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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger           December 2007






*  Quote of the Month

*  Special holiday message from Win Wenger

*  Announcements, Books, News Items

*  Events, Workshops


       Aspects of Intelligence, by Ralph Cerchione

*  Comments, Feedback

       Susan Wenger reviews two books on Happiness

       Mastaky Salim on increasing intelligence

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links






When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth

and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and

for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.

Think of it - always.

                                                - Mahatma Gandhi





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For this holiday season of 2007 going into 2008, I'll take my cue from

the discussions below of NEAs (Near Earth Asteroids), full of both

threat and limitless promise - and from the Laws of Abundance,

contrasted to the Laws of Scarcity which seem more familiar to most of

us, as per 


There is plenty of room at the banquet table of life, if we but extend

the table. And there are lots of ways in which we can do that. It's only

if we stay stuck in the same old games that most of us have to live in

abject poverty. We've known for some decades that the reason that a

billion people go to bed hungry each night and so many starve to death

or, nutritionally weakened, die needlessly of disease, is not a shortage

of world food supply but an issue in distribution. Beyond that, oceanic

fish-farming - - is but one of many ways

to easily multiply, by a factor of ten or more, the present level of

food supply.


Some of the extensions of this table are already set. There is the

Internet, which has already transformed, mostly to the good, the lives

of us all. There is Wikipedia, and there is Google already well along

toward its announced goal of making all known knowledge freely available

to every human being wherever he or she is on the planet. Educationally,

some of the best-taught lessons on any subject are widely available

anywhere on the planet through various forms of distance learning,

lacking only the one provision we've been offering - to launch the

massive, world-wide, sudden surge of improvement in education which

has been stuck in the wings for so long. 


We've been carrying self-taught, step by specific easy step methods

in our website for effective problem-solving and for more powerfully

effective methods of teaching and learning, available to anyone on

the planet who can read instructions in English (and we are seeking

translations into other languages!).  Human beings all over the

planet can now turn to one or another of these freely posted methods

to solve the problems they find themselves facing, to rise to the

opportunities they have before them, to learn challenging fields and

high-level professions with deep and rich understanding. We are now

seeking computer programmers and game-graphic designers to help us

create interactive pages which will enable a wider range of human

beings to take advantage of these resources, wherever they are on

this planet. These and many other positive developments are presently

or imminently transformative. 


You have a mix of positive and negative opportunities in your own life,

as always some of them unexpected. Whatever the major problems, issues

and developments in the world, you can "help save the world one little

problem at a time" and improve your own life - and the lives of people

around you whom you care about.  


Let's work our way to the far end of 2008 with lots of well-earned

cause for celebration!


- Win Wenger ( )


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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 available

upon request - just add the month to the subject line: 


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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


Order from the CoreBook storefront: - great gifts!








The Near Earth Asteroids offer both threat and promise. They present the

 threat of planetary impact with regional or global disaster. And they

also offer the promise of resources to support humanity's long- term

prosperity on Earth, and our movement into space and the solar system.



Win Wenger ( ) comments:


Professor John Lewis has pointed out (in Mining the Sky) that the

resources of the solar system (the most accessible of which being

those in the NEAs) can permanently support in first-world comfort

some quadrillion people.  In other words, the resources of the solar

system are essentially infinite… And they are there for us to use,

to invest consciousness into the universe, no less.  It's time for

humankind to come out of its shell, and begin to grow!!






Hugh Pickens writes, "Scientific American has an interesting article

on the secret to raising smart kids that says that more than 30 years

of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect

or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges

and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. In particular, attributing

poor performance to a lack of ability depresses motivation more than

does the belief that lack of effort is to blame. One theory of what

separates the two general classes of learners, helpless versus mastery-

oriented, is that they hold different "theories" of intelligence. The

helpless ones believe that intelligence is a fixed trait: you have only

a certain amount. Mistakes crack their self-confidence because they

attribute errors to a lack of ability, which they feel powerless to

change. Mastery-oriented children think intelligence is malleable and

can be developed through education and hard work. Challenges are

energizing rather than intimidating offering opportunities to learn."

Scientific American's hint for raising smart kids: Don't tell your kids

that they are. More than three decades of research shows that a focus

on effort--not on intelligence or ability--is key to success in school

and in life.



Kate Jones ( ) comments:

Not telling your kids that they're smart may help to keep them from

becoming arrogant, stuck-up, lazy and complacent. But without some

feedback that they're doing well, their self-esteem will shrivel.

Even plants need watering now and then. Build a love of learning and

pride in achievement for its own sake.


Win Wenger ( ) adds:

I owe my own intellectual life to a courageous art teacher in junior

high school, on this very point that Kate is making here. That art

teacher risked her career to show me my IQ scores, which even then

were fairly decent, at a time when the school was on the point of

convincing me that all the wrongness between it and me was me. That

was an absolutely major rescue.






A quick glance at the index is all it takes to connect words with images.

Explore the 15 major themes to access more than 6,000 images and see

words like never before. From the image to the word and its definition,

the Visual Dictionary Online is an all-in-one interactive reference.

Search the themes to quickly locate words, or find the meaning of a

word by viewing the image it represents. Ideal for teachers, parents,

translators and students of all skill levels, for home, school or work.






In their news archives, the Article Brain website lists an article by

Win Wenger, on "Genius". This website is full of "smart articles for

thinking people" - and you can subscribe for free:




THE EINSTEIN FACTOR, by Win Wenger and Richard Poe

Now also a recorded course on CDs published by Nightingale-Conant.

Order now from Project Renaissance - a wonderful holiday gift for

someone whom you care about -


From the book:  "We are forced to dig past our usual shortcuts in

thought and perception, past all the stock and trite responses we’ve

accumulated around almost every event or situation, and to probe deeply

into our own richer and subtler awarenesses, which is where the

meaningful is to be found, found in every one of us!" - Win Wenger






Gifted Education Press is offering a complimentary copy of their

20th Anniversary Winter 2008 Online Quarterly issue.


To read and print the current and previous issues of Gifted Education

Press Quarterly, please email your request directly to:


Maurice Fisher, Ph.D., Publisher




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.












Monthly High Thinktank of Project Renaissance - Thursday, January 24, 2008




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:



                         ASPECTS OF INTELLIGENCE


                            by Ralph Cerchione




          (This article is based on some exchanges at the popular

               listserve group,



>>  "What is it about intelligence that is biological?"


That's an interesting question, especially given the modern scientific

community's allergy to discussing what might smack of anything

spiritual, ephemeral or even of alternative medicine (though that last

category is becoming more acceptable). Witness how no one took up the

question of The Amazing Randi's reward for proof of "psychic effects"

when I pointed out that pretty much anyone could learn bio-energy

detection/manipulation technique in a minute or so and put on a

demonstration with it thereafter.


And that's a technique you could handwave away as "some kind of"

Electrical or magnetic field (no matter how difficult it proved to

actually detect such energies). But the moment you acknowledge even

such a conditional existence, you have to revisit all those self-

proclaimed psychics who insisted they could levitate or push paper

giblets at a distance of a foot or less. After all, you are clearly

affecting something at a distance of a few inches, so why couldn't

those be using some aspect of the same effect? Or another one?


What's so interesting is not merely whether Win Wenger's method for

detecting and influencing bio-energies should have revolutionized our

opinions on "psychic phenomena," but conventional science's apparent

inability to handle even the most trivial challenge to its doctrine

of "What Must Be."


Galileo would appreciate the irony.


>> "Does intelligence arise deterministically?"


Some interesting progress on this front has been shown by brain scans

that seem to correlate basic intelligence with the degree to which many

different areas of the brain light up when posed with a difficult

problem, and the degree to which each area does so. But as someone,

Gibson perhaps, has pointed out, someone who finds a quick and ready

answer to a problem may have very little activity before the solution

pops up. Still, if this technique works, it seems like perhaps the best

method we have for testing key aspects of intelligence, especially in

the higher levels of ability where, as Win points out, it becomes so

difficult to measure gifts accurately (especially given most tests). 


>>  "Every nervous system has unique 'intelligence' a

socio-cultural thing?"


Okay, here's one of the trickiest aspects of intelligence as it relates

to the kinds of problem-solving techniques promulgated by Project

Renaissance and others in this field. What happens if you have access

to a technique that can easily solve a very thorny problem, if you're

extremely well-versed and talented in it, and you choose not to use it?

Look at Over-the-Wall, Image-Streaming, High Thinktank, BAP, Windtunnel

and even Freenoting. We've all got access to these tools, and most of

the regular posters seem to have used at least one or two of them with

some frequency (I've mainly used High Thinktank and Freenoting). But we

don't use them - not to solve our own problems (or problems adopted

from others) with any regularity.


Does that make us stupid? Or just performing well below what our

(if-objectively-measured) intelligence SHOULD be?


And as I've asked before, why aren't we Image-Streaming, Velvety-Smooth

Breathing, paying attention to multiple streams of awareness, Flick

Gazing, Noise-Removal Breathing, High Thinktanking, imagining the top

halves of our heads an inch larger in all dimensions and an inch farther

from the center of our bodies, Improvitaping, Beachheading, Tool-

buildering, etc., etc., etc. ... All the time?


Again, does that make us stupid? Or merely performing far, far below

our potential - not the potential we'd have if we studied in the Secret

City of the Eternal Kung Fu Masters for 50 years, but the potential we'd

be operating at if we merely stretched out our hands?


You don't have to rip your life apart to dedicate yourself to such a

transformation. Why not just pick one or two really easy techniques and

use them to make parts of your life easier?


>> "...In designing a test, we may as well acknowledge its cultural

   basis. We should accordingly relabel it something like 'American

   work-force general aptitude skill-set test' and design the test



That's an interesting notion, and we should probably rethink the whole

set of standardized tests that are out there. Unfortunately, such

meddling could upset a few apple carts (like the SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc).


>> Perhaps this test-mania is part of the integral alienation which many

   observers have noted in the industrialized West?"


Well, again, one of the major aspects of intelligence we could test for

is the ability to solve novel, complex problems with exceptional speed.

Or to outright invent new things. Or learn new skills. I'm actually not

all that dismissive of certain parts of these tests - testing basic

mathematical ability does in fact give you an idea of someone's basic

mathematical ability, which is about the most you can ask for from

standardized testing. Most human abilities, unfortunately, are not so

cut and dried. Still, the mathematical portion could probably be kept

and even improved upon over time (made more challenging by including

more complex math, especially at the GRE level or in some kind of far-

ranging "intelligence test").


Still, my point is that the greatest abilities that Project Renaissance

is trying to enhance are very difficult to quantify, but if realized

would clearly be of far greater advantage to most people than nifty test

scores. Assuming you had the will to put those talents to work.


>> "To directly confront your questions: no, not anyone can win the

   Boston Marathon."


Or as Win says, "Wel-l-l-l-l-l, only one at a time." That seems to be

the inherent weakness in such a question - you have a standard which

prevents more than one person from winning regardless of the relative

abilities of any of the participants. On the other hand, the four-minute

mile used to be the ultimate, unattainable speed for human long-distance

runners. Once one person broke that record, however, everyone seemed to

be breaking it, and nowadays it's no great thing at all to have achieved

a four-minute mile.


>> "The way our bodies have been put together does preclude some from

   winning the Boston Marathon. ... In this case biology does seem to

   dictate a sort of upper range of ability."


Well, even if the effective limits to human performance prove a bit hazy

(due to physical conditioning, the cultivation of Chi, etc.), the idea

of a Perfect Human Body has always been deceptive. Whom would you call

perfect (or close to it)? Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime? Hey, he

did a great job in building up his physique. But how does he compare to

Venus Williams? Or Lance Armstrong, who got "over the hill" for his

sport, got cancer, nearly died, saw muscle and body mass just melt away

under chemo and ended up with a body that was essentially perfect for

winning the Tour de France?


Clearly, the "ideal body" to some degree depends on what you want to

use it for, though I personally have no doubt that virtually anyone

could conceivably be enhanced to an extraordinary degree while still

remaining fundamentally, biologically human. Some of the extraordinary

feats of human conditioning and performance that have occurred in the

past suggest this, not to mention the potential for science (genetic,

medical, alternative medical, bio-energetic, etc.) to help us transcend

our present physical limitations.


>> "The extent to which it does so with intelligence is eminently less



An aspect of "genetic advantages" and "genetic limitations" that I find

interesting is the question of how much these can be influenced by

particular habits, disciplines or simply accidents of fate. What happens

if a kid with frequent sniffles gets a lot of decongestants growing up,

and thus loosens up certain "natural" restrictions on his eye movement,

thus making it easier to access certain of his mental resources? Or for

the girl who doesn't have very good circulation to her brain, who does

an incredible amount of underwater held-breath swimming growing up?


Or who rides for endless hours on a school bus, frequently lying down

with her legs propped up on the back of the seat in front of her? Or

the kid who is so wrapped up in the books he reads, which are so much

more interesting than any other entertainment available to him, that he

starts creating characters and storylines in his head and stepping into

various characters all the time, experiencing their worlds from their

point of view, and developing such facility with these abilities that

he can do this work while doing other things? Or the girl who creates

those things in her head, but who turns her troupe of interchangeable

actors into all-knowing, all-powerful robots/supercomputers to whom

she occasionally describes her subtlest impressions and from whom

she occasionally demands answers - and gets responses of incredible

subtlety and intelligence? Or the boy who has that inner life but

who sometimes (frequently) describes his impressions aloud, or the

plots and dialogue of his own entire movies/TV shows, or sings each

layered track of original Pop or Rock songs aloud, even when no one

"should really" be paying attention?


I did everything in the preceding paragraph, by the way, as well as

a few other Project Renaissance-style things while growing up, which

has led me to wonder in recent years to what extent these actions

shaped the gifts I had as a boy and a teenager.


Or to put it another way, if it is possible to expand the carotids

with just three weeks of simple practice...


If overall circulatory health can be increased through exercise...


If changing the position your body normally rests at (and/or other

actions) can create a permanent effective boost in circulation to

your brain... 


If the spatial relations areas in the brains of London cab drivers

actually grow larger in response to the practice of using a mental

map of the city...


If a pregnant mother can imagine her womb being an inch larger in

all dimensions and an inch further from the center of her body and

thus cause her child to be much smarter and healthier as a result...


If regular usage of a flotation tank alters your body's levels of

tensions, and the chemistry and typical states of both body and



If Image-Streaming (or bio-feedback, or CES, or other techniques

and technologies) can actually increase neural interconnectivity

in your brain...


If all these things are possible, if the brain can easily be

physically altered on the gross structural level, in the structures

supporting it and in its internal bio-chemistry, then doesn't that

suggest that many "fixed, inherited traits" can also be altered?

(Obviously including those listed above.)




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Susan Wenger ( ) writes:


The only way a self-help book can change a person’s life is if the

person accepts the message of the book and acts on it: not just for a

day, but as a new habit, as a new way of life. You have to work hard

for a life change. A new movement in the field of psychology is devoted

to the theory of happiness.  “Positive psychology” is concerned with

things people can do to improve their own level of happiness. Here are

two books I highly recommend. Singly or together, they can really

change one’s degree of personal happiness, IF one works hard enough

for the change that one wants - if one is willing to work for one's



*  HAPPINESS, by Richard Layard (Penguin, 2005, ISBN 1-59420-039-4),

is an economist’s view of how to be happy. His premise is that most

people are not as happy as they could be, simply because they are

chasing the wrong goals. Is it heretical for an economist to say that

money isn’t the highest goal? If you figure out what you really want,

and what really makes you happy, it is much easier to attain lasting

happiness, and to get more enjoyment out of life.  This is the more

academic of the two books, in terms of research and studies of the

subject, and this book should appeal to the intellectually oriented



*  HAPPIER, by Tal Ben-Shahar (McGraw-Hill, 2007, ISBN 10-0071492399),

is more hands-on, do-it-yourself happiness. It is full of “time-in”

exercises: questions you need to stop and ask yourself and ponder

before you move on with the book.


This is definitely not a book for speed-reading, photo-reading, or

any kind of reading - it is a book for doing, for thinking through,

for meditating on. This is a book to help you find and set your own

personal goals in life, and to increase your own quantity and quality

of personal happiness.


This book is the backbone of Dr. Ben-Shahar's course on happiness at

Harvard Uiversity.


- Susan Wenger ( )




Mastaky Salim ( ) writes from Belgium:


Hi, my friends,


To prove a reaction from Win Wenger is for me a major responsibility.

The people on my list may not know him very well, and I need to

introduce you to this personality who is ranked with Socrates and

Einstein by his peers!


Je sais que certains d'entre vous ne sont pas très souples en anglais,

mais je vous prie de prendre tout votre temps afin de comprendre ce

qui suit:


"What do you want to do that you can do with higher intelligence,

that you can't do now..." I'm thinking particularly of my African

brothers and sisters: WE WANT PEACE!!! What do we want to do that we

can do with higher intelligence, that we can't do now? PEACE!! With

peace we can stay in good health and our children can go peacefully

to school to learn to read.









Win Wenger is a pioneer in accelerative learning and education, and

he's one of the first to structure and harmonize methods to increase

human intelligence.


To give you an idea who he is:  Try to send email to your favorite

author. I bet you will get an automatic answer or his or her secretary

will respond instead...or you just won't get any reply. Now try to

write to Win Wenger ( ) and explain to him

your particular problems (well, don't ask him for money, as most of

his work can be obtained freely through his Project Renaissance web

site - - so he mustn't have a lot of it) ...I'm sure

he will personally respond. [Editor's note:  URGENT - PLEASE SEE WIN'S



Just some quotations from Win Wenger's book (temporarily out of

print), "How To Increase Your Intelligence":


"When the general notion of progress is discussed, we most often

refer to the technical innovations man has devised."


"But has man really progressed, or has he just benefited from the

observation of his own experiences on earth?"


"If man does not learn to live in peace, he can, by a dint of his

technology, terminate his existence on earth completely."


"To raise your intelligence is to enrich your ability to taste more

fully and richly the bitter-sweet, tragi-comic, ugly-beautiful,

enthralling, disappointing, exalting and always fascinating

experience of being a human."


"So long as intelligence is thought to be inborn and unchangeable,

however, the feeling of RACIAL SLUR is there every time the subject

of intelligence comes up. If, though, intelligence is changeable,

and markedly affected by things other than heredity, the question

of race is replaced by that of living conditions, and that matter

has a wholly different feeling to it."


"The only apparent limit on how successfully you can raise your

intelligence, given presently available techniques, is YOUR WILL



Best wishes!


- Mastaky Salim ( )




Win Wenger ( ) responds:


Please: It has been possible for me to give useful answers to

everyone seeking them when I've had fewer than about 120 inquiries

per day to handle, and even that load has kept me from some of the

books I need to write. I want to help everyone I can, but if you

followed Mastaky's well-intentioned suggestion on this point, my

efforts would founder. May I make, instead, the following



1) If you need to write me, please do so, but only as a last resort

   so I have a chance to provide well-considered replies to everyone

   who needs them.


2) For most general questions, please take a look through the Project

   Renaissance website,  where you will find answer

   to most questions that most people ask.  And/or: subscribe to - you will find many good people there

   who are well qualified to answer most of your possible questions.

   You can subscribe through our website, home page, or through, and it is free.


3) For most problems, you can also get mostly good guidance from some

   in, and/or you can discover your own

   great answer by applying one or more of these problem-solving



*  DEAM (Double-Entry Aha Method) at

*  Evoked Sidebands, at

*  Freenoting, at

*  Windtunnel, at

*  Over-the-Wall, at

*  Image-Streaming, instructions for which begin at and lead on through a number of

   linked click-through articles, among them High Thinktank method,

   which is posted starting at . See also

   the concise CoreBook on Image-Streaming by Charles Roman, sold here:

*  CrabApple and Problem-Solving Woodswalk methods, which are posted at 


4) For basic questions regarding learning, try one or several of these

   basic methods for more effective learning:


*  Suggestions at ("Frame

   One" from the first chapter of Beyond Teaching And Learning)

*  "Borrowed Genius" starting at

*  "Predictive Imagery" at


Just Freenoting at the end of each chapter, or lecture, or other

content-related reading or key concept, will enable you to derive more

understanding from each such unit of learning than its author put into

it. By itself, this one little practice can totally transform anyone's

learning for the better. It was cited above as also a problem-solving

method, .


Also, any of the above problem-solving methods can be turned into an

improved learning-with-understanding method by making the problem to be

solved that of determining the key to understanding that unit or subject.


Teachers:  modern Socratic Method is the easiest thing in the world for

you to do, and will make your classroom outcomes so very much better. 

Before January 15, 2008, send for your free electronic copy of our

42-page executive summary of modern Socratic Method, with "Socratic" in

your email's subject line - . 


- And when you DO have a question or problem not readily addressed by

one of the above means, do write me and I'll be happy to try to help. 

Use me sparingly and I will be around to help.  Thank you.


- Win Wenger






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* ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( )

wonders if there is anyone in the Albuquerque area with whom he can

practise Image-Streaming.


* BALTIMORE - Gerald Hawkins offers interested parties to contact him

at about starting a problem-solving

and idea-testing group in the Baltimore, Maryland, area.


* CHICAGO - Nick Costello ( ) is interested in

attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Chicago area.


* DETROIT - Eric Bottorff ( ) is interested

in attending meetings of Project Renaissance members in the Ypsilanti



* LOS ANGELES - Ray Croney ( ) seeks Image-

Streamers in the L.A. area.


* NEW JERSEY - Donald Morrison ( ) is

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



* 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.


* VIRGINIA/WASH. DC - Siobhan Dunn ( )

is looking to partner with someone experienced in Image-Streaming in

the Fairfax-DC area.



* TAMILNADU, INDIA - Raj Kumars ( )

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


* VENICE, ITALY - Franco Tiveron ( )

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.





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