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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger September 2007
IN THIS ISSUE:
* Quote of the Month
* Announcements, Books, News Items
* Events, Workshops
* FEATURE ARTICLE:
* Comments, Feedback
Win Wenger on the CERN collider experiment
Win Wenger on desalination projects
* Organizational Notes
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by
what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their
— Plato, The Republic, VII [circa 370 B.C.]
ANNOUNCEMENTS, BOOKS, NEWS ITEMS
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PROJECT RENAISSANCE'S NEW COREBOOKS
A series of compact handbooks of Win Wenger's key techniques. The first
four 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
* DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger
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SMART PEOPLE CHOKE UNDER PRESSURE
People perceived as the most likely to succeed might also be the most
likely to crumble under pressure. A new study finds that individuals
with high working-memory capacity, which normally allows them to excel,
crack under pressure and do worse on simple exams than when allowed to
work with no constraints. Those with less capacity score low, too, but
they tend not to be affected by pressure.
Win Wenger comments:
Obvious common sense - those with high working-memory capacity who let
themselves be distracted by pressure have not only that pressure to
contend with but the unaccustomed unavailability of that high working
memory, which is absorbed by concerns about that pressure and its
distraction. Double-stress. A little work with Calm-Breathing Patterns
- www.winwenger.com/part28.htm and www.winwenger.com/part29.htm - or
perhaps EFT tapping, should solve or prevent that difficulty.
HONEYBEES ARE LEADERLESS, NOT CONTROLLED BY A BREEDING QUEEN
Contrary to the popular conception of a colony controlled by instructions
from its breeding queen mother, the research shows a picture of the queen
as a passive egg layer whose own behavior is programmed, with changes
dictated by signals delivered by older workers. Critical strategic
choices, such as the assessment that it is time to divide the colony and
swarm, appear to be decided by the dynamics of the group itself. Social
interactions, environmental pressures or group dynamics in some still-
unknown way initiate a string of behaviors that effectively manage the
complex group activities.
GIVING VOICE TO FEELINGS EASES EMOTIONAL LOAD
Putting feelings into words makes sadness and anger less
brain researchers said in a finding that explains why talking to a
therapist - or even a sympathetic bartender - often makes people feel
better. ... they found that when people attached a word like angry to
an angry-looking face, the response in the amygdala portion of the brain
that handles fear, panic and other strong emotions decreased.
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) comments:
I think you might find this particular offshoot of our Principle of
Description quite interesting, a further justification of key portions
of our work. Enjoy.
Kate Jones ( mailto:email@example.com ) adds:
Indeed. And the reason it works this way is that the demand to launch
the naming faculty will trigger the higher conceptual and abstract
thought process. The amygdala's job is the first response to stimuli,
the primitive survival diagnostic. Once it passes its memo up to the
higher authority to handle, it can relax again.
DEADLY POISONS FROM THE DEEP
Around the world, fish are accumulating toxic mercury in their flesh
as a result of industrial pollution. Fish absorb and ingest mercury
and store it in their tissues. If you eat fish, your body will absorb
mercury from the fish’s flesh, and the accumulation of this toxin can
lead to serious health problems. "It is worth noting that consumption
of fish and other sea animals is the sole source of human exposure to
methyl mercury." —
ARE WE FAILING OUR GENIUSES?
Win Wenger comments:
Best article in years on special educational needs of gifted children
- I think that many here have reason to find this interesting.
GIFTED EDUCATION PRESS QUARTERLY
Gifted Education Press is offering a complimentary copy of their
Fall 2007 Online Quarterly issue.
To read and print the current and previous issues of Gifted Education
Press Quarterly, please do the following:
1. Go to www.giftededpress.com
2. The Home Page will show their name and address, etc., farther down a
tree, and several choice buttons.
3. Scroll all the way down to the next to last cell in the first column
- "Click Here to Enter Your Special Access Codes" - and click it.
4. Type in the following User Name in small letters - gepq
5. Type in the following Password in small letters - gep621 - click OK.
Keep your User Name and Password for future access to the GEPQ Web page.
All future issues will be available on this Web page at the beginning of
September, December, March, June. Happy reading!
Publisher, Maurice Fisher, Ph.D.
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.
THE FIREBIRD: Creativity, Danger and Transformation
An evening of Story and Song
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
7:00PM-? (however long you stay!)
Seth Kahn, change leadership specialist and master storyteller
and Laura Baron, award-winning singer/songwriter
Join us for wine, food and fun...and bring your business cards!
$20 at the door - $15 with a dish to share
Please RSVP to Michelle James,
Capitol Creativity Network
January 4 - February 22, 2008
A Professional and Personal Development Program
Led by Michelle James, CEO of The Center for Creative Emergence
A One-of-a-Kind Program - Practical, tangible outcomes and offerings
will emerge from the inside-out over the course of 7 weeks.
4 Fridays over 7 weeks - 9:00am to 5:00pm - in
January 4, January 18, February 8 and February 22
If you have to miss a day you will get an individual make-up session.
$1200 for independent consultants/self employed/entrepreneurs.
$1500 organizational rate. Early Bird Rate: $100 off if paid in full
by December 24. This program is limited to only 6 people and fills up
each time - $100 non-refundable deposit reserves your space.
Credit cards accepted. Payment plans also available - call 703-760-9009.
For complete details and registration, go to
Email: mailto:email@example.com - Phone: 703-760-9009
The Center for Creative Emergence
February 1-3, 2008 - Invention-on-Demand Training Workshop
with Win Wenger and Chuck Roman,
May 23-29, 2008 - Annual Double Festival - Mark your calendar now!
16th Annual Conference on Creative Problem-Solving Methods
and Enhanced/Accelerated Learning Techniques
and Spring Workshops of Project Renaissance
A REALLY BIG PROBLEM TO SOLVE
by James Blodgett
Win Wenger has a worthy ambition. He wants his problem-solving methods
to be used for large problems. Risks that may extinguish our species
qualify as large problems. A few of those risks exist right now. One is
particularly acute, as it is due to operate next year.
A massive physics experiment is planned to start in 2008. A new particle
collider more powerful than any yet seen will commence operation at the
CERN research facility in
particles it is expected to create. Two of the particles it might create
could be dangerous, so dangerous that they could destroy the entire
The probability of this danger is controversial. Physicists have posted
two papers listing multiple safety factors [see References 1 and 2 below].
CERN's Chief Scientific Officer, Jos Engelen, was quoted as instructing
CERN scientists to say that the risk is zero . However, recently
published physics papers put many of the safety factors in question.
With luck some of the safety factors will work despite these questions,
but it is clear that the risk is not zero.
I will limit the science to a single paragraph. The two potentially
dangerous particles are black holes and strangelets. A black hole could
swallow the Earth. A strangelet, in which quarks are arranged differently
than they are in normal matter, could catalyze conversion of normal matter
into more strangelets, turning the Earth into a small ball of strangelets.
The safety factors are as follows:
1) Black holes creation is said, in , to require energy beyond the
reach of any collider. But new string theory has led to the prediction,
if that theory is true, that colliders will create a black hole every
2) Black holes are supposed, in , to evaporate in a puff of Hawking
radiation. However, two good new papers question whether Hawking
radiation, which has never been seen, really works as expected. [5,6]
3) A collection of strangelets is supposed to be electrically positive
on its surface, and therefore not attract normal matter. However, a
recent paper says that a collection of strangelets can be electrically
negative on its surface. 
4) An analogy between colliders and cosmic rays is supposed to demonstrate
safety. If colliders can create black holes or strangelets, cosmic rays
should be able to do so also. Cosmic rays have been around for billions
of years and have not killed us, therefore colliders should be safe.
Unfortunately the analogy is not precise. Cosmic ray collisions differ
from collider collisions in important ways. It is possible to construct
a model in which colliders are dangerous and cosmic rays are not. 
The real problem is that few people care very much. They are confused by
the difference between personal risk and risk to our species. People accept
small personal risks every time they drive a car. Risks to our species
should be taken more seriously than personal risks. Sometimes we know this.
We spend billions to avoid risks we have learned to fear. Sometimes we do
not know this. It is easy to ignore risks that with luck will not happen.
We want to believe what some scientists say, that nothing can possibly go
What can readers do? Part of the problem is that the problem has a low
profile. It is not yet on the public agenda. Discussing the problem in
public forums can help. Be prepared for physicists to disagree. Most are
not aware of the dissolution of safety factors. Also Dr. Walter Wagner,
the physicist who first raised the problem in his letter to Scientific
American in 1999, plans a lawsuit to require a risk assessment and is
requesting donations. See his website at www.LHCdefense.org .
How do we discuss this problem? How do we check it out? Should we be
concerned? How do we get others to be concerned? How do we solve the
problem? Let us apply Dr. Wenger’s methods, and see if they help.
 W. Busza, R.L. Jaffe, J. Sandweiss, and F. Wilczek; "Review of
Speculative ‘Disaster Scenarios'" Brookhaven, 2000
 J.-P. Blaizot, J. Iliopoulos, J. Madsen, G.G. Ross, P. Sonderegger,
and H.-J. Specht, "Study Of Potentially Dangerous Events During
Heavy-Ion Collisions At The LHC: Report Of The LHC Safety Study
Group" CERN, 2003
 Elizabeth Kolbert, "Annals of Science: Crash Course," The New
Yorker, May 14, 2007
 Many recent papers predict black hole production at colliders,
including even  above. The following two papers predict one per
second: [a] Steven Giddings and Scott Thomas, "High energy colliders
as black hole factories: the end of short-distance physics," Physical
Review D 65(5) (2002) 056010. [b] Savas Dimopoulos and Greg Landsberg,
"Black holes at the Large Hadron Collider," Physical Review Letters,
87(16) 161602, (2001).
 Adam D. Helfer, "Do black holes radiate?" Reports on Progress in
Physics. Vol. 66 No. 6 (2003) pp. 943-1008.
 William G. Unruh and Ralf Schützhold, "On the Universality of the
Hawking Effect," Physics Review D 71(2005) 024028.
 G. X. Peng, X. J. Wen, Y. D. Chen, New solutions for the color-
favor locked strangelets. Physics Letters B 633 (2006) 314-318.
 See www.risk-evaluation-forum.org.
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COMMENTS and FEEDBACK
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
We got lucky, very lucky, once.
A raging dispute among scientists, as the test drew near, belied the
quiet of the
theory to suggest that the pending A-bomb test would ignite the whole
atmosphere and incinerate the whole Earth. Their opinion was brushed
aside on the grounds that we had to have the Bomb before Hitler
developed it. Fortunately, in that instance the majority was correct.
What is bothersome is that so many of the scientists regarded the chance
that the others could be right, and that the entire Earth could be
incinerated by what they were about to do, as an "acceptable risk."
This time there is no imperative to beat Hitler! Yet again we have a
majority of scientists pushing ahead with an experiment which might
obliterate the entire Earth and us with it, as an "acceptable risk."
Come next spring or summer, if the majority theory is correct, we will
know it because we'll still be around. If it is not, everything will go
in a split second and we will never have time to know it.
I'm the last one to want to slow the progress of science, but in the
instance of CERN we, the public and the various governments involved,
should require a comprehensive review before allowing the experiment
to go ahead. But the public doesn't even know about it, and as for
the governments involved, the billions already spent on setting up
CERN are their own economic and political imperative.
I am open to suggestions and problem-solving ideas as to how we might
usefully change this situation. I note that we don't have much time
if a winning solution IS found. Please respond quickly.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com?subject=Collider )
Win Wenger ( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ) writes:
The longer the weather anomaly lasts next year, the worse that drought
conditions will be throughout
If you live in the southern
climate people are predicting yet another year of heat and drought for
You should know that prices are way down on the advancing technology for
desalination plant as part of the municipal water supply, could readily
be adopted by cities all the way up and down the Eastern Seaboard if
people only knew about it. You should pass the word if you want to have
conditions remain convenient or even livable where you are. The long-
term climate people are not optimistic about normal rainfall ever being
restored in your part of the country - maybe a hurricane every now and
then, but not much in-between.
If each major seaboard city south of DC were to start building
desalination plants now, this would stretch out water supplies for a
very long time, allowing time for further adaptations to prevent the
region from becoming yet another of Earth's many spreading deserts.
So you just might want to put a bee in someone's bonnet today, where
And most or all of those 3100+ fatalities in
today had what I proposed in September 2001 been implemented. (See
www.winwenger.com/part53.htm .) However, my hat is off to the emergency
and planning services there for the tens of thousands of lives they
have saved this time - they've done a truly heroic and praiseworthy
job. A similar cyclone a few years back, same strength and placement,
cost more than 100,000 lives there. So some progress HAS been made!
In these and many other regards, including the climate contingencies
conferences we've been discussing here and our proposed system to boost
world protein production with something like our invention for oceanic
fish farming (see www.winwenger.com/part59.htm ), some issues are
overwhelmingly obvious and need to be taken seriously. Go on as we have
been, and we will continue to get the kind of results we have been.
Please see these timely articles in the Project Renaissance website:
PostNote: We've gathered further information on the state of the
Water desalting plant in
of object lesson.
The plant has operated below capacity since it was built, for a number
of reasons but not, apparently, any fault of the technology. The
following problems were encountered:
1) Legal and environmental, over concerns that the extra-salty brine
left over from the desalting would negatively impact the bay.
A pipeline out to sea and a readier dispersal point would have fixed
this problem. Some cities up and down the seaboard would have faced
similar problems and others not, depending upon the configuration of
coastline and sea currents. The whole endeavor could be made more
economical by inventing commercial uses for that extra salty brine.
Perhaps we will give that some attention in our Invention-On-Demand
training workshop during the February 1-3, 2008, weekend -
2) Cost-cutting measures during construction, which substituted
materials that were susceptible to salt-water corrosion.
This "penny-Wise and pound-foolish" approach has led to expensive
breakdowns and more-expensive replacements. Every municipality wants
to save money, and inappropriate cost-"savings" is an impulse that has
to be carefully watched in other cities up and down the seaboard which
undertake a water-desalting plant.
3) The short-cuts
to screen out the organisms and other particles which clogged the
intake system before the water is desalinated.
This also led to expensive breakdowns and replacements of parts. This
form of cost-"saving" also has to be carefully watched and guarded
against if other water-desalting plants are to be built along the
Despite the above problems, the desalting plant in
times, operated near capacity and reportedly is now being brought up
to full speed. The plant is expected to reach full capacity in its
operations during 2008. Two articles which can tell you much of the
From the beginning:
Mainly on the problems:
In summary: The technology is sound and HAS gotten surprisingly less
expensive. In the teeth of the deepening drought across what is becoming
the desert Southeastern
of our great cities and should be looked into. However, much greater care
should be taken in the selection and supervision of contractors, and in
the selection and supervision of operators. Also, such municipalities
should watch closely their own propensity for seeking false economies.
Unless a better technology comes along for water desalting, there isn't
GOING to be a solution to the long-term water woes of the region. There
may be some relief 2-3 years from now when El Nino turns to La Nina
again, and from an occasional passing hurricane, but long-term water
conditions in the region are expected to get even much worse than they
are now. If you live in the region, you need to contact the appropriate
authorities and strongly encourage them to take a long close look at
all sides of the water-desalting issue.
- Win Wenger ( mailto:email@example.com?subject=Desalination )
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