights No. 45 ( http://www.winwenger.com/part45.htm ),
was the one I used: "over half" of the braincells alive at seven months
are dead and gone by time of birth. Only later did the data develop,
according to the researchers, that the mortality figure for braincells
in the seventh month was seven-eighths dead and gone by time of birth.)
That is an enormous biological investment, just thrown away. "Nature's
way of pruning things down," researchers say.
* Why did those die?
- Well, they weren't used.
* If they had been used, they'd still be alive?
* If they had been used and still alive, they would be useful?
- Certainly, useful in that they were still around for that reason
they'd be recruited into at least some of the things that are going on.
But nature prunes down what's not needed, and those weren't needed.
That was something of why I wrote Winsights No. 45, proposing in "The
Pre-Natal Curriculum" easy ways to provide the fetus consistent feedback
on some of its actions while in the womb, so it would develop some sense
of control over aspects of its environment and develop its brain
accordingly. This was and is a far stronger way of engaging its brain
than just the pre-natal stimulation that has become popular in some
quarters and which is certainly better than nothing.
All things considered, to throw away seven-eighths of the brain seems
remarkable. That proliferation of brain cells in the first place is an
enormous biological investment. That peak comes at the seventh month
because, for a long time through human pre-history, that was how long
it took before humans got born. We were designed so we'd born with a
maximum of brain cells with which to encounter the world. Then something
drastic must have changed.
Why we changed from seven to nine months:
There were and are a lot of advantages to extending the period of human
pregnancy, but enough to offset losing seven-eighths of your brain?
There had to be a major bioevolutionary driver, a powerful survival
advantage for babies kept longer before being born.
I think we are looking at the immune system here, and in a specific way.
This was also about the same time in pre-history that humans started
living in larger tribal groupings and began some trade and commerce and
intermarriage (exogamy) between those larger tribal groups. The colds
and diseases of the rare individual more and more became the common
property of all. We see this effect today, when small groups of people
are isolated for a long time by extremes of weather or geography. First
thing that happens when they rejoin larger society again is that they
all catch colds. Their immune systems have to catch up on what's been
Before people started mingling on a larger scale, the incidence of colds
and diseases had to be very low. A baby whose immune system was as yet
immature had a very good chance of coasting on immunities in its mother's
milk while its immune system developed for the first few months after
birth, without encountering any disease bacteria or viruses. There was
no great pressure or premium for survival on having a matured immune
system until some months past birth.
Once people were mingling on a large scale and transmitting their
diseases around, that changed. A lot of newborns must have died,
throwing unusual survival advantage to the freakish few who took a
little longer to get born, who had their immune systems much better
developed by the time they had to face the world. And so here we are.
Yes, there are other advantages - sturdier respiratory system for one
thing for the full-term nine-monther; better temperature control, other
things. The immune system of the seven-month preemie is still challenged.
Also, after 30-60,000 years of enjoying those two extra months, we've
accumulated a lot of "gotten-bys" which would be hard to do without any
more, it seems unlikely we could go back to a seven-month gestation
without a lot of casualties, and the hardship which a preemie birth now
entails seems more than enough to make up for whatever brain advantages
might once have pertained to being born in the seventh month.
Yet we've paid quite a price for those advantages, such as they are, of
going for the full nine months. We pretty well have to keep the full
nine months of full-term pregnancies. Do we have to pay all of that
price for it? Do we have to lose all that seven-eighths of our brains?
I don't think we have a choice in the length of pregnancies, but I
think we do have some choice in terms of how much brain we (at least
our children and grandchildren) get to keep.
- Win Wenger ( email@example.com )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
MORE ABOUT NEW NEURONS - Lyelle L. Palmer, Ph.D. ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
As cited in The Stream, March 2005:
"Elizabeth Gould and Charles Gross reported in the October 19, 1999,
issue of Science that the formation of new neurons or nerve cells --
neurogenesis -- takes place in several regions of the cerebral cortex
that are crucial for cognitive and perceptual functions. Read the full
article here: http://www.princeton.edu/pr/news/99/q4/1014-brain.htm ."
The argument about the presence of "new" neurons will go on because
some scientists have not been able to verify them. Random notes:
1. The science of human improvement following birth is called Euphenics
(do a websearch).
2. IQ worldwide gained about 30 points (2 standard deviations) during
the 20th century--because more people learned to read and two world wars
brought more people in touch with higher technologies and new ideas;
we can expect that IQ will continue to rise in the 21st century.
3. IQ tests must be re-calibrated every 20 years or so because the
scores keep rising and the standardizations become obsolete.
4. Whether or not "new" neurons are formed is not so important. So many
neurons in the brain are not yet connected and are available for
connection following systematic stimulation that "new" neurons are
5. The article in Scientific American about a year ago on the topic of
glia had an imbedded one-sentence bomb-shell: when neurons were
stimulated continuously for 15 seconds or more, the surrounding glia
became electrically charged/activated. Think of the implications for
sensory stimulation and cognitive stimulation: concentrating/keeping
in mind/focusing for 15 seconds or more activates glia. What other
amazing features of brain stimulation are yet to be discovered? What
might be the role of glia in memory?
6. New abilities can now be our focus. Shichida in Japan has been
conducting infant and childhood stimulation for years now with success
in the following areas by using mother coaches (a long-time Japanese
a. Photographic memory through eidetic imagery light stimulation
producing abilities to review pages of print;
b. Perfect pitch
c. Early multiple languages
d. Quick subconscious calculation of huge numbers
e. Instant quantity recognition
f. Visualized memory hooks to 100 (1 = sun, 2 = shoe, 3 = tree, etc.)
g. Photographic speed reading
and more. He calls these abilities "right-brain" abilities - interesting.
His son runs more than 70 Shichida centers for training mothers in this
We know that some persons have special talents/abilities of telepathy,
premonition, healing, etc. Will we eventually be able to train/stimulate
these abilties as "natural" abilities?
We say that the purpose of the brain is to adapt the organism to the
environment, to sense, to organize and to produce actions for survival.
We now extend these concepts to produce actions, "to thrive" and "to
improve the world."
Gerald Bracy in the latest Phi Delta Kappan points out that there are
many more jobs to do in the world at the local service level than jobs
that require a lot of education. Most of us are consumers, not inventors,
engineers, scientists, etc. We need a few people with passionate
curiosity to create the new world; but for the rest of us, we need to
be able to "operate" the world with compassion and justice. What kind
of brain abilities are needed for operation purposes?
What are the new necessities? Are they food (solve hunger), clothing
(recycle), shelter (provide economic justice), energy (with controllable
pollution), education and entertainment (provide schooling), work
(honorable and respected) and justice (corruption must go, must be
exposed, must be condemned with transparency of transactions and
taxation)? All must be handled locally, beginning at home.
On another angle:
* Accelerated Learning has for years used certain music to enhance the
reception and acquisition abilities of the brain.
* Georgi Lozanov did the first studies with Evalena Gateva, who wrote
her dissertation on the measured effects of art on brain changes.
* Gordon Shaw, Ph.D. Theoretical Physicist, who worked with Frances
Rauscher on the Mozart Effect, died in May 2005 at age 72 of cancer.
Shaw started the MIND Institute - treat yourself to a visit
- Lyelle L. Palmer, Ph.D. ( email@example.com )
Research Scientist, Early Childhood Brain Stimulation, Minnesota
Learning Resource Center
Professor Emeritus, Special Education (Learning Disabilities and
Accelerated Learning), Winona State University, Winona, MN
Editor, Journal of Accelerative Learning & Teaching
Addendum from Win Wenger:
Are there any volunteers with some appropriate competencies to find out
as much as they can about this work? Please email your interest in this
research to firstname.lastname@example.org .
INCREASING BRAIN CELLS WITH THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND - contributed by M.
The hypothalamus is involved in manufacturing Nerve Growth Factor
throughout life. Just as your image-streaming helps grow new connections
and glial cells, I have an idea how to increase brain cells using the
subconcious mind. I have a technique that I developed. It may seem off-
the-wall, but I've noticed a dramatic change in my life on trying it.
If many others might benefit from this, it would be an awesome thing to
look at in more detail:
1. Go to a mirror and picture your brain behind your eyes and inside
your head. Actually see the flashes of the electrical impulses. Then
picture a sudden increase in this lightning! Say to yourself and close
your eyes that this sudden increase is the result of adding billions of
new neurons and glial cells as well a trillion new connections daily.
2. Say to yourself that your subconscious and your conscious minds are
becoming one. Lastly, picture your head expanding to allow this growth.
Repeat these sayings and visualizations before going to bed and before
rising each morning. Be patient and have faith and it'll happen.
3. No need to be mediocre any longer. Picture yourself already having
the mind of a genius. The biggest and most celebrated brain in the world
is already yours, and it shall eventually come to be. Don't be surprised
if you find yourself having to dramatically increase the amount you eat
in order to meet the energy demands of the additional brain power. The
more real and the more senses involved, the more rapidly it will come
- (This contributor wishes to remain anonymous)
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