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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger          September 2007






*  Quote of the Month

*  Announcements, Books, News Items 

*  Events, Workshops


       A Really Big Problem to Solve, by James Blodgett

*  Comments, Feedback

       Win Wenger on the CERN collider experiment

       Win Wenger on desalination projects

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






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.]











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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:



*  END WRITER'S BLOCK FOREVER! by Mark Bossert, Win Wenger

*  DYNAMIC TEACHING by Harman Benda and Win Wenger


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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

- and - or

perhaps EFT tapping, should solve or prevent that difficulty.






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.






Putting feelings into words makes sadness and anger less intense, U.S.

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 ( ) 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 ( ) 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.






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." — New England Journal of Medicine (2003)




ARE WE FAILING OUR GENIUSES?,9171,1653653-1,00.html


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 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 


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

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!)


Cleveland Park Club House

3433 33rd Place, NW

Washington, DC 20008


Presented by:

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 McLean, VA

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: - Phone: 703-760-9009

The Center for Creative Emergence




February 1-3, 2008 - Invention-on-Demand Training Workshop

with Win Wenger and Chuck Roman, in Gaithersburg, MD.




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








Feature Article:



                      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 Europe. Physicists are excited about the new

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 [3]. 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 [1], 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

    second. [4]


2)  Black holes are supposed, in [2], 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. [7]


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. [8]


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 .


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.





[1] W. Busza, R.L. Jaffe, J. Sandweiss, and F. Wilczek; "Review of

    Speculative ‘Disaster Scenarios'" Brookhaven, 2000


[2] 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


[3] Elizabeth Kolbert, "Annals of Science: Crash Course," The New

    Yorker, May 14, 2007


[4] Many recent papers predict black hole production at colliders,

    including even [2] 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).


[5] Adam D. Helfer, "Do black holes radiate?" Reports on Progress in

    Physics. Vol. 66 No. 6 (2003) pp. 943-1008.


[6] William G. Unruh and Ralf Schützhold, "On the Universality of the

    Hawking Effect," Physics Review D 71(2005) 024028.


[7] G. X. Peng, X. J. Wen, Y. D. Chen, New solutions for the color-

    favor locked strangelets. Physics Letters B 633 (2006) 314-318.


[8] See




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Win Wenger ( ) writes:


We got lucky, very lucky, once. 


A raging dispute among scientists, as the test drew near, belied the

quiet of the New Mexico sands.  A minority faction had calculations and

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 ( )




Win Wenger ( ) writes:


The longer the weather anomaly lasts next year, the worse that drought

conditions will be throughout the southern U.S. as La Niña lingers:


If you live in the southern U.S., best make your adaptations now. The

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

de-salting water.  Tampa Bay's solution, to build a major ocean-water

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. Arabia gets a hurricane every now and

then, also.


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

you are.



And most or all of those 3100+ fatalities in Bangladesh would be alive

today had what I proposed in September 2001 been implemented. (See .) 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 ), 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 Tampa Bay, which provides us several levels

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 Covanta Tampa Bay, now bankrupt, took in failing

   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

Atlantic and Gulf seaboards.


Despite the above problems, the desalting plant in Tampa Bay has, at

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

story are:


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 U.S., such plants ARE a viable solution for many

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 ( )






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or English. Please contact him if you are already knowledgeable in

this technique and in the Venice area.





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