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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:

       The Southeastern U.S. - A Desert? - by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

       Noel Lackey on portable memory bank via phone

       Win Wenger on science

       Dean on Sesame Street visual game

       John Cornfield on savants

       Tom Hernach on visual arithmetic

       Win Wenger on neuron connections, a proposal

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links

 

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

 

       “Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will.”

 

                                      -- Baudelaire [1821-67]

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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WELCOME to all new members who have joined us recently. 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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NEED HELP WITH MAILING LIST

We are looking for on-going help in cleaning and updating our list of

opt-in subscribers to our newsletter. The current list is about 3000

names and growing. We use it for a monthly e-mailing. Recurring problems

with delivery are people whose email box is "over quota", or they are

unknown, or have no such address. If you are willing and able to help,

contact Kate Jones at

mailto:kate@gamepuzzles.com or mailto:win@winwenger.com .

 

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IMAGE-STREAMING PARTNERS - PILOT PROGRAM

We are setting up a partners' bureau or real-time 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 create a

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=PartnersOnline

 

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INTEREST GROUPS

 

* PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to

contact him at mailto:gerald.hawkins@gmail.com about starting a problem-

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

 

* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( mailto:padrerock@rcn.com ) is interested in

attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.

 

* 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.

 

* 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.

 

*  NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( mailto:donaldmorrison@gmail.com ) is

interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,

area.

 

*  TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( mailto:rajikumars2000@yahoo.co.in )

would like to practice Image-Streaming with a live listener in his area.

 

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PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS

www.winwenger.com/corebook.htm

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

 

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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.

 

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New toys read brain waves - Yahoo! News 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070430/ap_on_hi_te/mind_reading_toys 

 

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

 

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Sun's Next Cycle of Fury Delayed

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/070426_solar_cycle.html

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 Space Weather Center at the National Oceanic and

Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

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Brain Lessons

http://www.slate.com/id/2165043/

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.

 

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The 2007 Shift Report: Evidence of a World Transforming

www.shiftreport.org

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!

 

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School shooters linked to brain disorder, study shows

www.amenclinics.com

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

murderers.

 

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.

 

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Defending free will: A fruit fly makes choices - Yahoo! News

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070516/sc_nm/flies_freewill_dc_1

An interesting proposition. See what you think of it.

 

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Children Beat Adults in Memory Contest

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050517_memory.html

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.

 

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Music Tickles Strong Memories

http://www.livescience.com/humanbiology/050526_music_memory.html

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.

 

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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:wwenger101@aol.com if

you are able and interested in collaborating on these projects.

 

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EVENTS

 

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UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS

 

Two more Saturdays - June 2 and 9, 2007 - 12:30 to 3:30PM

Precipice Improv Workshops

The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD

For information and cost, call Gary Jacobs, 202-258-6888

Details:  http://www.writer.org

 

Precipice Improv Theater's Fall season

6 consecutive Saturday nights, starting September 1, 2007

Details:  www.precipiceimprov.com

     

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Meet in person and hear the amazing story of Prabhavati,

the founder of Ramana’s Garden, an orphanage in India

Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - at Kathy Carroll's house,

6801 6th St., NW - Washington, DC 20012 - 202-723-2233

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 - at Seeker's Church,

276 Carroll St., NW - Washington, DC 20012

www.friendsramanasgarden.org

 

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May 31, 2007

Globond-DC Brunch: Empowering Your Vision

http://www.globond.com/

For questions, email mailto:kirstin@globond.com or call 857.222.9343

     

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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

Directions:  www.capitolcreativitynetwork.com

Register at www.yescircle.org

$20 online; $25 at the door

 

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June 24-29, 2007

CPSI Creativity Conference

Details:  http://www.cpsiconference.com/

     

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

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

 

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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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

 

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Feature Article:

 

                  THE SOUTHEASTERN U.S. - A DESERT?

 

                           by Win Wenger

                      mailto:wwenger101@aol.com

 

 

News item, May 11, 2007:  NASA Predicts Sizzling Summers for East

http://news.aol.com/topnews/articles/_a/nasa-predicts-sizzling-summers
-for-east/20070510232009990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

(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

uncertainty.

 

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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To send feedback privately to Win Wenger , email him at:

mailto:wwenger101@aol.com?subject=Deserts

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

mailto:thestream@winwenger.com?subject=Deserts

 

 

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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK

 

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Noel Lackey ( mailto:noel.lackey@gmail.com ) 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

first opportunity.

 

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:noel.lackey@gmail.com )

 

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Win Wenger ( mailto:wwenger101@aol.com ) 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

example:

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070507/sc_nm/stemcells_repair_dc_1  

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.

 

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/australia_cancer_dc  

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:wwenger101@aol.com )

 

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Dean ( mailto:adean557@hotmail.com ) 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?

 

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John Cornfield ( mailto:cornfieldjohn@yahoo.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:cornfieldjohn@yahoo.com )

 

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Tom Hernach ( mailto:tomhernach@yahoo.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

37).

 

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:tomhernach@yahoo.com )

 

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

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL NOTES

 

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STOLEN IDENTITY!

It has come to our attention that spurious emails, spams and possibly

infected emails are being sent out with thestream@winwenger.com or even

wwenger101@aol.com as the alleged sender. Please be assured that they

are not from us and do not have our consent. Anything with attachments

is suspect - do NOT open them, even if they seem to be from us. We

regret that such ploys intrude into the free and open communications

of this wonderful medium.

 

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