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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger July 2007
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, News Items, Books
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
by Win Wenger and Mike Estep
* Comments, Feedback
Louise Marie Lalande on idea seeds
Jim Guinness on attention
Gabriel Grenier on Photoreading
Oddynius on Photoreading and Image-Streaming
Win Wenger on starting a school
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"At all times and under all circumstances, we have the power to
transform the quality of our lives."
- Werner Erhard
ANNOUNCEMENTS, NEWS, BOOKS
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:
Or see the online archives: http://www.winwenger.com/strmlist.htm
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:
* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
is interested in learning and practicing Image-Streaming, in Italian
or English. Please contact him if you are already knowledgeable in
this technique and in the Venice area.
* PORTLAND, OREGON - Clarice Dankers
( mailto:email@example.com )
would like to start an 8-week "Socratic Thinking" course for people in
the Portland/SW Washington area. Get together for two hours each week
to practice different techniques and document your results. If anyone
is interested in learning more about this, email Clarice or phone her
[Note from Win Wenger: -- Please, people, respond especially to this
one. This looks to be a very special opportunity in several regards.]
* FRANCE - Cirlene Magalhaes ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
would like to start a 4-week "Socratic Thinking" course for people in
the Boulogne/Pas-de-Calais area in August and September 2007. It will
be a 20-hour course, with 2 dates a week and 4 hours of home activities.
The target audience of the course is academic teachers in the area of
human resources formation and education. The course has the objective
of gathering people interested in the method in order to: (1) discuss
its underpinnings; (2) practice its different techniques; (3) document
the results obtained. After mastering the technique, the interested
teachers can duplicate the experience with their students and document
the results obtained in their classes as well. Please contact Cirlene
by email to sign up or for more information.
[Note from Win Wenger: -- And also especially respond to this one,
people. What happier setting or more useful and pleasant content?
Grab this chance today!]
* BALTIMORE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to contact him
at mailto:email@example.com about starting a problem-solving
and idea-testing group in the Baltimore, Maryland, area.
* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) 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:email@example.com ) is interested
in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti
* David Simpson ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) is also in the
Detroit area, in Livonia, MI.
* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( mailto:email@example.com ) is
interested in joining an Image-Streaming group in the Bloomfield, NJ,
* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
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
Mental Training Affects Distribution of Limited Brain Resources
The information processing capacity of the human mind is limited, as is
evidenced by the so-called "attentional-blink" deficit: When two targets
(T1 and T2) embedded in a rapid stream of events are presented in close
temporal proximity, the second target is often not seen. This deficit is
believed to result from competition between the two targets for limited
attentional resources. ... meditation, or mental training, affects the
distribution of limited brain resources. ... This study supports the
idea that plasticity in brain and mental function exists throughout life
and illustrates the usefulness of systematic mental training in the study
of the human mind. Here's the original journal article:
"20 Tricks to Boost IQ and Build a Mental Exercise Routine"
Scott Young provides a fine list of enjoyable activities to sharpen your
Pheromones trigger brain cell growth
News from Calgary research: Pheromone signals from dominant males spark
new brain cells in their female partners and could help repair injured
brains, suggests a new study by a University of Calgary neuroscientist.
Technology Review: Solar Power at Half the Cost
A new mechanism for focusing light on small areas of photovoltaic
material could make solar power in residential and commercial
applications cheaper than electricity from the grid in most markets
in the next few years.
Sun's activity rules out link to global warming
Direct satellite measurements of solar activity show it has been
declining since the mid-1980s and cannot account for recent rises in
global temperatures, according to new research.
Win Wenger comments:
This looks to be a biggie - In recent months I've complained that the
science on both sides of the global warming issue has been corrupted by
special interests, always able to find some round-heeled scientists who
will produce "studies" to support particular - and political - positions.
Well, methodologically, Lockwood's and Fröhlich's study in this instance
looks pretty straightforward to me. Implications are considerable. See
what you think.
Gulf of Mexico "dead zone" could expand this year
The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" -- a swath of water with such low
levels of oxygen that marine life can be threatened or killed -- could
be the largest since measurements began in 1985, scientists said on
Tuesday. The dead zone, which recurs each year off the Texas and
Louisiana coasts, could stretch to more than 8,500 square miles this
year -- about the size of New Jersey -- compared with 6,662 square
miles in 2006 and 4,800 square miles in 1990.
Win Wenger comments:
Where better to apply our invention for oceanic fish farming, whether
or not one were actually to farm fish there (a question of the chemical
runoffs from Texas and Louisiana?). We need to restore the waters to
health. See www.winwenger.com/part59.htm for a description of the
invention, whose main application would make it easy and inexpensive
to greatly expand the world's protein supply.
9,500-Year-Old City Found Underwater Off India: Discovery Will Force
Western Archaeologists to Rewrite History
A civilization has been uncovered that would have appeared just as
ancient to the people who built the pyramids as the pyramids seem to
us. According to marine scientists in India, archaeological remains
were discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay
off the western coast of India. And carbon dating says that they are
9,500 years old. The vast city — five miles long and two miles wide —
is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by
more than 5,000 years. See also:
Some controversy is discussed at
www.answers.com/topic/ruins-in-the-gulf-of-cambay and repeated in
Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com ) comments:
This Neolithic discovery is one of very considerable consequence. I've
known just about all my life that the standard model of late neolithic
to early bronze times was full of holes and stretched to the breaking
point to account for some of the anomalies. This latest discovery looks
too solid to ignore, and SOME revisions will indeed have to be made to
the standard model. I hope we can do so rationally and well-based upon
the actual evidence. Take a look at the articles linked above.
Something on this scale isn't going away nor can it be hidden or ignored.
There is no lack of bases for evidence, and whatever is the truth here
is pretty likely to come out, these next few years.
Not in the articles, but worth noting: Even today, with seven billion
people crowding each other over almost every square inch of the planet,
most of us live near sea level. In Eurasia and Africa, the first
civilizations on agreed record were near sea level or even on the
sea. It does not seem utterly implausible to me that if there had been
civilizations existing 10,000 years ago about the time of the melting
of the main icecaps of the last glacial age, they could have been based
at seaside and/or on fertile alluvial plains near sea level, and could
have been wiped out by the 200-foot rise in sea levels which resulted at
No lesson in any of that for us, though, of course.
Gifted Education Press is offering a complimentary copy of their
Twentieth Anniversary SUMMER 2007 Online Quarterly issue. To receive it,
just email directly to the publisher, Maurice Fisher, Ph.D., at:
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.
Capitol Creativity Network - August 8, 2007
"Accessing Creative Intelligence for New Work and Life Solutions"
Contact: Michelle James at mailto:Michelle@CreativeEmergence.com
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
MUSIC, THE ARTS, AND INTELLIGENCE - A DIALOGUE
by Win Wenger, Ph.D. ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org )
and Mike Estep, Ph.D. ( mailto:email@example.com )
For this month's feature, we bring you a few notes on how involvement
with music and the arts may affect IQ and intellectual achievement, with
excerpts from a recent correspondence between Win Wenger and Professor
Introduction - Win Wenger:
It appears increasingly evident that involvement with music - at least
classical music with its unique structures, architecture of detail,
accumulation of the most compelling of music over the past few centuries,
and richness of expression within the music - improves intelligence and
intellectual performance. I'm not talking about the so-called Mozart
Effect, which looks to be temporary. I'm talking about permanent changes
in intelligence and in the very structures of the brain most closely
related to intellect. I imagine that some forms of progressive jazz have
some of the same advantages, and possibly other forms as well.
I cite, for example, work by Gottfried Schlaug and his colleagues at
Dusseldorf University, demonstrating that, within their brains, the organ
responsible for the core of our intellects - the left plenum temporales
in the middle of our speech centers - in persons with perfect musical
pitch is TWICE THE SIZE of that organ, physically, in the rest of us.
Music and the arts, especially their aspect in aesthetics or our sense
of beauty, are predominantly far to the right in the brain; but key
aspects show up all over the brain, including in the conscious, word-
processing "left side." The left plenum temporales is the core of our
intellect and verbal intelligence, as "far to the left" as you can get
in the brain; its primary function is to sort out and discriminate
nuances in word meanings.
Five or ten percent difference, on average, would be awesome. For the
left plenum temporales to be fully double the size, in physical volume,
in those of us who have perfect pitch, shoots right off the seismograph
in its implications.
Recent studies have suggested that most children are born with perfect
pitch, but most of us lose it early on for lack of experiences which
develop it. In our own experience, children who were taught at least
the beginnings of how to sight-read and play music, by a method devised
by Susan Wenger ( http://www.winwenger.com/archives/part14.htm ), all
appeared as an accidental by-product to have perfect musical pitch.
It is also my conviction that the practice of Improvitaping builds
intelligence and, indeed, does so rather strongly and rapidly. I think
it can do so even in people who are initially totally without musical
ability. See how to Improvitape, with its rapid sensory perceptions,
responses to those perceptions, and flow-with-feedback phenomena, at
www.winwenger.com/archives/part13.htm . Then read how such flow-with-
feedback phenomena improve intelligence, www.winwenger.com/feed1.htm .
For the last 22 years in private music instruction, I've allowed myself
to use and develop a form of Imagestreaming (even though I didn't refer
to it this way nor know of Dr. Wenger's work in the beginning).
I always viewed my private instruction as a testing ground to experiment
with ideas and techniques. I didn't constrain my thoughts strictly to
musical structures, either. I'd incorporate elements of the habits of
geniuses (Mozart, da Vinci, Einstein, Tesla, etc.), personal development,
and brain science/psychology. I would take a broad range of subjects and
allow myself to improvise concepts and answers to students. I wasn't
afraid of making errors, as I felt the cream of ideas would rise to the
top, just as it does through trial-and-error with playing an instrument
or working with computer technology. The repetition of this process
allowed me to entertain ideas not commonly thought of and become very
philosophical in my approach.
The only censoring that took place was in regard to using language or a
few concepts that might be offensive to students. Other than that, I let
my mind roam freely, while extracting ideas verbally. The images, ideas,
and words would just flow. I also incorporated this with Socratic
questioning to help the students feel some sense of involvement in the
I didn't discover Dr. Wenger's work until I read the Einstein Factor in
1999. I was so thrilled to see such work taking place. While I haven't
incorporated verbatim every one of his techniques, I believe there is
great value in his work.
After using my imagestreaming processes for several hours per day (4 to
6 days per week) over the last 22 years, I'm absolutely positive that it
has changed me as a person. I commonly come up with solutions to problems
now where I'm not consciously searching for the answers (it happens at
the subconcious level). I'm also confident that my students continue to
come to me because of my incorporating this into my teaching. I believe
it reaches to students on levels that are much deeper than the intellect
alone. I'm convinced it is one of the reasons why I've had over 2500
private students in the last 22 years.
I believe it is important to "draw out" the genius within my students.
Unfortunately, I also know that most of my students would never encounter
such thinking if it weren't for my instruction. However, I still proceed,
because my efforts (and the efforts of like-minded individuals) could
help produce another da Vinci with insights that literally change the
Mike, from your description, one question: Did you have, and do you
have, a recorder going while you are giving these lessons? Capturing
your improvised insights on at least audio recorder greatly accelerates
progress because it frees you to go on beyond where you went before.
Maybe you already have that going for you.
I do use some of your techniques, sometimes with my own twist. For some
time now, I've been intrigued by your putting on of heads and seeing
through the eyes of geniuses. Several years ago, I wrote a browser-based
attending to other things. ... As a long-time ear-playing musician, I
have learned to highly trust my intuition. It steers me correctly most
of the time.
I don't go around discussing this freely with everyone, as most people
would not understand. However, I regularly discuss aspects of these
things with my students and help them to see that, as a species, most
human beings have no clue what their real mental capacities are. To
some degree, I believe there is a da Vinci in all of us.
There is always a next higher level, for each of us. From all you have
described, I believe a very well-defined next-higher level awaits your
practice of recording while you teach, especially of the sessions where
you let fly and sometimes surprise yourself with the insights which
come forth. As "dangerous" as you already are, this could be fun.
The tachistoscope sounds like a good idea. For years I've been wanting
to set up a tachistoscope-based program for making an interactive page
with our High Thinktank process, only no one with the needed skills has
emerged. Beyond that, just simply developing the ability to quickly
perceive a scene and identify and make sense out of its elements, would
be a good thing to do for training our mostly unused link to our own
perceptions. See, for example and for educational use with young
children, the "Sherlock Holmes" suggestion I made some years ago in
www.winwenger.com/archives/part17.htm (and some of the perceptual-
development ideas I offered in the article that preceded it,
www.winwenger.com/archives/part16.htm ). No one has ever taken up
anything near this approach to things, though as I write this, it
occurs to me that people involved in training athletes might find
this to be of interest.
Where our efforts here could be most helped would be to get some sort
of publishable, quantifiable comparison measure of the effects of this
kind of process on (your) students. I mention quantifiable for obvious
reasons, though building up a stock of ready anecdotal evidence would
also be helpful at this stage. Publishable, point-to-able evidence
"creates permission" for other educators and trainers to dip their own
toes into the waters, generating more such data and more such
"permission." That's where our efforts here could be most helped.
How may we best help your efforts there?
Thank you very much for writing and sharing.
Actually this is rather ironic. I have much expertise with music/
multimedia/sound reinforcement technologies (36 years). But in 22 years
of private music instruction, I have never recorded my imagestreamed
discourse. I have had students who videotaped me showing particular
playing techniques, but not my philosophical "drawing out". I would
consider doing this, just to be able to reflect later on how I'm using
the imagestreaming process (for personal feedback/reinforcement/
...now I'm ready to resume academic teaching and research. If this
occurs for the Fall, it will include a move. That will mean having to
re-establish my private music instruction clientele.
I have also used my version of the imagestreaming process in university
instruction of groups. But even with academic freedom, it hasn't felt
quite as free as with my private instruction. However, I would not be
opposed at some point in the not-too-distant future to doing some kind
of research study incorporating such techniques.
It's great that you've been able to develop as far as you have without
such a direct volume of personal feedback. I expect that when you get
a chance to start recording yourself in action, your further progress
will totally amaze everyone, especially yourself.
... If you hire a college music student to transcribe your pieces, I
would recommend one that is pursuing performance/education in commercial
or jazz music as opposed to someone who is pursuing classical training.
The reason for this is that, as a rule of thumb, most musicians pursuing
formal classical training do not play much by ear. I've played by ear
since I was 10 and play professionally in country and rock bands, but
my bachelors in music ed was a traditional classical program - so I've
seen both sides. Although ear training is emphasized in classical theory
classes, students who aren't pursuing it on their own outside of school
don't develop their ears much (sad but true). Their pursuits are geared
mostly toward music reading, which is a different animal. Commercial and
jazz students who go to schools like Berklee College are highly skilled
ear players and readers.
... That is very interesting, what you mention about classical-training
Students' not being much involved in working by ear. I see that as a
lack, yet clearly something is working in classical training to the
point that we seem to be living in the Golden Age of Performance. Of
course, not everyone is an Evgeny Kissen and maybe great performers
come through despite, rather than because of, various aspects of the
standard training, but I have to wonder at this aspect. ...
On the ear thing... As far as musical balance goes, I believe more of
this goes on in commercial music (jazz, rock, pop, etc.) performance
schools like Berklee ( www.berklee.edu ). Although the styles are not
as much classical, what is emphasized is a balance of sight reading,
performance, theory, history, ear training, ear transcribing, ear
playing, composition, and improvisation. Musicians that finish training
from these schools are able to do studio work, play with national acts,
Musicians receiving training from traditional classical schools will
generally not have near the amount of exposure to ear playing, ear
transcribing, and improvising. They can develop enormous technical
playing and sight-reading skills. I'm not saying they never use their
ears, but they don't regularly learn pieces by ear. The classical
repertoire is generally learned (phonetically, so to speak) through
There is a world-class concert pianist from Africa who was an artist-in-
residence at the University where I used to teach. She was nominated for
a Grammy a few years ago for a classical CD she recorded. I had a short
conversation with her after I finished my ear-training dissertation
study there. She informed me that she really had trouble with ear and
related theory training, which took me somewhat by surprise, because she
is truly a virtuoso when it comes to technical playing and sight reading.
She plays with much feeling also.
I believe the aversion to ear playing sometimes starts in early formal
music training. I have regularly seen students who go through public
music school band programs or private classical instruction encouraged
not to play by ear, as this is looked at as a possible crutch to not
learn to read music (which is true occasionally).
It is ironic that many of the classical composers we revere played by
ear often (as well as sight read). For instance, it was common for Bach
to write out chord progressions (no standard notation, just chord
symbols), hand them out to musicians, and then the musicians would take
turns improvising in fugue styles, much like jazz, rock, or country
musicians would improvise solos today. The majority of professional
rock, pop, and country musicians I have personally known in the last
28 years do not read standard music notation at all (yet, some of these
players are virtuosos). Accurate and current note-for-note transcriptions
for much popular music (as performed in recordings) are not readily
available, so these musicians have to learn to play by ear to work up
most of the songs.
Here are my personal feelings about ear playing vs. sight reading...
Learning to play by ear is analogous to learning to speak a language
by imitation. Learning to sight-read music is analogous to learning to
read words. We don't teach our children to phonetically read their
native tongue before they can speak it. However, using the previous
analogies, that is exactly what is happening with much formal music
training in private instruction and in schools. We usually consider
it a form of ignorance for people to learn to speak (or play by ear)
but not learn to read (or sight read). I think that a different kind
of ignorance occurs if a person doesn't learn to speak fluently (or
play by ear fluently) before, or at least during, learning how to
read fluently (or sight read fluently).
The best situation is to learn equally to play by ear and sight read.
However, if I were forced to choose one skill over the other, I would
hands-down choose ear playing over sight reading, just as I would choose
speaking words over reading words (because trying to read words
phonetically without being able to speak the language really doesn't
make sense). Fortunately, I've developed skills in both areas.
One thing is very clear to me. I have developed a very strong intuitive
sense of thinking, imagining, and feeling that are directly related to
my learning to play by ear starting at age 10 (I'm 47 now). Just as I
use my intuitive ear in every musical endeavor (many times doing so as
habit without realizing it's happening), I now also attempt to use
intuitive and feeling perceptions in every endeavor.
By the way, in the last decade, your work has contributed greatly to my
outlook in the matter of "connecting the dots" and tying such perceptions
Footnote - Win Wenger:
Regarding great composers playing by ear and improvising: Definitely not
only Bach - In the year 1800, Daniel Steibelt, a rather full-of-himself
Franco-Prussian musician and composer, came to Vienna to attempt to take
over music there. He challenged Ludwig von Beethoven to a piano-playing
duel. There he took a theme from one of Beethoven's pieces and did some
improvisations on it to show how he thought Beethoven should have handled
it. Beethoven's turn at the piano, he took a sheet of music at random
from one of Steibelt's pieces, turned it upside down, and for a half hour
ran off variation after astonishing variation. Steibelt slunk out of town
and spent the rest of his life safely out of the way in Moscow. By the
way, what Beethoven built out of Steibelt's music sheet turned upside
down became the basis for Beethoven's great Third Symphony, the Eroica,
which broke the back of classicism and launched the romantic movement in
Ironically, it was Beethoven's own impatience with fellow musicians and
performers of his age that led to the death of improvisation in classic
forms of Euro-Western music. All composers used to designate cadenzas
where the performer would go flying on his own, expressing his own special
take on the piece he was playing. Beethoven couldn't get any of the
performers of his time to come up with satisfactory cadenzas on his pieces,
so he ended up writing in his own cadenzas into his musical scores, a
practice which other composers thereafter followed.
Summary comments - Win Wenger:
The topics of music, perceptual rapid flow-with-feedback, improvisation,
and effects on parts of the brain having to do with intelligence and
intellect are an utterly rich field in which many important discoveries
are waiting to be made. Meanwhile, regardless of whether you are musical
now, you can significantly improve your intelligence and your intellect
by strongly involving yourself in music, and by practice of Improvitaping.
Computer game designers are being sought for our game program on music.
Musicians are sought who are willing to test various of our procedures,
not only Improvitaping. In this context are easy points of leverage
through which to work major effects. And yes, music and the arts should
be especially a key part of the experience of every child. Economizing
moves that struck the arts from most public schooling have done most
terrible harm to our country and to most of us living therein.
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Louise Marie Lalande ( mailto:louise@coCreations.net ) writes:
My sense of the world resonates with your vision statement in
www.winwenger.com/mission.htm . I believe we can help each other
grow while seeking inspiration from the wonderment of life, nature,
and inventions. Most important, I believe we can lead a more peaceful,
healthy, happy and loving life if we choose so. It is my hope to
plant these types of idea seeds by teaching and co-leading workshops
that include creativity and play while incorporating meaningful
viewpoints about our emotions, mind, body and spirit. This will
provide others tools to shape their lives meaningfully through their
individual, innate wisdom and guidance.
Jim Guinness ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
About 20 years ago I attended one of your workshops in the Boston area,
and recently "rediscovered" your work. I'm so glad! I'm now a HS math
teacher, I'd already been applying some of what you suggest without
knowing it, but it's so helpful to have it made explicit! Thanks!!
At the end of Winsights #33 [ www.winwenger.com/part33.htm ] you say:
"... it is now overwhelmingly clear to me that one of the very best
things we can do for one another, in or out of the classroom context,
is to listen to one another, with full attention, respect and regard.
This reminded me of a quote from the great Indian teacher, Nisargadatta
Maharaj: "Do not undervalue attention. It means interest and also love.
To know, to do, to discover, or to create, you must give your heart to
it - which means attention. All the blessings flow from it." - Source:
- Jim Guinness ( mailto:email@example.com )
Gabriel Grenier ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
I read The Einstein Factor when I was 16. At that time I was not
quite good in English, but I read this book over and over until I fully
grasped the content. I was astonished. This was exactly the kind of
knowledge I needed. There was a résumé about the Photoreading method.
It hooked me enough to order "Photoreading" by Paul R. Scheele.
The number of books I was willing to read was increasing dramatically.
Although I was spending more time reading than ever before, that was
not enough. I gave a try to the Photoreading system. The first dozen
were books I picked up randomly at the library. The results were good
but not as outstanding as I was expecting, but I kept practicing. A
few months later I was explaining the techniques to my grandmother,
and she challenged me. She gave me a book and asked me how much time I
would need. I said give me 30 minutes and you will have a one-page
résumé written down on paper.
I spent about 5 minutes photoreading, then I stopped and let it incubate
for about 2-3 hours (they suggest to sleep on it, but I didn't have time
to wait until the next day). I sat back in front of the book with a pen
and a paper and activated it for 20 minutes while writing the résumé. I
gave her a speech about the book with my résumé, and then she was
I still photoread and enjoy the process. It's a real pleasure to activate
a book - it's the hardest part but the most rewarding for me. You let
your intuition guide you. I can read more books in less time. The benefits
of Photoreading are more than just reading faster, coupled with Image-
Streaming. They support each other. Give it a serious try and I think
you won't be disappointed.
- Gabriel Grenier ( mailto:email@example.com )
oddynius333 ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
Photoreading is astounding! I was a skeptic also in 2004, when I had to
take a comprehensive certification exam for graduate psychology. I had
to review materials that I had not looked at since the 1970s, although
I am a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years.
I felt I would fail the test, so I took Paul Scheele's Photoreading
course. I passed the test with flying colors in September 2004!! I have
expanded my reading in many subjects since then, as I used to not like
reading. Now I read and photoread voraciously.
How Image-Streaming fits in - I photoread the Einstein Factor in 2005,
just for kicks. I realized, after I incubated it, that this book was no
ordinary book. I read it over and over again, and now I Image-Stream
constantly after I photoread books, from what I learned from Win Wenger's
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How many teachers and former teachers are here in this group? How many
of those present would be willing to teach with some of the Project
Renaissance methods, especially our modern Socratic Method forms,
including "Dynamic Format"-focused buzz-grouping and partnered
cooperative activities - see www.winwenger.com/dynform.htm ,
www.winwenger.com/mutual.htm and www.winwenger.com/socmeth1.htm - and
measure the results and report them? ( www.winwenger.com/validate.htm )
Is there anyone here interested in starting a school with our help?
(Maybe a charter school, except in most states the people who get to
pass on whether such a school can be accepted are the same people whose
decisions have ruined the existing school system.) It's one thing to
complain about how schools are failing, another to demonstrate live a
working alternative. Don't think the existing schools can't get worse
than they are - they are nearing abject collapse. Working alternatives
need to be up and running and visible before that collapse happens, so
people will know what to jump to instead of panicking and making matters
worse. It's time NOW to get one or more of those working alternatives up,
running and visible. Front channel or back channel, please write me now.
Montgomery County in Maryland has just killed its one alternative school,
a wilderness-based school which had done beautiful work here for more
than a decade, including with one of my own daughters. The same system
has also just killed its most outstanding after-school educational
project, Hands-On Science, which had done absolutely brilliant work
with younger children over the past twenty years. Our schools here are
leading us deeper into the abyssmal Dark Ages. How are they where you
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