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Newsletter of Project Renaissance and Win Wenger           January 2008



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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*  Quotes of the Month

*  Project Renaissance Consulting & Tutoring

*  Project Renaissance Corebooks

*  Events, Workshops, Classes

*  Announcements, News Items, Help Wanted


        Building Musical Skills, by Win Wenger

*  Comments, Feedback

        Win Wenger on Learning Potential

        Linda Dobbs on The Stream  

*  Organizational Notes

*  Links







We all have ability. The difference is how we use it. - Stevie Wonder


The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a

different way. - Dale Carnegie


Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. - African proverb








Project Renaissance is pleased to offer consulting and workshops

customized for your organization's needs. Contact Rick Hansen

( ) to discuss how you can benefit

from Win Wenger's consulting services.


Project Renaissance is providing Socratic Learning classes for secondary

school students in the greater Washington DC area. Contact Rick Hansen

( )  for more information. 


Arasu Chellaiah is using Dr. Wenger's Socratic Learning method to teach

college courses for Biology majors and DDS (Doctors of Dental Surgery).

Contact Arasu Chellaiah ( ) or Win

Wenger ( ) for more information.


Win Wenger and Rick Hansen will be using Win's Socratic Learning

Method for tutoring college students pursuing degrees in Electrical

Engineering. Contact The Stream ( or

Rick Hansen ( ) for more information.








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 directly from the CoreBook storefront:











Paul Scheele is teaching a public PhotoReading seminar in Minneapolis,

MN, April 11-13 2008. PhotoReading is an excellent method of getting

through information up to 18 times faster than conventional studying.

This course comes with a money-back guarantee. Call 888-800-2688 or go

to for more



PhotoReading coaching is also available! Contact Mr. Dana Hanson, at






Relaxation and other Yoga workshops provide an enjoyable combination of

exercise and fun, healing and the arts. Beethoven once said, "Silence

is the key - the silence between the notes. When that silence envelops

you - you are at one. You are at peace. Then your soul can sing." 

Classes are taught in the Washington DC metro area. See their schedule:





Winter is here. And so is Precipice Improv Theater's Winter season. It

continues each Saturday until March 22, 2008, in Bethesda MD. At each

show, Precipice creates a different, totally improvised comic play from

your suggestions. For more information, go to





May 23-31, 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.





August 1-3, 2008 - Invention-on-Demand Training Fall Workshop with

Win Wenger and Chuck Roman, in Gaithersburg, MD. Reserve your spot

now! Send an e-mail to






*  March 7-9 - teaching at a creativity conference in Bradenton, Florida.

*  Late March-April period - Denver for several days of audio recording.

*  April - further training of a school's faculty in Buffalo, NY, in

      Project Renaissance accelerated learning methods.

*  May 2-4 weekend - Mensa Regional Gathering, DC/Maryland chapters.

*  May 15-18 - Atlanta, GA, teaching at a major creativity conference.

*  May 23-31 - our BEST, DF and TT events in Pasadena, MD.












Our thanks to Rick Hansen for all his contributions in putting together

this issue of The Stream. We hope he will continue to give us the benefit

of his enthusiasm, energy and educational expertise in future issues.






La Jolla, CA - Boosted by physical and mental exercise, neural stem

cells continue to sprout new neurons throughout life, but the exact

function of these newcomers has been the topic of much debate. Removing

a genetic master switch that maintains neural stem cells in their

proliferative state finally gave researchers at the Salk Institute for

Biological Studies some definitive answers.


Without adult neurogenesis - literally the "birth of neurons" -

genetically engineered mice turned into "slow learners" that had trouble

navigating a water maze and remembering the location of a submerged

platform, the Salk investigators report in the Jan. 30, 2008, Advance

Online Edition of Nature. The findings suggest that, one day, orally

active drugs might be used to influence memory function.






As time passes, our memories are transferred to different parts of the

brain in order to ideally store our past experiences. While scientists

have known that sleep plays an important role in helping consolidate

memories, a new study investigates the role of sleep a step further,

and shows how one night of sleep can lead to changes in brain activity

six months after an event has occurred.


The group of researchers, from the University of Liege in Belgium, has

published their results in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the

National Academy of Sciences. Their research shows that a good night’s

sleep after learning word pairs enhances memory processing in the

hippocampus, and induces information transfer between the hippocampus

and medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). This transfer serves to consolidate

memories, helping new memories become stable and immune to interfering



“Our work shows how the development of a trace left by new memories

depends on sleep,” co-author Steffen Gais told



NOTE FROM THE EDITOR - Sleep is important. If you think that you can

stay sharp while working 80-hour weeks and not sleeping - think again.






Scientists at Melbourne’s Howard Florey Institute have discovered that

mental and physical stimulation delays the onset of dementia in the

fatal genetic disease, Huntington's disease. This Australian research

opens up new therapeutic possibilities for other devastating and

difficult-to-treat brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease where

dementia is a key component.


The Florey’s Dr. Jess Nithianantharajah and Dr. Anthony Hannan showed

mice with the Huntington’s disease gene displayed impairments on

learning and memory tests at an early stage of the disease, prior to

the obvious signs of movement problems. However, Dr. Nithianantharajah

said by providing the mice with an enriched environment that enhanced

their mental and physical stimulation, the mice performed better on

these memory tests. Huntington’s is a very powerful model for nature-

versus-nurture investigations.



EDITOR'S NOTE: A key insight of Win Wenger is that interaction is

required to fully benefit from learning. Mice in a rich learning

environment lived much longer than usual. Mice who were not in a rich

environment, but who could view the activities in the rich learning

environment, did not live longer than normal. Lesson - Television and

passive viewing can never surpass an interactive experience.


By the way, Capitol College - - was founded

on the use of "hands on" learning to complement classroom teaching

in Electronic Engineering. Capitol graduates were sought after in

Government and Industry for the superior skills and ability to

communicate with technicians and management.





Does it matter if mom is listening?


From the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology:

Bethany Rittle-Johnson et al. conducted a study to examine whether

explaining to another person improves learning and transfer. In the

study, fifty-four 4- and 5-year-olds solved multiple classification

problems, received accuracy feedback, and were prompted to explain the

correct solutions to their moms, to explain the correct solutions to

themselves, or to repeat the solutions. Generating explanations (to

selves or moms) improved problem-solving accuracy at posttest, and

explaining to mom led to the greatest problem-solving transfer. The

study indicates that explanation prompts can facilitate transfer in

children as young as 5 years and reveals that it matters if mom is

listening. (Copyright 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.)


This study was also cited in Education Week, January 30, 2008:


Researchers Examine Importance of Learning From ‘Explaining’ -

Learning improves dramatically among young children who take the

time to explain academic concepts to their mothers or who explain

their logic aloud to themselves...




Win Wenger comments:


This scientific study answers the crucial question, whether our

Principle of Description, the focusing power of language, and the

immense educational and developmental power of concurrent describing

of one's thoughts, perceptions, observations, ideas, experiences,

feelings, and whatever awarenesses, have as much bearing on younger

children as they do on adults and older children. The resounding answer

is, these DO!  There probably is no greater educational tool than this,

nor any developmental or neurodevelopmental tool.


It may be up to us to find ways, and better ways, to implement that

tool. What is your ingenuity - and problem-solving method - for devising

techniques wherein we can best get young children to delight in sharing

their concurrent awarenesses, and in drawing each other out in depth,

in detail, at length despite shorter attention-spans, in subtleties and

nuances, in context after context after context? Are there techniques

comparable to those we have for adults and for older children in learning

and problem-solving, invention- and discovery-making?


Thanks to Kathy Carroll for bringing this study to our attention.



FLASH! - PostNote just in. Preliminary results from an elementary

school's faculty in Buffalo, freshly trained in Project Renaissance

accelerated learning methods, are vividly showing that these modified

techniques are just as valuable for young children as our main methods

are for older children, college-age and adult students. The new version

of these methods, for elementary school age children, is the joint

product of Project Renaissance and of that school, announcements about

which are to be made later.





Gamepuzzles ( ) is a long-time supporter of Dr. Win

Wenger's Project Renaissance and production of The Stream. Please visit

their website to learn more about their products that develop the mind.

Fun, challenging, intelligence-expanding, and more!






Gifted Education Press is offering a complimentary copy of their new

Spring 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 interested in collaborating on

these projects.




SOCRATIC METHOD INSTRUCTORS WANTED - To test the Corebooks curriculum

in their classes. Contact Win at for more







Feature Article:



                          BUILDING MUSICAL SKILLS


                               by Win Wenger



The following arose out of an exchange between myself and a college

student who is studying music and who has been seeking a faster, easier

way to build his sought-for musical skills... He wrote:


                                    * * *


      "Recently I designed my own session for helping to develop

      perfect pitch. Perfect pitch is the ability to know the exact

      note when if my professor plays a C sharp I can

      recognize it immediately without any help just by hearing it.

      The session I designed consists of brainwave entrainment

      technology...such as theta/alpha waves used to help me memorize

      the notes. I recorded each individual note into my microphone

      and uploaded it into a special program. But I have a feeling

      it's not working can I develop my hearing to a

      perfect pitch level? What other methods could you suggest other

      than Improvitaping?"


                                    * * *


He was right: What he described isn't working and won't work. The base

line of his existing performance hasn't been established, much less built

into the program as a foundation. There is no sequence of iterated steps

of increasing challenge through which he can develop finer and finer

discriminations, and be reinforced on them, much less anything for

"predicting" and sounding tones.


Even though using multiple differentiated states of mind and brainwave

to input the sounds WILL help somewhat, as it will for the input phases

of any information, he would still need a way to activate such of that

information as he was able to install in order for it to be of much use

to him.



From one of my own letters in that exchange:


First, let me mention one approach, for which we need a computer game

designer to actualize.





(A)  See ("A Fun Way To Teach

Your 2-Year-Old to Sight-Read & Play Music — And Expand the Core of His

Intellectual Capacity!" — Winsights No. 14, July 1997), and then extend

the concept to that of successive presentations — presentations done

rapidly enough to build reflexes — done by computer game. 


(B)  Even a tin ear can tell the difference between one octave and

another, as a bottom-line starting point where, through a succession of

levels of challenge, one learns to discriminate to finer and finer

degrees.  I figure taking it to something like 1/64th of a note during

the challenge of a game should carry over enough to discriminate notes

reflexively in casual, non-game use. 


(C)  Also important, the PREDICTION and voicing of tones so that you can

"sound" the 'A' or whatever tone from scratch. Likewise, via successive

levels of challenge, to something like 1/64th-tone difference during the

game likely to carry over to satisfactory perfect pitch sounding under

non-game conditions. (Such pitch control is only one aspect of a number

of inner musical skills we propose for such a computer game that should

eventually help this to materialize.)





(A)  You may find yourself able to invent an entirely new, different and

effective approach to training perfect musical pitch through the method

known as "Toolbuildering" — see — and so

"visit" a "highly advanced but entirely human civilization" where even

the most klutz-eared enjoy perfect musical pitch, and be taken to the

point of experience which shows clearly what CAUSES everyone in that

(imagined?) civilization to enjoy such perfect musical pitch. Copy off

the tool or technique or practice you find there, which you can then use

for objective training purposes back here. "Toolbuilder" has been the

source of a good many of our Project Renaissance techniques.


(B) You can Google for programs which propose to teach or train the

skill of perfect musical pitch. Some of these might actually work — and

might not. It is hard for me to evaluate, since I have the trait already,

all my life, and thought of it as a bit of a mixed blessing until I

learned of its association with, and of its possibly being a cause of,

a radically expanded left plenum temporales — the apparent very core of

our intellect, since it is the organ in our brain which discriminates

nuances of word meanings. In people with perfect musical pitch,

physically the left plenum temporales is double the size of its

counterpart in people without perfect musical pitch.


(C) Every one of our forty or so online-published problem-solving

techniques can be used on the problem of finding an easy, effective,

rewarding way to train up perfect musical pitch. Take your choice! —

as often as you like, until you hit the payoff that best suits you.



In other correspondence, I also suggested use of the procedure at ("Build Your Ability to Understand

Everything!" - Winsights No. 44, August 2000) as another main avenue

for training up such musical skills as perfect pitch, not only various

intellectual and conceptual proficiencies.


A further point why I am posting this exchange here in The STREAM:

I truly have no way of directly evaluating the effectiveness of

existing programs, as advertised online, for training up perfect

musical pitch. I need the help in this of people who do not now have

perfect pitch, but who are willing to experiment. If an existing

program does the job and does it well, I can simply link to it, for

the benefit of all interested in such things that come our way. If

not, we should develop a strong program for this, as there is strong

if circumstantial evidence that this could be another powerful tool

for heightening intellectual abilities. Could a half-dozen or more of

you, reading this, write me who do not now have perfect musical pitch

ability, and then be willing to undertake an effort to develop that

ability through one of the programs which come up when you Google

"train perfect music pitch"?


Also:  I renew our request for the assistance of a computer game

designer and/or graphics effects person to develop computer-based

games to train this and related inner musical skills. Please contact

me at if you are able and willing to help.




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Win Wenger ( ) writes on LEARNING POTENTIAL


How many times have you sat in a class or training session and heard

the leader say something about only a small percentage of our brain

being developed?  The statement is in fact true, but not in the way

that leader was thinking. Next time you hear this piece of lore being

passed along, ask the person who said it to cite a source - which is

something we all could do more of. In recent correspondence, I was



"You say the skull can expand and the brain increase in size, but Tony

Buzan says that we are only using 1% of our brains, wouldn't that make

expansion pointless? I'm not sure if you agree with his theories or



My response: I wish Tony and the many others who have made similar

remarks about the percentage of brain usage would cite sources. Without

specified sources, such statements come across only as folklore. I did

the research and found a study and book by J. Z. Young, "A Model of The

Brain" (London, Oxford U. Press, 1964). Young sampled the brain and did

the counting, and was the source of the statement that between 5 and

10 percent of the brain is developed. 


This point is important, because it reveals the method by which the

datum was arrived at. His criterion was the number, in proportion, of

cells that were developed. This was easiest to reckon as the number of

cells which were developed enough to have dendritic connections and

synapses with other cells. By that measure, between 5 and 10 percent of

the cells he sampled were developed enough to have connections with

other brain cells. He did not figure the DEGREE of that development,

from cell to cell.


And that is important, because while some brain cells have been counted

with upward of 60,000 connections with other cells, most have only a

dozen or so. Factor these considerations together and it clearly is not

true that 5-10% of the brain is developed. Not even 1% of the brain is

developed. More like one trillionth of one percent. In other words,

there appears to be some room for improvement!


I haven't found any publication or studies where Young's findings were

rejected or denied, only several articles quarreling in minor technical

ways with his strategies for sampling in the brain.  

- Win Wenger, Ph.D. ( )




TESTIMONIAL from a reader of The Stream:


Sometime ago, I corresponded with Win Wenger regarding a health problem

and his specific suggestions helped me tremendously. I believe The Stream

not only keeps me abreast in the educational field, but is on the very

edge of the educational field.


Sincerely, Linda Dobbs ( )




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Project Renaissance is organizing 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. We have now set up

a secure and accessible interface for you.


We are still looking for some moderators. If you have any experience

in using the phpBB Forum system, have had experience with Project

Renaissance Methods, and are interested in becoming a forum moderator,

please contact Tijl Koenderink at


Please go to and register, then post your

information under the "ImageStreaming partners" topic. Some of you have

already provided your Skype names, desired times and languages; please

do so again in the forum.


Thanks, and welcome to the program going live. Our thanks especially to

Tijl Koenderink, the administrator of the Forum, for making this all







* ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Gaylord Galston ( ) wonders

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



* 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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