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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger
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February 2007                        (Best viewed with fixed-width font)

 

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

 

*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items, Books

*  Events, Workshops

*  FEATURE ARTICLE:

       Addition of New Brain Cells? - Lyelle Palmer

*  Comments, Feedback

       Win Wenger on new brain cells, brain plasticity

       Win Wenger on Image-Streaming's by-products

       Adrienne Garnett on reviewing art via Image-Streaming

       Juha Danson on The Meaning of Life

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links

*  Reader Questionnaire

*  Masthead photo - Elan Sun Star

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

         "The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms."

 

                                           - Socrates

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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WELCOME to all new members who have joined us this year. 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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IMAGE-STREAMING PARTNERS - PILOT PROGRAM

 

We are looking to set up a partners' bureau or chat resource online

via Skype, msn or yahoo messenger for people looking for partners with

whom to do live Image-Streaming. If you're interested in joining this

resource, please send your contact information and preferences, such

as time of day, language, type of Image-Streaming, and we will set up

a cross-reference index of partners to talk online. Contact:

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=PartnersOnline

 

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INTEREST GROUP - PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE

 

Gerald Hawkins ( mailto:gerald.hawkins@gmail.com ) offers interested

parties to contact him via email about starting a problem-solving

and idea-testing group in the Philadelphia/Delaware area.

 

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INTEREST GROUP - CHICAGO

 

Nick Costello ( mailto:padrerock@rcn.com ) is interested in attending

meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.

 

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INTEREST GROUP - TEXAS

 

Harry L. Beam, 6305 Poly Webb Road, Arlington, TX 76016

 

would like to meet with other members of Project Renaissance in the

Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas.

 

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INTEREST GROUP - DETROIT

 

Eric Bottorff ( mailto:pebottorff@gmail.com ) is interesting in

attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti

Area.

 

David Simpson ( mailto:davidksimpson@earthlink.net ) is also in the

Detroit area, in Livonia, MI

 

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PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS

A series of compact handbooks of Win Wenger's key techniques. The first

three volumes are now in print and easy to order:

 

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SUPER SKILLS FOR STUDENTS by Isa McKechnie -- now in print!

“This book provides many practical strategies for people, especially

students, to learn more efficiently and effectively. Based on the work

of Dr. Win Wenger, renowned pioneer, researcher, and teacher in the

fields of accelerated learning and creative problem-solving, these

techniques can be of invaluable assistance for increased excellence

in writing essays, taking notes, absorbing information, preparing for

tests, and many other intellectual endeavors.”

 

You can order this first of Project Renaissance's new series of

CoreBooks now, direct from the publisher:

 

* eBook edition, from $7.95 -- http://www.lulu.com/content/435623

* Hardcopy printed edition, 95 pages, 6.14"x9.21" perfect bound, from

  $15.00 + shipping -- http://www.lulu.com/content/195898

 

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WIN WENGER'S IMAGE-STREAMING by Charles Roman -- now in print!

"This CoreBook introduces the simple yet powerful visualization

technique, Image-Streaming. It's a great tool for gaining a faster

and better understanding of any subject of interest, and for ingeniously

solving any of those nagging problems from your personal or professional

life. Based on the work of Dr. Win Wenger, renowned pioneer, researcher,

and teacher in the fields of accelerated learning and creative problem-

solving, Image-Streaming lets you access your deeper consciousness and

pleasurably increases your perceptions of everything around you. The

book covers a wide range of applications, from teaching children to

identifying creative solutions to global issues.

 

Order Image-Streaming directly from the publisher:

 

* eBook edition, from $10.95 -- http://www.lulu.com/content/628713

* Hardcopy printed edition, 119 pages, 6x9" perfect bound, from

  $15.95 + shipping -- http://www.lulu.com/content/585457

 

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END WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! by Mark Bossert, Win Wenger -- in print!

"Can you see yourself as a prolific writer? Want to produce stacks of

inventive, quality writing? The answer is simply training yourself to

use the vast creative energies intrinsic in the brain. This book will

show you specifically how to 'get it' and get it out onto paper. End

Writers Block Forever shows you how, step by step, to connect with your

subconscious mind's abundant imagery. You'll quickly be using effective

methods to turbocharge your imagination and boost your writing."

 

* Paperback, 137 pages, 6" x 9", perfect bound, $19.97 + shipping --

  http://www.lulu.com/content/543805

 

 

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Here's a book worth checking out: 

THE WINNING HELIX - by Cristina Andersson

The Art of Learning and Manifesting Your True Potential

Have a look here:  www.develor.fi <http://www.develor.fi/>

Read for free here: http://www.fepint.org/winning-helix/

 

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Hope raised for reversing severe childhood disease

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070208/hl_nm/rett_dc_1

Scientists searching for a way to treat the rare but severe childhood

neurological disorder Rett syndrome have reversed the disease in mice,

raising hopes for doing the same in people.

 

In a study appearing in the journal Science, researchers led by Adrian

Bird of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland switched on a gene

called MECP2 in mice with the equivalent of Rett syndrome to make their

symptoms vanish. The surprising results contradicted the notion that

damage to the brain caused by the disease, which occurs mostly in girls,

is permanent.

 

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Short Mental Workouts May Slow Decline of Aging Minds, Study Finds

www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/19/AR2006121901431.html

 

Ten sessions of exercises to boost reasoning skills, memory and mental

processing speed staved off mental decline in middle-aged and elderly

people in the first definitive study to show that honing intellectual

skills can bolster the mind in the same way that physical exercise

protects and strengthens the body.

 

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Brain cells clue to genius of Einstein

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2017711,00.

 

Scientists may be a step closer to understanding one of the most

brilliant minds ever to grace the field, that of Albert Einstein,

the man who unraveled the mysteries of the atom.

     

Researchers at Lausanne University identified an unknown role for

a type of brain cell which Einstein is thought to have had in more

copious supply than the average male. The scientists said the cells

provide energy for neural circuits and help build connections, leading

to a more complex brain structure.

 

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Scientists Say Everyone Can Read Minds

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050427_mind_readers.html

 

Empathy allows us to feel the emotions of others, to identify and

understand their feelings and motives and see things from their

perspective. How we generate empathy remains a subject of intense

debate in cognitive science. Some scientists now believe they may

have finally discovered its root. We're all essentially mind

readers, they say. ...

 

In 1996, three neuroscientists were probing the brain of a macaque

monkey when they stumbled across a curious cluster of cells in the

premotor cortex, an area of the brain responsible for planning

movements. ... Because the cells reflected the actions that the

monkey observed in others, the neuroscientists named them "mirror

neurons."

 

Later experiments confirmed the existence of mirror neurons in humans

and revealed another surprise. In addition to mirroring actions, the

cells reflected sensations and emotions.

 

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Instant replay may help form memories

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/060212_brain_reverse.html

 

LiveScience (February 12, 2006) reported on research done by David

Foster ( mailto:djfoster@mit.edu ) and Matthew Wilson from MIT. It

described that they researched rats going up and down an unknown

track. They had already noticed before that rats, especially when

the track is unknown, just after they finished it, tend to stand

still for a second scratching their heads or do something of the

sort. These researchers now managed to measure the activity in the

hippocampus during that second, and found out that the rats are

replaying the brain-activity they had while doing the track in reverse.

 

Abstract:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v440/n7084/abs/nature04587.html

Full article in Nature available only by subscription or purchase.

 

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SPACE.com -- Riding a Beam of Light:

www.space.com/businesstechnology/051024_spaceelevator_challenge.html

 

After three days of grueling competition and friendly shoulder-to-

shoulder innovation, over $100,000 in prize money remained in the vault

at the close of the Space Elevator Games - the premier event of NASA's

new X-Prize-styled series of Centennial Challenges.

 

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Stroke victims train brains to see again

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070208/hl_nm/stroke_vision_dc_1 

 

A new study bolsters evidence that people partially blinded by a stroke

or brain injury may be able to improve their field of vision by teaching

new parts of their brain to see, U.S. researchers said on Thursday.

 

Using a computer workout program for the brain, about three-quarters of

patients in the study could see better after six months of treatment

with the therapy, which trains neighboring brain cells to take over

for damaged areas.

 

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Action computer games can sharpen eyesight

http://www.newscientisttech.com/article.ns?id=dn11123  

 

A study by scientists at the University of Rochester shows that people

who play action video games for a few hours each day over the course of

a month can improve their performance in eye examinations by about 20%.

 

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Math anxiety saps working memory needed to do math

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSN1736444120070219

 

Math anxiety -- feelings of dread and fear and avoiding math -- can sap

the brain's limited amount of working capacity, a resource needed to

compute difficult math problems, said Mark Ashcroft, a psychologist at

the University of Nevada Los Vegas who studies the problem.

 

"It turns out that math anxiety occupies a person's working memory,"

said Ashcroft, who spoke on a panel at the annual meeting of the

American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco.

 

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Surgeons who play video games more skilled: study shows

http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSN2J30397820070219

 

Playing video games appears to help surgeons with skills that truly

count: how well they operate using a precise technique, a study said.

 

There was a strong correlation between video game skills and a surgeon's

capabilities performing laparoscopic surgery in the study published in

the February issue of Archives of Surgery.

 

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EVENTS

 

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          PROJECT RENAISSANCE - 15th ANNUAL DOUBLE FESTIVAL

    on Creative Problem-Solving and Enhanced/Accelerated Learning

                     "Learning from the Future"

                  in the Maryland/Washington DC area

   Friday, May 18, 2007 - 7:30pm through Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 4pm

 

                        PLUS! Training Workshops:

Friday, May 18, 2007 - 8:30am-4:30PM - Beyond-Einstein/Socratic Training

     Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - May 21-23, 2007 - Trainer Training

 

           Full information/tuition/guidelines/registrations:

                        www.winwenger.com/df15.htm

 

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UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS

 

March 30-May 18, 2007

Creativity-in-Work Professional Development Program

presented by Michelle James, CEO

The Center for Creative Emergence & Quantum Leap Business Improv   
http://www.creativeemergence.com/page10.html

http://www.creativeemergence.com

 

March 14, 2007

Next Capitol Creativity Network meeting http://www,creativitynetwork.com

"Accessing your Creative Abilities and Using your Creative Power"

presented by Dr. Nahid Moktari and Ken Ferlic  

Contact person: Michelle James mailto:michelle@creativeemergence.com

McLean, VA USA

703-760-9009

 

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PRECIPICE IMPROV THEATER - www.precipiceimprov.com

Every Saturday, from March 3 to March 31, 2007 - 8 PM

The Bethesda Writer's Center - 4508 Walsh Street, just off

Wisconsin Avenue. Free and convenient parking. 

For directions, http://www.writer.org/contact/index.asp

For reservations, http://www.precipiceimprov.com/ or 202-258-6888.

The audience suggests locations, the troupe creates a full-length

comic play. Bob Adler, Ric Andersen, Sean Carter, Gary Jacobs,

Michelle James, Dan Mont. Watch the magic, never before seen.

 

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PhotoReading seminar by

Learning Strategies Corporation

http://www.learningstrategies.com/PhotoReading/seminar.asp?id=464

 

Philadelphia (Horsham)

    Friday, March 9, 2007 (6pm-9pm) 

    Saturday, March 10, 2007 (9am-7pm)

    Sunday, March 11, 2007 (9am-6pm)

     

Tuition, $750. An extra discount is available for PhotoReading self-

study course buyers!

    * Class sizes are small

    * Ongoing coaching at no cost

    * Retakes at a minimal cost

    * Money-back Satisfaction Guarantee

Need more information? Contact our expert PhotoReading coach,

Mr. Dana Hanson:

    Toll free 1-888-800-2688

    1-952-767-9800

    Fax 1-952-475-2373

    http://www.LearningStrategies.com

 

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PHOTOREADING Seminar

www.photoreading.com

 

Minneapolis - March 23, 24, 25, 2007

Tuition, $750

 

Paul Scheele is teaching one public PhotoReading seminar this year. If

you would like to learn from the man who developed the system in the

first place, then enroll today. The size of the class will be limited,

so this will be a rare opportunity. To enroll, call 952-767-9800 and

ask for Alison Bachman, or go online: www.photoreading.com

 

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PHOTOREADING Seminar in Washington DC

www.learningstrategies.com   

Friday, April 20 (6pm-9pm)

Saturday, April 21 (9am-7pm)

Sunday, April 22 (9am-6pm)

 

Tuition, $750 - discount to PhotoReading self-study course buyers!

To enroll, call 1-888-800-2688 or visit the website,

http://www.learningstrategies.com/PhotoReading/seminar.asp?id=443

Need more information? Call our expert PhotoReading coach,

Mr. Dana Hanson, at 1-888-800-2688.

 

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Teamwork & Teamplay Workshops with Jim Cain, Ph.D.

http://www.teamworkandteamplay.com/trainingcalendar.html

 

March 3 - Conn. Challenge Course Professionals Meeting, Hartford, CT

March 14-16 - ACA CAMPWEST Conference, Las Vegas, NV

March 28-31 - ACA Tri-States Conference, Atlantic City, NJ

September 24-26 - ACA Southeast Regional Conference, Jacksonville, FL

 

Teamwork & Teamplay, 468 Salmon Creek Road, Brockport, NY 14420

Phone: (585) 637-0328   |   Email:  jimcain@teamworkandteamplay.com

Website:  www.teamworkandteamplay.com

 

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Feature Article:

 

                      ADDITION OF NEW BRAIN CELLS?

 

                            by Lyelle Palmer

                        mailto:LPalmer@winona.edu

 

 

The argument about the presence of "new" neurons will go on because some

scientists have not been able to verify.

 

There are other considerations, especially about increasing intelligence.

 

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

unnecessary.

 

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 stim 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, with success in

the following by using mother coaches (a long-time Japanese tradition):

 

*  Photographic memory through eidetic imagery light stimulation,

   producing abilities to review pages of print;

*  Perfect pitch

*  Early multiple languages

*  Quick subconscious calculation of huge numbers

*  Instant quantity recognition

*  Visualized memory hooks to 100 (1 = sun, 2 = shoe, 3 = tree, etc.)

*  Photographic speed reading and more. 

 

He calls these abilities "right-brain" abilities - interesting. His son

runs 70+ Shichida centers for training mothers in this technology.

 

We know that some persons have special talents/abilities of telepathy,

premonition, healing, etc. Will we eventually be able to train/stimulate

these abilities 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 include 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: Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., Theoretical Physicist, who worked

with Frances Rauscher on the Mozart Effect, died last Tuesday at age 72

of cancer. Accelerated Learning has used certain music to enhance the

reception/acquisition abilities of the brain for years. Georgi Lozanov

did the first studies with Evalena Gateva, who wrote her dissertation on

the measured effects of art on brain changes. Shaw started the MIND

Institute - treat yourself to a visit at http://www.MINDInst.org/.

 

Enjoy,

 

Lyelle Palmer ( mailto:LPalmer@winona.edu )

 

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To send feedback privately to Lyelle Palmer, email him at:

mailto:LPalmer@winona.edu?subject=NewBrainCells

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=NewBrainCells

 

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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NEW BRAIN CELLS - SEE "BRAIN PLASTICITY"

Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com ) writes:

 

Nowadays, on many of these points [Lyelle Palmer's article above] I simply

suggest people try a little experiment - that they go to Google and type

in the words for search, "Brain Plasticity," with or without quotation

marks. Nearly all of the THOUSANDS!!! of studies which immediately come

up support the observation that the brain changes its structure, its mass,

the distribution of its masses, not just its circuitry, to better handle

information according to the kinds of stimulus and feedback it has been

receiving.

 

Why is it so surprising that our primary organ for adaptation, itself

adapts? Because of the Cold War. Did you by any chance notice NATO itself

funding studies and publications, including books purporting to show that

intelligence depends almost entirely on heredity? That goes back to

ideology. The totalitarians were proclaiming their ideal perfect social

order and we, quite rightly, were objecting that human nature didn't fit

their model, that to override human nature to such an extent necessarily

meant the most extreme tyranny.  So far, so good. 

 

The Soviets then proclaimed, well, we'll just change human nature. Human

beings can be improved. And that's where we suckered ourselves into a

most expensively wrong response. We began insisting that human beings

can't be improved, that something as basic as intelligence just can't be

changed. That's how, for ideological reasons, science on both sides got

bent to political purposes long before the George W. era.  The Soviets

boosted Lysenkoism; we remained hard-frozen in merely Mendelian genetics;

and this is how we come by NATO spending our defense dollars "proving"

intelligence can't be changed. 

 

Of course, biological genetics is a much "harder" science than is

psychology, so once the Cold War is over we discover floating gene

bundles, protein sequencing, and all these other not-so-surprising ways

survival-driven bio-evolution has found to speed up biological adaptation

to a changing world.  In the meanwhile, psychology and education, much

fuzzier, have felt no such pressure to evolve their position on such

matters.

 

So here we are with studies on brain plasticity coming out our ears, and

hardly one of them yet dares to breathe the word, "intelligence."

 

Amazing that for so long, the standards of science should be such fragile

prisoners of politics and convenience.

 

With regard to your point number 4, there is a very great importance to

the question of new neurons in the instance of brain injury - but that's

something you know very well, being a former president of the Association

for Human Development.

 

A second area of importance is how it bears upon the overall theory of

intelligence and of ways it can be modified.

 

A third area of importance, at risk of prognostication, is how - with

that part of the theory - an entire major sector of inquiry for effective

treatments and therapies is opened up. So on this one point, of generating

new neurons in situ in the brain or in various areas thereof, I may have

to quibble with you just a bit, though of course I recognize that the

rest of your statement is spot on, in keeping with its author being the

one I believe knows more than any other human being alive about human

development and accelerated learning.

 

- Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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IMAGE-STREAMING

mailto:vincepriseman@yahoo.com writes:

"That Image-Streaming practice is some kind of magic to me."

 

Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com ) responds:   

Thank you, but really things are far simpler than most people realize:

1) Pick your focus.

2) Describe in detail what you find in that focus.

3) As you detail, you discover more and more within that focus.

4) A most convenient focus is that ongoing stream of imagery which

   every one of us has going on within us, a universal phenomenon.

What makes that so convenient is the stream's remarkable sensitivity to

whatever else is going on in our mind, our data base, and our subtler

perceptions. Integration of the brain and enhancement of various

intellectual and mental abilities are nice by-products from practicing

Image-Streaming. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to like a lot of

reward for not very much effort. I sure like that.

See http://www.winwenger.com/imstream.htm

 

- Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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IMAGE-STREAMING BUDDIES UPDATE

Adrienne Garnett ( mailto:aartg@optonline.net ) writes:

 

Just had an interesting experience which I thought would be fun to

share. Went to a press preview of the Robert Rauschenberg "Combines"

show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art preparatory to writing a review

for an arts magazine. I've always really "liked" Rauschenberg's

"combines" (so called because in the 1950's when he made them, he very

daringly combined painting and sculpture to make free-standing painting/

sculptures as well as 3-D assemblages that hung on the wall...unheard of

until his invention of them).

 

Having recently acquired a digital recorder, I now go through any show

in question dictating quietly into the recorder instead of writing

notes...much more spontaneous and authentic. I felt I knew Rauschenberg's

work well enough to relax into descriptions and not feel pressured into

discovering info for the first time. Well, before I realized it, I was

image-streaming. WOW did I discover stuff I've never seen before! Among

other things, Rauschenberg is quoted as not being at all concerned about

unconscious or hidden meanings in his work. He says that he is "all on

the surface." The observer, however, can discover layers and layers of

meanings in relationships of shapes, juxtapositions, all kinds of

positioning, colors. His work is a minefield of subliminal stuff that

I never saw before.

 

My job now is a tough one. I need to debrief clearly, reporting on the

show without indulging my interpretations (which, accurate or, very

possibly, not) are very hard to contain. That, however, is MY problem.

I'm just sharing this experience with you because 

   1) I fell into I.S. automatically;

   2) I think there is good potential for using I.S. as a critical tool

      with my students as well as in my own work;

   3) You probably knew this already, but might enjoy sharing my

      discovery of it.

- Adrienne Garnett ( mailto:aartg@optonline.net )

 

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THE MEANING OF LIFE

Juha Danson ( mailto:j.v.o.danson@gmail.com )

 

--Ladies and Gentlemen. Dear Fellow-toastmasters and Toastmasters-to-be.

Here I am, petrified, for I seem to have promised to talk on The Meaning

of Life. What I’ll do is tell you a story.

 

Ding…

 

I was working as a waiter in a hotel whose name I shan’t mention here, in

the Banqueting suite. Our job was at times to cater coffees and lunches

for, say, the Ericsson management teams, who were pondering what on earth

to do next.

 

There was, working in the kitchen, a French Patisseur named Marc. He

could only speak English and French, although he was engaged to Päivi,

a most attractive Finnish chef. If Marc was not active in checking what

was happening every day, no-one tended to translate the orders of the

day to him. This would often result in our asking for the afternoon’s

brownies coming to Marc as a lightning from the sky. This then would

cause Marc to shout repeatedly, of all names, that of the Russian

President.

 

I soon learned to inform Marc of upcoming events during the same morning,

which led us soon to become friends and the brownies never to be late

again. On the afternoon in question I decided, all else being done, to

go early to the kitchen with the trolley and perhaps chat with Marc until

I’d take the dessert of the day upstairs. As I approached Marc, he was

just icing with sugar, would you believe it, brownies. Noticing me over

his shoulder, he started to say: “ I’m afraid…” to which I quickly said,

in the way you sometimes say something you may never even have pondered

upon: "Please don’t be afraid, for behind every fear there is a promise."

I would never have given it a second thought if Marc had not stopped what

he was doing, and said: “Mon, that was beeautifull!” So, as there was no

rush, I stopped to think…

 

- "Yes, that’s got to be it! Wow!" I thought. "If we look at what lies

behind any of our fears, we find that we have one fear less and we have

also grown as human beings. So really Fear is one of our best friends,

beckoning us to it: 'This way, my friend, if you wish to grow as a human

being.'"

 

This event was an important one in my life. It showed me that whatever

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Ding…

 

The Meaning of Life…

 

Well, if you do know, please tell me, too! Otherwise I’ll continue to

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