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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger              May 2007


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*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, News Items, Books

*  Events, Workshops


       Cluster of Exciting Leads for Possible Research - by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

       James Pilcher on global warming

       Win Wenger replies

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






"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








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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: .


* PHILADELPHIA/DELAWARE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to

contact him at about starting a problem-

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


* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( ) 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 ( ) is interested

in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti

area. David Simpson ( ) is also in the

Detroit area, in Livonia, MI.


* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( ) is

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



* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( )

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







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:






*  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 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

$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:





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







Feature Article:




                           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 ) to be remarkably productive. We

are finding the intensification of interior sensory attention to be, if

anything, even more productive. See 

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 .


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 .


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

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: 

*  Imagery

*  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;

predictive imagery for improved comprehension of reading and lectures

at, and the rebuilding of our most basic

abilities to understand things at


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 .



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

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








~~~ 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 ( ) 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 ( )




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 .




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