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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger May 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items, Books
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
Cluster of Exciting Leads for Possible Research - by Win Wenger
* Comments, Feedback
James Pilcher on global warming
Win Wenger replies
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"This I believe: That the free, exploring mind of the individual human
is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for:
The freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.
And this I must fight against: Any idea, religion, or government which
limits or destroys the individual."
- John Steinbeck
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
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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
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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:
* BRASÍLIA, BRAZIL - Cirlene Magalhães is interested in attending
meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Brasília area. She is
also interested in practicing Image-Streaming with a live listener in
this area. Contact her: mailto:email@example.com .
* PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to
contact him at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org about starting a problem-
solving and idea-testing group in the Philadelphia/Delaware area.
* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( mailto:email@example.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:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is interested
in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti
area. David Simpson ( mailto:email@example.com ) is also in the
Detroit area, in Livonia, MI.
* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is
interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,
* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( mailto:email@example.com )
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
Coming soon! - DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger
Some Imagination! How Memory Fails Us
Playing on the imagination, scientists have found it's pretty easy
to make people remember things that never happened.
Your Thoughts Really Are Scattered, Study Shows
Scientists have long suspected that the brain stores the memory
of an event in more than one place. A new study provides solid
evidence for this scattered record-keeping.
Scientists: You Learn Without Knowing It
You can learn without realizing what you are doing, a new study finds.
Your Brain Remembers What You Forget
As you dash outdoors in the middle of winter, you might make it
halfway down the block before realizing that your ears are freezing
because you forgot your hat. Now, scientists have shown that even
though you've had an apparent memory lapse, your brain never forgot
what you should have done.
Asteroid Mining: Key to the Space Economy
Raw resources and minerals could be mined from an asteroid in space
using a variety of methods. Even a relatively small asteroid with a
diameter of 1 km can contain billions of metric tons of raw materials.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD
For information and cost, call Gary Jacobs, 202-258-6888
Precipice Improv Theater's Fall season
6 consecutive Saturday nights, starting September 1, 2007
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, 2007
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
CLUSTER OF EXCITING LEADS FOR POSSIBLE RESEARCH
by Win Wenger
The following evolved as part of an answer to a correspondent's question
about Image-Streaming and intelligence.
As you may know, the original studies correlating improved academic
performance, improved IQ, improved balance in the Kolb Learning Styles
inventory, and quantity of performance of Image-Streaming, were
statistically inadequate and had to be put aside, together temporarily
with formal scientific claims about Image-Streaming's increasing one's
intelligence. And as you probably know, researchers and the controllers
of research resources have not yet leaped at the chance to support
studies in this topical area.
Meanwhile, though, evidence of the brain's being susceptible to
improvement has become overwhelming. One demonstration of that is to
Google for "Brain Plasticity," with or without the quote marks, then
plunge in and sample some of the many thousands of studies linked that
demonstrate the brain's changing shape, structure, size and mass in
order to better handle the type(s) of information it has been handling.
This does not mean that everyone who goes through brain-building
processes will in fact build intelligence, desirable though that may
be. Although we continue to see practice of Image-Streaming as arguably
one of the very top producers of intelligence increase, a number of
individuals have reported that despite hours or even many hours of
Image-Streaming, they experienced no apparent gains in intelligence.
Others, of course, have reported considerable such gains. Studies with
control groups and matched averages are only one of the many questions
concerning Image-Streaming that need to be researched. Another question
is what condition or what step of preparation performed WITH Image-
Streaming best facilitates such gains. Another would be to determine
factors which can be used to predict success or failure or extent of
intelligence gain from anticipated practice of Image-Streaming (and/or
of other brain-building activities).
Among many other leads for investigation are the areas of application
and utility for Image-Streaming, apart from its effects on intelligence.
Overall, this general topic of Image-Streaming is an area of many
profound leads for absolutely vital research which hasn't happened yet
for lack of manpower to investigate them, and of resources to allow and
support their investigation.
1) Clear principle: the better one hooks up to one's senses, both
internally and externally, the better one can cope, the more insights
and more solutions and more opportunities will become visible. We are
finding the intensification of external sensory attention (see
www.winwenger.com/part56.htm ) to be remarkably productive. We
are finding the intensification of interior sensory attention to be, if
anything, even more productive. See www.winwenger.com/borrow1.htm.
Bridging both domains is our finding that if you give enough attention to
what your senses are telling you, the intellectual side will pretty well
take care of itself.
2) Clear principle: external senses and feedback are much faster than
internal. Evolutionary survival pressures have put a premium on quick
response to external stimuli. More involvement with external sensory
feedback evokes more pole-bridging effect - i.e., it forces closer, more
facile and more rapid communications between the participating regions
of the brain. See also www.winwenger.com/part73.htm .
3) Clear principle: more stimulus, and, especially, more feedback,
drives more development in the brain. Relate this to the considerations
found in the article at www.winwenger.com/feed1.htm .
What this says, among other things, is that the more you tune up the
senses, other things being equal, the more you will have functions
driving your brain toward higher intelligence. This aspect is gradual,
incremental, accumulative, and may build throughout a lifetime. Further,
Specific pole-bridging effects may jump-start the brain to higher levels
of intelligence by bridging specific functions together which facilitate
the higher functions. Further, this effect may lend itself to treatment
for stroke and/or other brain-damage effects (see
Meanwhile, arguably the fastest and strongest known way to improve
language skills is the effort to describe meaningfully, to a live
listener, a succession of experiences which increasingly challenge one's
ability TO describe. Language skills figure large on intelligence tests,
and their role in intelligence itself is considerable.
One major pole-bridging procedure, Image-Streaming, presents its
practitioners many such challenges. In the practice of Image-Streaming,
language skills and functions relating to verbal intelligence are among
the first and quickest mind and brain functions to show improvement.
To the extent that Image-Streaming does improve intelligence, among
other functions and conditions, its initial impact will usually be in
relation to verbal intelligence; but other benefits (and most of the
benefits of other brain-building activities) can be expected to
gradually accumulate and build over a lifetime. Specific leaps in
intelligence may also obtain through specific pole-bridgings, and/or
otherwise overcoming specific gaps and deficits in brain function.
Brain scans of the Image-Streaming effect, and detailed information
on the brains of participants or patients, should render such upward
leaps much more predictable and readily attainable than they are now.
Help is requested, from qualified researchers and from resourced
institutions, for investigating some of the many profoundly significant
research leads in this topic. Especially at this time, we request help
in obtaining iMRIs or equivalent of brains performing Image-Streaming,
investigating short- and long-term changes associated with that process.
Two further considerations:
1) Whatever instrument you use to measure effects should have high
ceilings or no ceilings. If the instrument has too low a ceiling to
show much of whatever improvement you are looking for, it is not going
to show much improvement, regardless of how high or even spectacular
the actual gain in function. See www.winwenger.com/validate.htm
for further discussion of that and related points.
2) Is the function you are testing really the function you are working
with? Researchers need to be clear on just what they are working with
when measuring Image-Streaming. That process is not directed imagery,
which most people think one is speaking of when referring to "imagery."
That process is not just running images through your head. That process
is not just speaking their description into open air. Measurements of
effects of any of those things will show little, and will not be
measurements of the effects of Image-Streaming, as those activities
are not Image-Streaming. One should thoroughly familiarize oneself with
the instructions and curriculum on Image-Streaming which start at
Make sure your own Image-Streaming or that of the people whose gains
you are measuring, is doing all of the following. You need all these
conditions of Image-Streaming:
* Spontaneity of imagery, contents free of conscious direction
* Focus on the sensory details of your sensory images
* Describing aloud, in detail, TO a live listener or near equivalent
* And it helps afterward to also sort out the meaning of what your
images meant. Though that last, the interpretation of image meaning,
is not required in order for the function to be truly Image-
Streaming, it appears to help a great deal, reinforcing the pathways
opened by the initial process between the verbal-conscious and the
sensory-associating regions of the brain.
Finally: the more basic the tool, the wider the number and range of its
possible uses. What are all the possible uses for a screw driver? What
are all the possible uses of Image-Streaming? This also is a wide-open
sector for easy-to-be-original research and development.
Several applications of Image-Streaming which have just begun to be
developed include complete elimination of writer's block (please see
the book of that title at www.winwenger.com/corebook.htm#block);
predictive imagery for improved comprehension of reading and lectures
at www.winwenger.com/predict.htm, and the rebuilding of our most basic
abilities to understand things at www.winwenger.com/part44.htm.
Each of these applications is quite remarkable in its consequences.
We would be very pleased to hear from, and to help in such ways as we
can, any qualified researcher and any educational, clinical or research
institution that is interested in investigating any of these many
scientific leads - please reply to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
To send feedback privately to Win Wenger , email him at:
To send your comments about this article to The Stream, write to:
COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
email@example.com writes, in a Global Warming discussion:
While I will grant that we may be going through a warming spell, most
of you are falling for the alarmist garbage coming from hacks with
political axes of their own to grind.
Listening to what any of the old-style environmental groups is spouting
on any individual issue is playing the fool. Originally these groups --
Greenpeace, The Sierra Club, WWF and such -- were made up of real
environmentalists who believed in the issues they touted and studied
the problems and strived for solutions to the issues. More important,
they were honest with themselves and the public. Today it is far
I remember the meetings I attended where we discussed the problems of
Old-growth logging and how to curtail it. Public awareness was almost
always what we aimed for because an informed public got things done.
The problem was what we used in our efforts to inform the public and
tactics we used. There might have been two members who actually
believed that the Spotted Owl was endangered and going to become
extinct because of logging. The naturalists among us let everyone
know that it only nested in dead trees, not live timber wanted by
the logging companies, but it was cute and had a great image for the
public. So they adopted it. I say "they" because I and about a third
of the organization left over the issue.
Almost everybody in California knows of the Spotted Owl. But how many
know that the information propagated about its habitat and pending
extinction was false? The news was even released and confirmed by
Greenpeace, but who knows this?
I am sure that it is news here, so read everything you see coming
from any of the Established environmental groups with a grain of salt.
They are, by and large, political organizations using the environment
to get their power base increased, not environmental groups using
politics to save the world. That said, the largest single contributor
to greenhouse gasses is volcanic activity. The leading living organism
contributing to greenhouse gasses is THE TERMITE.
At a ratio of 1000+:1, the country responsible for the most greenhouse
gasses is China, but was the Soviet Union. Of the major modern powers,
the USA is one of the most responsible. Yes, we pollute, but man as a
whole, the West as a political group, and the USA in particular, did
not cause it. Please do the research on your own instead of mouthing
anyone else's drivel, including my own.
I am not sourcing my statements in the vain hope that one of you
will do some reading of your own. We can and should do nothing to alter
the course of this process. The earth has done it several times in its
life and will continue to do so until Sol eats it up when it novas. The
only thing we can and should do is seeing to the survival of the life on
earth, our species, and our ideals. This won't be hard since the last
time the globe warmed, the seas rose a total of twelve feet, and
temperatures rose less than ten degrees F.
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) replies:
What alarms me is the accelerated melting of the Greenland icecap (and
part of the Antarctic), when our geologic history is full of instances
of sudden, disastrous collapses of such icecaps with consequent sudden,
not gradual, rises in sea level. And a spectacular spiking of CO2
apparently unprecedented in Earth history, points toward the likelihood
(not the certainty) that Greenland's icecap collapse, interrupting the
Gulf Stream and Conveyor Belt, could zip us right into a sudden new ice
age. Amidst such a spread of uncertainties, the only certainties are
our political denial and the already-underway interruption of land-based
agriculture due to become global famine in very few years unless somehow
As it happens, though, I do tend to agree with you about some or most
of the older environmental groups. Many times I've offered to various
officers of various of them to conduct, for free, problem-solving
sessions using any of the dozens of different ingenious/creative
problem-solving methods within our own competence here (among the
hundreds now in successful professional use around the planet). Their
responses and, more, their non-responses, convinced me that they had
no interest in solving the environmental problems they were chartered
to pursue, only in amassing wealth and political numbers for power. I
can't make that a blanket statement, but let's say that it was a
condition frequently encountered.
These are pretty much givens in ongoing terrestrial activity. Further,
we NEED some levels of greenhouse gasses for Earth even to be habitable.
One issue is that of whether, on top of these natural processes, human
activities have pushed things far further out of equilibrium than we
can withstand the consequences of. Another, more cogent issue is that -
given that disruptive climate change is underway - can't we, can't
SOMEone, SOMEwhere, do some prudent contingency planning toward
countering the disruptive effects of climate change which now just
about everyone, including even Bush, finally agrees is happening?
That point is and has been my main point. Put politics aside, even
a little, long enough to do some effective problem-solving identifying
and planning for the range of pending disruptions, some of which are
already underway. A little ingenious problem-solving and attention now
could save billions of lives. This is, and has been, my main point on
this topic. I renew my invitation to members to join in some problem-
solving efforts on this topic, and/or to help us toward creating the
multi-disciplinary colloquium I propose at
In such problem-solving sessions or at such a colloquium, we don't
even have to point fingers of blame and accusation and ascertain
whether human beings have contributed to the massively disruptive
climate changes underway. It is simple prudence to plan for
contingencies among the enormous effects from those changes, thereby
saving lives and no few bucks and no little convenience.
I know enough geology to know that coming in and out of ice ages has
raised and lowered ocean levels hundreds of feet. I also know enough
geology to know that the increases among these changes have largely
catastrophically sudden, occasioned by sudden collapses of ice caps
similar to what we appear about to witness in Greenland and in part of
Antarctica. I have not taken the measurements myself, but people whom I
have some reason to trust have, and they say that if just Greenland's
ice slides into the sea as it may in the next several years, sea levels
will rise by twenty-three feet, instead of the inches projected by the
gradualists among us.
Further, the off-the-charts spike in CO2 is worrisome in that it might
carry us out of the geohistoric equilibrium range altogether. We have
Mars and Venus to show us what happens when one or two little things get
far enough out of kilter. For me, the biggest worry is whether we reach
the point where CO2 and methane (yes, methane is even more of a greenhouse
gas than CO2) come boiling out of our warming oceans instead of being
sequestered away by those oceans. That spike might be enough to carry
us to that point and beyond. We don't KNOW, that is exactly the point,
that is exactly why we should be creatively planning contingencies now,
while there is still chance and resource and time to forestall the worst
of the possibilities and to do useful things about the other changes and
disruptions. Will you join a few of us in a little constructive problem-
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com )
Editor's note: Win has gone on to add yet another consideration to the
contingencies we should be planning for. He has offered a new principle,
that whatever contingency measures are undertaken as regards the effects
of disruptive climate change should be measures worth undertaking for
their own sake. He offers several key examples. See this very important
new principle for public discussion of these issues in his new article
at www.winwenger.com/newbasis.htm .
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