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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
* Reader Questionnaire
* Masthead photo - Elan Sun Star
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms."
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:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
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:
INTEREST GROUP - PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE
Gerald Hawkins ( mailto:email@example.com ) offers interested
parties to contact him via email about starting a problem-solving
and idea-testing group in the Philadelphia/Delaware area.
INTEREST GROUP - CHICAGO
Nick Costello ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is interested in attending
meetings of Project Renaissance
members in the
INTEREST GROUP -
Harry L. Beam,
would like to meet with other members of Project Renaissance in the
Dallas/Fort Worth area of
INTEREST GROUP -
Eric Bottorff ( mailto:email@example.com ) is interesting in
attending meetings of Project
Renaissance members in the
David Simpson ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is also in the
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:
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
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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
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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
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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
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Read for free here: http://www.fepint.org/winning-helix/
Hope raised for reversing severe childhood disease
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
Bird of the
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,
Short Mental Workouts May Slow Decline of Aging Minds, Study Finds
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.
Brain cells clue to genius of Einstein
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.
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.
Scientists Say Everyone Can Read Minds
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
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.
Instant replay may help form memories
LiveScience (February 12, 2006) reported on research done by David
Foster ( mailto:email@example.com ) 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.
Full article in Nature available only by subscription or purchase.
SPACE.com -- Riding a Beam of Light:
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.
Stroke victims train brains to see again
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,
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.
Action computer games can sharpen eyesight
A study by scientists at the
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%.
Math anxiety saps working memory needed to do math
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
"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
Surgeons who play video games more skilled: study shows
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.
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
March 30-May 18, 2007
Creativity-in-Work Professional Development Program
presented by Michelle James, CEO
The Center for Creative Emergence & Quantum Leap Business
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
PRECIPICE IMPROV THEATER - www.precipiceimprov.com
Every Saturday, from March 3 to March 31, 2007 - 8 PM
The Bethesda Writer's Center -
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.
PhotoReading seminar by
Learning Strategies Corporation
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
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
PHOTOREADING Seminar in
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,
Need more information? Call our expert PhotoReading coach,
Mr. Dana Hanson, at 1-888-800-2688.
Teamwork & Teamplay Workshops with Jim Cain, Ph.D.
March 3 -
March 14-16 - ACA CAMPWEST Conference,
March 28-31 - ACA Tri-States Conference,
September 24-26 - ACA Southeast Regional Conference,
Teamwork & Teamplay,
Phone: (585) 637-0328 | Email: email@example.com
ADDITION OF NEW BRAIN CELLS?
by Lyelle Palmer
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
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
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/.
Lyelle Palmer ( mailto:LPalmer@winona.edu )
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
NEW BRAIN CELLS - SEE "BRAIN PLASTICITY"
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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
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
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:email@example.com )
"That Image-Streaming practice is some kind of magic to me."
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
IMAGE-STREAMING BUDDIES UPDATE
Adrienne Garnett ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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:email@example.com )
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Juha Danson ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
--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.
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
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
This event was an important one in my life. It showed me that whatever
we concentrate on, GROWS. If it’s avoiding our fears, then it is the
fear that grows. It also led me to remember having read somewhere that
ALL in the Universe is illusion and that it is solely up to us which
illusion we choose to live in.
The Meaning of Life…
Well, if you do know, please tell me, too! Otherwise I’ll continue to
believe that The Meaning of Our Life is exactly what we choose it to be.
- Juha Danson ( mailto:email@example.com )
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