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High Thinktank
Application of post-Einsteinian discovery technique
by Win Wenger, Ph.D.

That man thought in words....was totally false.... thought flashed into being in a hundred simultaneous forms, with a thousand associations, and the speaking mind selected one, forming it grossly into the inadequate symbols of words, inadequate because common to disparate situations — admitted to be inadequate for vast regions of expression, since for them there were the parallel languages of music and painting. Words were not called for in many or indeed most forms of thought: Mozart certainly thought in terms of music....
— p. 470, Post Captain, Patrick O'Brian. (London: W.W. Norton & Co., Ltd., 1990.)


Quick Question/Answer and High Thinktank methods are two very powerful creative solution-finding techniques featuring modern versions of Einsteinian Discovery Method.

For best results, please first practice and accumulate at least an hour's worth of Image-Streaming and/or Over-the-Wall, the most basic modern Einsteinian "Deep Thought" procedures. (Practice of Image-Streaming appears to make everything work better, not only these two advanced Einsteinian procedures.)

Einsteinian Discovery Method is letting your own inner reflexive mental imagery inform you of your own best available insights and answers. These immediately come up in any situation you are in or with any question or problem which is posed, but in this culture we've all been trained since Day One to ignore and overlook these "spontaneous," seemingly irrelevant images, to the point where most of us don't even notice or know that we have them.—This, the most valuable and powerful and sensitive thinking process which any of us have!—And all of us have it going on, even though few of us know it.

Einstein made the technique famous; it taught him Relativity, and he used it to teach Relativity and other concepts to others. Our modern forms of the method also incorporate Socratic Method, in that while you are experiencing and examining these images and impressions, you are also describing them in some detail, thereby developing those images in your consciousness and strengthening your contact with the information, the insights and meanings which are giving rise to that imagery.

Why imagery? More than 90% of your brain works in sensory images instead of words. That is where 99+% of your unconscious data, data-associations, and mental faculties reside, offline from the 1% of your brain which is your word-box consciousness.—But we need the words and wordbox to give definition to our images and to focus our conscious perceptions and develop them to where they are useful to us. Sketching and painting and, indeed, various of the other expressive arts also provide avenues for defining and developing our initially "off-line from word consciousness" awarenesses and faculties, from which nearly all our creativity ultimately flows.

Just as many different programs can be coded in basic MS-DOS and have been, many and various techniques can be and have been coded upon this basic combination of principles, combining Einsteinian and Socratic methods. These are "software for your wetware" and can remarkably improve your use of your basic machinery or "necktop PC."

The trick is to have presence-of-mind enough to notice when you are in the context of a problem, a question, an issue, an opportunity, a difficulty...

o And then to have presence-of-mind enough to turn that situation into an (open-ended) question, and ask that question of your Image-Streaming faculties.

o Let that image surprise you, at first blush seeming to have nothing to do with that question it's so different from what you expected. These usually turn out to have everything to do with answering that question, with insights you were unlikely to have won through to by any other means....
Once you've gotten, expressed, and detailed out your image-answer to that question (preferably that surprise image)—
o Thank your faculties for that image, ask that, to aid your understanding of it, the same key answer to the same question be shown to you again but via another, very different, image.

o Then get a third set of images, very different again but still somehow the same key answer to the same question.
Once you've mapped out the elements-in-common to these three otherwise very different sets of image, chances are excellent that you'll be conscious of a really great answer and insight.


These images are also, once gotten, a very effective way to think consciously about the problem. "If my boss's unwillingness to see my value really were, somehow, the sweet potato on that silver plate (assuming that were your imagery), then what would the plate itself represent? What does that tell me about the relationship?" Kind of muddle-through those images, which can often shake loose some new insights. Play with the elements of your imagery to see what comes to mind.


Further Back-Ups:
Use any other good creative problem-solving method or procedure which works—and there are hundreds of these! Each can be back-up to the others. If you put mastery of a number of these very different methods in your toolkit, you are more than a match for almost any problem!


Getting "unstuck" from what we "know"
A beautiful instrument for focusing our perceptions and magnifying them so they are "loud" for us, our word-box consciousness is so fond of its defined world that usually it is reluctant to accept and process input from beyond itself, which is why many of the most creative among us have learned to pay attention to our dreams, when sleep has our loud box lulled and subtler insights can sometimes slip through.

It is effective when confronting a question or problem to review what we know about that issue and seek its answer from what we know. Trouble is, the problems and questions we have left over are the ones which didn't resolve that way. Then, what we "know" stands in the way of the fresh perceptions we need for good answers, and on these we definitely need perceptions from beyond our wordbox, from beyond what we think we know.

The greatest outside "expert" you can hire or consult with sits right between your ears and is answering you at every turn, only you've been ignoring and overlooking this remarkable resource and its responses.

How to get beyond the wordbox, the editor which wants to make every answer come out the way it expects instead of letting your richer faculties inform you directly? The first of these two advanced Einsteinian methods, Quick Question/Answer, relies on speed—forcing your responses faster than the plodding wordbox can keep up with. It's plodding because it functions only at the speed of the language you speak while the rest of your brain is literally millions of times faster in its responses.

The second of these two Einsteinian methods, High Thinktank, takes advantage of the fact that our richer faculties are so very, very, very much more sensitive and subtle than is our loud wordbox, that it is feasible to relate questions directly to these faculties and get your answers back and recorded before your loud wordbox has any idea of what's being asked. So your loud wordbox doesn't know which way to reshape and distort the answers you are getting, until after they are recorded.


Especially for the truly great and crucial
questions and problems

Some questions are so important our learned responses have been staked out all over them long since, and it seems impossible to look beyond all that conditioned reflex noise to fresh, useful insights.

For example, the instant someone asks you, "What is the best system of government?" you are mentally assaulted by a cacophony of conditioned catechisms ranging from "No government" and "They govern best who govern least" to issues of social contract and a rigmarole about democracy being an impossible form of government only the other forms are worse, etc., etc., etc.

None of that noise is very useful, and it seems impossible to reach sensitively beyond that noise to fresh awarenesses, and most people don't bother to think at all about that or other such important matters because of all that noise.

But if you did not consciously know that was the question you were answering, you wouldn't know which way to edit your image-answer responses coming from your subtler faculties which, from all sorts of subliminal cues and unconscious pattern-recognition/prediction, do know what the question is and are showing you its answer.

There are a good many creative problem-solving programs and systems of method these days which work and work pretty well. Only High Thinktank thus far lets us deal creatively, ingeniously, and effectively with the truly major, truly great issues and questions.

Presuming, then, that you have developed (or redeveloped) some of your basic conscious skills by experience and practice of either or both the two most basic of the modern Einsteinian procedures—Image-Streaming and/or Over-the-Wall—here are two highly advanced and powerful forms, Quick Question/Answer and High Thinktank. The group procedures are described first, followed by instructions for solo use.

The group procedures can go into more detail than can the instructions for the individual solo-use version of either. Examining these group-use procedures first will inform and help your use of the solo-use procedures. We might also note that doing these procedures with a group of co-learners or co-explorers is not only a lot more effective but a lot more fun. Yet even the solo-use is highly powerful and effective.


Detailed Group Procedures
for Quick Question/Answer and
High Thinktank

Quick Question/Answer form for
problem-solving in groups

The chief difficulty for any good problem-solving procedure is that of somehow getting past what we expect the answer "ought to be," to whatever is the actual best answer. One aim of this first procedure is to force our responses to come so quickly that our verbal left brain has little or no chance to edit our experience or response to fit its expectations. Another aim of this present procedure is to get your own instant-reflex responses to be as image-based as possible, also in order to avoid editing and left-brain biasing. The more sensory image-based, other things being equal, the better our contact with the broader, more sensitive regions of the brain which we are seeking to draw upon for our answers to questions and problems.

Speed, fluency of describing, and inductive inference are our keys to

o getting unbiased answer directly from our inner/higher resources;
o developing our perceptions of and around that answer; and
o understanding what we're being shown.
If you have a large group, subdivide it into smaller groups of from four to six members. This requires more expressive, describing, involvement from each member, and thus achieves more and better development of awarenesses in each, than is otherwise possible in larger groups, where "air time" has to be shared directly with dozens of other people and usually with a lecturer to boot!

Here is the cycle of steps for each group of four to six members to perform in this Quick Q/A form of Einsteinian Discovery Technique. In each group of three to six members:

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