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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger April 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items, Books
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
* Comments, Feedback
Noel Lackey on portable memory bank via phone
Win Wenger on science
John Cornfield on savants
Tom Hernach on visual arithmetic
Win Wenger on neuron connections, a proposal
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”
-- Baudelaire [1821-67]
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* PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to
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attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the
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in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in
area. David Simpson ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is also in the
interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the
would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.
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 from the publisher:
* SUPER SKILLS FOR STUDENTS by Isa McKechnie
* WIN WENGER'S IMAGE-STREAMING by Charles Roman
* END WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! by Mark Bossert, Win Wenger
Win Wenger writes:
Your son or daughter, niece or nephew or friend in college, week to week
and semester to semester facing further challenges and milestones in his
or her life, really needs, I believe, Isa McKechnie's "Super Skills for
Students", obtainable as hardcopy book or as ebook directly from the
publisher, Lulu.com. See http://www.winwenger.com/corebook.htm
Compact, clear, simple, direct - mostly our procedures, but not my
relatively convoluted writing. Isa has done a wonderful job, and this
work can be a very great aid and convenience to anyone in a program of
learning and challenge. I can't say enough in praise of it. Enjoy.
New toys read brain waves - Yahoo! News
Forty years ago I saw the forerunner of this, as a demonstration device
for opening garage doors. I think it has a considerable future, for
many uses besides those of paraplegics. You might find it interesting.
-- Win Wenger
Sun's Next Cycle of Fury Delayed
The Sun's next cycle of solar storms will brew up later than expected,
though astronomers are split on just how strong the star's tempests
will be. Initially expected to begin last fall, the Sun's 11-year storm
season is now pegged to begin in March 2008 and hit its peak near the
end of 2011, according to a new forecast compiled by a panel of solar
experts for the
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A group of eminent writers and researchers in the field of neuroscience
describe how their knowledge about the brain has affected the way they
lead their daily lives.
The 2007 Shift Report: Evidence of a World Transforming
This 80-page report attempts to chart the transition we believe is
underway from a rigid, mechanistic, and materialistic worldview to one
that is built on a foundation of interconnectedness, cooperation, and
the intersection of science and spirituality. A must-read!
School shooters linked to brain disorder, study shows
We’ve all been horrified with the gruesome events that transpired on
the Virginia Tech campus in April 2007. Sadly, this is yet another in
a series of seemingly unexplainable happenings involving impulsive
We have done and are about to release a revealing study linking
murderers to a specific problem area of the brain. The study showed
significant decreased blood flow in areas of the brain associated with
forethought, planning, and impulse control. This area of the brain is
implicated in anger management, and deficits here indicate a relative
inability to utilize resources involved with inhibition, self-censorship,
planning, and future consequences.
The results suggest that murderers who commit acts of impulsive violence
show a marked inability to utilize important cognitive resources when
challenged by emotionally neutral tasks. I strongly believe that we
should start using brain-imaging technology to help evaluate people who
have violent thoughts or behaviors, as many of these brain patterns are
amenable to treatment.
-- Daniel Amen, M.D., Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric
Association, and CEO of Amen Clinics, Inc., A Medical Corporation.
You can subscribe to their Newsletter, "Brain in the News", from which
this item was excerpted. We thank Lyelle Palmer for its contribution to
The Stream. Questions or comments to: www.amenclinics.com
ARCHIVES: Newsletter Archives -- http://www.amenclinics.com
See also: www.brainplace.com
© 2007, Amen Clinics Inc., A Medical Corporation. All rights reserved.
Defending free will: A fruit fly makes choices - Yahoo! News
An interesting proposition. See what you think of it.
Children Beat Adults in Memory Contest
When you need to remember specific details, try thinking like a child.
A new study pitted college-aged adults against 5- to 11-year-old kids
in a memory contest. The younger contestants won by paying better
attention to the details. Adults, it seems, get lazy.
Music Tickles Strong Memories
A new study backs the obvious notion that a song can evoke strong
memories. It also reveals that you don't even have to hear a song
for the past to come flooding back.
Translators wanted - in any language, to translate selected contents of
the Project Renaissance website, the new CoreBooks series, and certain
books by Win Wenger. Please contact Win at mailto:email@example.com if
you are able and interested in collaborating on these projects.
Two more Saturdays - June 2 and 9, 2007 - 12:30 to 3:30PM
Precipice Improv Workshops
The Writer's Center,
For information and cost, call Gary Jacobs, 202-258-6888
Precipice Improv Theater's Fall season
6 consecutive Saturday nights, starting September 1, 2007
Meet in person and hear the amazing story of Prabhavati,
the founder of Ramana’s Garden, an orphanage in
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - at Kathy Carroll's house,
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - at Seeker's Church,
May 31, 2007
Globond-DC Brunch: Empowering Your Vision
For questions, email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 857.222.9343
Wednesday - June 3, 2007 - 7:00-9:30pm
Creative Problem Solving for Entrepreneurs
Presented by Gregg Fraley, Creativity and Innovation Expert and
author of "Jack's Notebook"
Location: Cleveland Park Club House
3433 33rd Place, NW - Washington, DC 20008
Register at www.yescircle.org
$20 online; $25 at the door
June 24-29, 2007
CPSI Creativity Conference
Teamwork & Teamplay Workshops with Jim Cain, Ph.D.
September 24-26 - ACA Southeast Regional Conference, Jacksonville, FL
Teamwork & Teamplay, 468 Salmon Creek Road, Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 637-0328 | Email: email@example.com
Coming, the second weekend of November 2007 - mark your calendar!
Another round of Invention-On-Demand Training in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Further announcements will be posted here and on www.winwenger.com
THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S. - A DESERT?
by Win Wenger
News item, May 11, 2007: NASA Predicts Sizzling Summers for East
(If this link no longer works, search the site for the archived copy)
Previous and widely used computer estimates predict too many rainy
days, this new NASA study says. Because drier weather is hotter, they
underestimate how warm it will be east of the Mississippi River, said
atmospheric scientists Barry Lynn and Leonard Druyan of Columbia
University and NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Kevin Trenberth, climate analysis chief at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research, was one reviewer not yet ready to fully accept
the new computer modeling done in Lynn's and Druyan's study. However,
he confirmed that there is an established link between rainy and cooler
weather, and hot and drier weather. Rainy days mean more clouds block
the sun and more solar heat is used to evaporate water.
The study itself is only a prediction and controversial at that in that
it conflicts with other predictions (which predictions had failed to
factor in that link between dryness and further insolation), and we know
that a lot of the science on both sides of the global warming debate has
been corrupted, rendering anything said there to have a degree of
Funding for the study was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, which agency has been criticized by some for funding alarmist
science studies that favor or imply expanded roles for EPA-related
empire-builders and special interests in the environmentalist movement.
However, there is a further very serious regard, not accounted for in
the model used for the prediction, which likely makes near-future
living conditions actually much worse than that prediction for the
southeastern part of the USA and possibly for most of the rest of the
East as well:
The forests now covering, and tempering, the climate of the eastern
U.S., including nearly all of the mountains and foothills of the
Appalachians from Maine to Georgia, under such severe heat and dry
conditions will first burn off and then turn to desert. That likely
will add yet another ten to twenty degrees Fahrenheit to those daunting
figures for summer temperatures, and ruin some beautiful country.
This is yet one more area where some contingency problem-solving and
planning should be done, just in case this prediction does turn out to
have merit. Already, we know that the most extreme conditions for the
southeastern U.S. COULD be headed off. The dying of the forests, and
subsequent desert, could be prevented by large-scale irrigation. The
water for that, now that costs for water de-salting have been reduced
so far that American cities like Tampa Bay are using that for municipal
water supplies, all along the seaboard could come from the sea and be
piped up into the hills.
Note: were the dire conditions indicated to be allowed to happen, nearly
all of America's eastern cities would lose their present water supply,
the aquifer for the whole region feeding from the hills and mountains.
Once these became desert, it would only take a year or so for that
aquifer to run dry and/or to backflush with sea water.
We need to do a bit of figuring, and get some details on what it would
take to head off these contingencies, just in case there IS some good
science involved with this projection. Further, in keeping with the more
general considerations proposed in http://www.winwenger.com/newbasis.htm,
irrigating some of those Appalachian forests might be a good idea in its
own right, as the present state of the forest - and of the aquifer for so
many great Eastern cities - is unusually well favored at the moment due
to a recent fluke in the weather, and are being taken dangerously for
granted by the multitudes and interests so very dependent upon them.
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Noel Lackey ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
My cellphone is a SonyEricsson W800i, and the phone came with a small
programme installed on it called "record sound". I created a shortcut
from this program to one of the arrow keys, and whenever I have a
thought I just press the arrow key and speak into the phone and in
this way record my thoughts for transferring to my notebook at the
Another great use of this is that it will also record a telephone
conversation, so if I am talking to someone on the phone and they want
to give me their number or some important information, I don't have to
write in my notebook as they speak, just press the arrow key and the
conversation will be recorded. It also works if you meet someone in the
street or are attending a meeting/conference: if something of interest
comes up, just record it and review it later.
One of the great advantages of this phone is that it has a slot for
inputting a memory Card, and I have a 2Gb card sitting in there so have
loads of space for recording my streams or whatever.
Noel Lackey ( mailto:email@example.com )
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
In some of our discussions, I have been critical of the way science is
being conducted. Especially I've complained about corrupting interests
on both sides of the global warming controversy finding plenty of
scientists with round heels to do their bidding, which throws into
doubt a lot of good science along with the bad. Yet science, for all
its human imperfections, is still definitely one of the best things
going on this little pebble of a world we share here.
And there is still a lot of good science going on, some of it meaningful
and bound to profoundly benefit our lives in the next few years. For
Here you will discover that researchers have found how to use embryonic
stem cells to repair blood vessels, arteries and capillaries, whether
on the gross structural level such as the legs and heart or in delicate
structures such as the eyes. If the initial animal studies are successful
also in humans, millions of human beings will recover lost eyesight.
Millions of diabetics and cardiovascular patients will have their limbs
and lives saved and health restored.
Here you will learn of an Australian research team's discovery of how to
use nano-cells to carry chemotherapy directly into every cancer cell
without affecting normal cells. Via antibodies on their surface, these
nano-cells target and latch on to cancer cells. Once attached, the nano-
cell is engulfed and the drug is released directly inside the cancer
cell. This looks even stronger than some of the various immunotherapies
I've tracked over the years. This may even prove to be THE cure for
most or even all types of cancer. Human trials may begin as soon as
the end of this year.
http://www.space.com has some really neat stuff nearly every day. Enter
"space update" into their search box.
And these are but a tiny fraction of what is going on in science all
over the map. Yes, the ways science is being conducted could be improved;
yes, corners of science have been corrupted, but huge amounts of really
good science, much of it with huge potential for saving or benefitting
human lives, is going on right now even so. Improvements in how science
is done could leverage even further benefits into our lives even sooner,
but that's another issue for another discussion.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
Dean ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
I was just reading the other day how someone had see the gang from
Sesame street asking the kids to close their eyes and say what they
"see" - a basic form of Image-Streaming. This morning with my children,
while playing a hilarious game of "blind man's bluff" I realised that
it was yet another form of creating visual images but with children -
a favorite game - and we had lots of fun. Has anybody else had
interesting experiences with ImageStreaming and kids?
John Cornfield ( mailto:email@example.com ) writes:
Did anyone hear about 'Kim Peek' who was born with damage to his brain
-- nerves that connect the two hemispheres are missing -- but can
recall anything he reads from books, memorize numbers and do astounding
mathematical calculations in his head. Seems impossible for someone who
cannot button up his own shirt. Scientists who studied him say that in
the absence of those neuron connections, other connections have been
developed thus these "superior" mental abilities.
So, here, arises the question which is of interest to us: Can anyone
train or practice to encourage these other neuron connections? This
seems to fit perfectly with the purpose of Image-Streaming which is
supposed to stimulate these connections between different regions of
the brain; but with Image-Streaming, can you actually control which
regions to connect and therefore have specific increased intelligence
in a chosen area?
There's this other savant who visualizes numbers. He memorized and
recounted about 22,000 numbers (Pi's decimal places) and is also able
to perform calculations in his head, such as 37 to the power of 4. He
says that he does not see numbers in his head, but he sees colours and
shapes and movements of these shapes which he then translates into
numbers. This makes sense, since most of the brain speaks in pictures
(and this also fits nicely into the IS claim.)
It looks like these abilities are already within us but in most of us
are still dormant. Other savants are geniuses in music, language or
Memory, so I wonder why and how these minds are able to reach these
high levels of intelligence in specific areas! Your thoughts, anyone?
- John Cornfield ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Tom Hernach ( mailto:email@example.com ) writes:
Something I developed in my early twenties was to do visual
arithmetic. I basically divided numbers into cubes, lines and planes.
One, for instance, was a small cube; 10 was a line of ten small cubes;
100 was a plane of 10x10, 1000 was a bigger cube of 10x10x10, etc.
Arithmetic was then performed by mentally shuffling, adding or
subtracting these shapes.
Here's a quick example using addition. If we had 26+37, this would
give me 2 lines of ten stacked on top of each other and 6 separate
small cubes (representing 26). This would be in my left-hand field of
vision. On the right-hand side of my vision I would have 3 lines of ten
stacked on top of each other and 7 separate small cubes (representing
To perform the calculation, I just start moving blocks in my mind's eye.
First I take 4 blocks from the right side and put it on the left, giving
me three 10X1 lines stacked on top of each other on the left and three
10x1 lines plus the remaining 3 small blocks on the right. (30 on the
left and 33 on the right). I would then move the three 10x1 lines to the
Left, giving me six 10x1 lines on the left (60 on the left and 3 on the
right). Finally I would move the remaining 3 small blocks over, giving
me the answer of 63.
While this method took quite a bit of practice, it was amazing how fast
mentally shuffling shapes could become.
Tom Hernach ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com ) writes:
Mathematicians and books about math have told me that all math consists
of one or more of three things: an operation; quantities; and
relationships. Within the area of relationships, I think one reason
India has produced so many outstanding mathematicians is the culture's
awareness of and sense of balance. Once one has that, he is halfway
already to describing things in an equation.
A proposed project: Someone good with graphics and computer games, to
train precisely the skills described by Tom Hernach, plus training a
sense of balance in that context. Note that rapid flow of iterated
processes, with feedback, is required to get such skills developed to
where they are intuitive and reflexive, exactly where they need to be
if one is then to build higher functions atop them. Anyone reading this
who is willing and able to take on such a project?
Anyone willing to redeem entire future generations from the agony of
most math classes as they are now taught in our schools?
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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