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WINSIGHTS was a periodical column by Win Wenger which ran from March 1997 to February 2014, 17 years of articles covering everything from increasing intelligence, creativity, genius, helping your children to flourish, to generally making the world a better place, and much more.


2014: Part 121

Part 121   A New Concept:  Socratic Listening
and initial ways to induce its phenomena through making meaningful associations (January/February 2014)

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2013: Part 116-120

Part 120   An Easy Way to Make a Meaningful Difference
Inspire a child to think about how to prepare for what to become. (November/December 2013)

Part 119   Our Share of the Blame on Black Wednesday in Egypt
The “Great Compromise Fallacy” — working toward “compromise” merely drives the sides in a dispute farther and farther apart toward the extremes. (September/October 2013)

Part 118   Important for Everyone Affected by the Arab Spring
Crane Brinton’s The Anatomy of Revolution compares a number of major historical revolutions and identifies a series of stages which nearly all of them go through. (July/August 2013)

Part 117   Help Wanted—Psychoanalysts with Rorschach Experience
Psychoanalysts experienced with uses of Rorschach, please contact us regarding possible co-authoring of a new CPS technique. (May/June 2013)

Part 116   Another Way Music Improves Our Intelligence
Music, like mathematics and the sciences, is a study in relationships that helps our mind discover new insights. (March/April 2013)

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2011: Part 112-115

Part 115   Toward an Ecology of Training, Teaching and Learning
In a thriving ecology, the interests of component species align with each other. (July/August 2011)

Part 114   Making Sense of Education
What matters is not what is taught but what is learned. (May/June 2011)

Part 113   Some General Observations for CEOs and Entrepreneurs
Successful firms encourage deliberate creativity and problem-solving at all levels of personnel. (March/April 2011)

Part 112   The Minimum Winning Coalition, Isn’t
How political groupings tend to win and hold power by thin margins. (January/February 2011)

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2010: Part 111

Part 111   Recommendation Concerning U.S. Energy Policy
A position briefing: Use taxes and tax credits to encourage and develop the flexfuel market. (January/February 2010)

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2009: Part 107-110

Part 110   Music, Music, Music
Some key aspects of music, as examined through some of our articles and procedures: an annotated directory. (November/December 2009)

Part 109   Why Cell Phones and Driving Don’t Mix
Reflexive eye movements accompany conversation. With someone on the phone not in the car, the rhythm for this reflex is not that of the road. (September/October 2009)

Part 108   Sequestering CO2
Arguably the most economical, not only the least disruptive, geo-engineering solution to global warming. (July/August 2009)

Part 107   Another Way To Feel Better Within Seconds!
By deliberately breathing in certain patterns, you can bring on different desired feelings and conditions. (May/June 2009)

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2008: Part 101-106

Part 106   You Are How You Breathe
Find relief in an instant, right here, right now, from whatever it is that you’d like some relief from. (November/December 2008) — also available as audio.

Part 105   How We Started Losing 7/8ths of Our Brain Before Ever Getting Born
And why human gestation increased from seven to nine months. (September/October 2008)

Part 104   Mature Learners
Other things equal: the older you are, the more readily you should be able to learn. (July/August 2008)

Part 103   Situations Present and Pending
A simple, feasible proposal for Oceanic Fish Farming that can abundantly and profitably feed the world in the coming times of famine. Calling for entrepreneurs. (May/June 2008)

Part 102   More Than Just Mental Health Is At Stake
Korzybski’s principles of understanding the difference between “the map” and “the territory” — the real world and our interpretations of it — sets in place the necessary practice of self-correction. (March/April 2008)

Part 101   How Many Grueling Hours Could This Proposal Save YOU At Tax Time?
Guest article by Susan Wenger. (January/February 2008)

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2007: Part 95-100

Part 100   Acquiring New Proficiencies through PhotoReading
Absorb information at rates and speeds well above 25,000 words per minute, with PhotoReading. (November/December 2007)

Part 99   Consensus and Higher Syntheses
Win Wenger invites participation in an experiment to brainstorm on points of agreement between opposing views. (September/October 2007)

Part 98   A New Experiment to Try
Help “beta-test” Win Wenger’s newest application of Calm-Breathing Pattern with Breathing Meditation. (July/August 2007)

Part 97   Fast-Track to Building Your Perceptions
The key feedback technique — describing aloud to a live listener plus an audio recorder reinforces awareness of ever greater detail. (May/June 2007)

Part 96   Beliefs—
A philosophical stroll into using first-hand knowledge and self-correction as keys to self-empowerment and zeroing in on reality. (March/April 2007)

Part 95   A New Initiative for the Gifted and Talented
Invitation to the gifted to participate in a series of experiments to solve the problems uniquely facing the gifted. (January/February 2007)

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2006: Part 88-94

Part 94   An Easy Way to Fund the Development of Space
Proposal for a simple experiment to prove the benefit of partial-gee over Zero-gee. (November/December 2006)

Part 93   The University of Our Lives
An experiment using the very events of our lives to find message and meaning. (September/October 2006)

Part 92   An Uncompromising Look at a Bit of History
Settling disputes through alliance rather than the tug-o’-war of compromise. (August 2006)

Part 91   Another Avenue to Improving Intelligence
Improvitaping of music can improve not just musical skills but general intelligence. (July 2006)

Part 90   A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships
Proposal for a unique colloquium for the World Creativity Movement. (May/June 2006)

Part 89   In Comparison to Hypnosis
Are Project Renaissance methods hypnotic, or are they “de-hypnotizing” by giving us greater perception and higher awareness? (March/April 2006)

Part 88   How to Win Elections
Citizens’ participating in creative problem-solving sessions instead of political rallies will draw out the real issues, put candidates in much better touch with their constituents. (January/February 2006)

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2005: Part 80-87

Part 87   The Ideal School
Despite widespread dissatisfaction with their performance, schools resist substantive reform. Here’s a look at several alternative educational models. (November/December 2005)

Part 86   Stopping Hurricanes—Revisited
In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, it’s overdue to try water-cooling circulation techniques for slowing storms down. (September/October 2005)

Part 85   Beyond Living Histories
Recording memoirs of the elderly to preserve the rich tapestry of memories that define each unique human being. (July/August 2005)

Part 84   Understanding the Continuum Concept
Comparisons of traditional and modern child-rearing patterns—guest article by Kevin Gaudette. (June 2005)

Part 83   Coming to Our Senses
Abstractions need solid sensory referents to arrive at correct new abstractions. (May 2005)

Part 82   How to Unblock Blocks and Undo Phobias
The power of directed breathing to remove negative feelings and associations. (April 2005)

Part 81   Input and Output
Guest article by Christopher Gooch, elaborating on Win Wenger’s Feedback Loop. (March 2005)

Part 80   Teaching a Six-Year-Old Multiplication and Division
Guest article by Conrad Cook of how his nephew learned advanced math operations in half an hour. (January/February 2005)

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2004: Part 72-79

Part 79   Improving Your Performance on Standardized Exams
A tool kit of easy-to-do techniques that get great results. (November/December 2004)

Part 78   AAA — Ask, Aware, Answer
Guest article by Christopher Gooch describes a powerful way to train your powers of observation. (September/October 2004)

Part 77   Did You Know?
Unenlightened school policies proliferate reading, language, and learning problems. Here are some Socratic solutions. (July/August 2004)

Part 76   Visiting the Future — March 27, 2472
The Human Actualization Council debates maximizing children’s human potential versus the parents’ lifestyles. (May/June 2004)

Part 75   A Larger Framework to Think In
Win Wenger makes an impassioned plea for Socratic drawing out in schools and in society. (April 2004)

Part 74   On Speed of Learning in Infants and Adults
The Glenn Doman methods, PhotoReading and Project Renaissance techniques recapture babies’ rapid and joyous pace of learning at any age. (March 2004)

Part 73   Pole-Bridging in the Brain
Why and how it builds intelligence. (February 2004)

Part 72   Effective Problem-Solving: Using What We Know
Includes updates on the Windtunnel Method. (January 2004)

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2003: Part 64-71

Part 71   Eye Tracks
Training the eyes to track more smoothly can improve performance and information retrieval. (December 2003)

Part 70   A Curriculum for Writers of Fiction
Handy pointers for using Project Renaissance techniques to stimulate story development and imagery. (October/November 2003)

Part 69   Breathing As Therapy?
An invitation to professional therapists to explore the use of simple breathing techniques that can help recondition stimuli. (August/September 2003)

Part 68   Situational Problem-Solving
Assure business and personal success by handling objections immediately with appropriate problem-solving processes to prevent stalling out. (June/July 2003)

Part 67   Proposal for Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients
Techniques for building new neural pathways to bridge the functional gaps caused by injury or stroke. (April/May 2003)

Part 66   The Relevance of Imagery by Susan Wenger
Finding meaning in the images your subconscious mind produces in answer to questions. (March 2003)

Part 65   A Peace Possibility Hanging Out in the Ether
How Japanese joint-venture trade interests in Kashmir could defuse tensions between India and Pakistan. (February 2003)

Part 64   Learning from Input or Output?
All or almost all you need is already within you, if you just switch some attention to your own perceptions. (January 2003)

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2002: Part 57-63

Part 63   Ask Better Questions for More Than Just Better Answers
Hearing and drawing one another out, per Socrates, is one of the best things that one human being can do for another. (November/December 2002)

Part 62   An Adventure in Brain Dominance and The Cause of Mid-Life Crisis
Intra-communication of left and right brain can lead to brilliance. (September/October 2002)

Part 61   Breathing and Personality Traits:  A Hypothesis
How breathing span affects attention span and life strategies. (July/August 2002)

Part 60   One Destiny, or Many?
The urgent need to pick up the pace of space development. (June 2002)

Part 59   Feeding the World
Use existing technology of underwater air curtains to create profusely productive fish farms. (May 2002)

Part 58   The Art Studies Technique
Sharpen your powers of observation and integration through different representational art techniques. (April 2002)

Part 57   The Socratic Continuum
Drawing out deeper awarenesses and being really heard — the keys to creativity, accelerative learning, and genius. (Feb./March 2002)

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2001: Part 47-56

Part 56   Working with Metaphor
Two visionary new problem-solving procedures: Crabapple and Woods-Walk. (Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002)

Part 55   Windtunnel !!!
Draft of a new creative problem-solving procedure. (November 2001)

Part 54   A Useful Contemplation
How to think, not just in terms of things or objects, but in terms of systems, complex streams of vectored possibilities. (October 2001)

Part 53   Save Millions of Lives Around Bengal
A proposal for preventing recurring disasters — material and human — from happening and for turning the greatest region of dire poverty on Earth into productive prosperity. (September 2001)

Part 52   Final Exams
A special procedure for teachers and trainers, and a major end-of-course booster. (August 2001)

Part 51   Proposed Experiment in Concretized Learning
Test this hypothesis — conceptual context needs to be rooted in appropriately concrete sensory experience — as applied to learning a new language faster and better. (June/July 2001)

Part 50   What Does It Mean to Be You?
Is it significant to be who you are and to do what you are doing? Some philosophical musings. (May 2001)

Part 49   A Rapport Story by Elroy Carter
A guest contributor offers a neuro-linguistic programming approach to getting on the same map with others, to establishing rapport and seeing things through others’ eyes. (April 2001)

Part 48   Two Experiments
Please help test these two quick new ways to get great answers to problems. Your feedback is needed! (March 2001)

Part 47   We Fractals Re-Visited
In interfacing all of our self with what we actually sense and perceive, we come to wider and wider possibilities. (January/February 2001)

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2000: Part 37-46

Part 46   To Heal America’s Political Wounds
A simple yet astute proposal for the new President to bridge the great divide of a divisive election. (November/December 2000)

Part 45   Pre-Natal Curriculum And Why
Techniques and reasons for providing stimulus response to babies even before birth to minimize braincell attrition. (September/October 2000)

Part 44   Build Your Ability to Understand Everything!
How to use Image Streaming to fill the gaps in your childhood experiences and rebuild the very foundations of your understanding. (August 2000)

Part 43   Left or Right? Or Something Else?
Conservative or liberal agendas haven’t worked. Here is a third alternative for meeting public needs:  Incentives. (July 2000)

Part 42   A Great Way to Get a Better Handle on Things
How an understanding of homeostatic systems can help deal with other problem situations. (June 2000)

Part 41   Never Too Old to Learn a New Art or Skill
Learn sight-reading of music through Borrowed Genius, Toolbuilder and psychegenic support. (May 2000)

Part 40.  One Way to Make a Huge Swing Factor in Education, and in Productivity and Human Well-Being
Elicit genius from just about any group, whether classroom or boardroom, by practice of modern Socratic method in Dynamic Format. (April 2000)

Part 39.  Another Brain-Boost through Music
Early childhood training in music and art can develop perfect pitch and gain 10 to 20 I.Q. points. (March 2000)

Part 38.  Frog Warming
Rearranging incentives as a means to restore the global temperature balance. (February 2000)

Part 37.  The Game of Gotcha
A method for teaching how to turn non-zero-sum games into win-win results. (January 2000)

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1999: Part 26-36

Part. 36.  How to Bring Lasting Peace to the Middle East
Proposal for establishing a major, permanent U.N. headquarters on the Golan Heights. (December 1999)

Part. 35.  Restore Some Who Suffer Long-Term Coma?
This article proposes techniques for breaking through to whatever part of the brain in the terminally comatose is still responsive. (November 1999)

Part 34.  Bringing Peace:  The Balkans, Northern Ireland, and elsewhere
Building a long-term solution through mutual incentives. (October 1999)

Part 33.  Add Depth and Richness to Every Facet of Our Mutual Lives
Empower interactive learning methods by teaching listening first. (September 1999)

Part 32.  Quick Rummage of Profitable Answers
Three obvious but long overlooked areas for profitable ventures. (August 1999)

Part 31.  How to Wipe Out Most Taxes in New York City and Improve City Services — at the Same Time!
An obvious proposal for turning a million square feet of neglected and unclaimed groundspace into income-producing and revenue-producing real estate. (July 1999)

Part 30.  Reviving Appalachia
Incentives for slag recovery could bring this poorest of regions back to life, swiftly and at little cost. (June 1999)

Part 29.  Breathing as a Way of Life — 2
Step-by-step instructions for using your most valuable patterns of breathing. (May 1999)

Part 28.  Breathing as a Way of Life — 1
Introducing breathing patterns and mental imagery for relief and healing. (April 1999)

Part 27.   Readiness — Feedback and the Growth of Children
Feedback and the growth of children. (March 1999)

Part 26.   Notes Toward the New Model
A work in progress; your comments are invited. (January 1999)

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1998: Part 20-25

Part 25.   Learning from the Future (Part 2)
The surprising effectiveness of the Beachhead procedure. Continued from Part 19. (October 1998)

Part 24.   Artist’s Eyes
An artist’s developmental technique can integrate brain circuitry and build visual detail skills, and be used to develop and work with metaphor. (Techniques very different from those given in Part 16.) (September 1998)

Part 23.   Diricopters
A flying machine invention released into public domain. (August 1998)

Part 22.   Responsiveness:  The Power of Feedback
Increase your creativity and intelligence — Image Streaming and more. (July 1998)

Part 21.   How Bill Gates and Microsoft May Yet Hit a Few More Home Runs
Applications of the laws of abundance and scarcity. (May 1998)

Part 20.   A Little Something You Can Do for Your Own Children
“The World Next Door” process for accelerated learning. Continued from Part 18. (May 1998)

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1997: Part 1-19

Part 19.   Learning from the Lessons of the Future
Inventions for habitats and landscaping. Continued in Part 25. (August 1997)

Part 18.   Help a Young Child to Flower
Image Streaming for the very young. Continued in Part 20. (August 1997)

Part 17.   Some New Methods
Procedures to develop learning, perception and conceptual abilities in young children. (August 1997)

Part 16.   How to See with Artistic Eyes
Techniques to activate your beauty-perceiving faculties. (July 1997)

Part 15.   How to Run Better Meetings, Groups, Clubs and Classes
Step-by-step instructions for Dynamic Format. (July 1997)

Part 14.   A Fun Way to Teach Your 2-Year-Old to Sight-Read and Play Music
..and expand the very core of his intellectual capacity! (July 1997)

Part 13.   In 900 Minutes, You Can Be Composing Very Fine Music
An astonishingly easy way for you to become a composer of fine, original music in your own individual genre. (July 1997)

Part 12.   Getting More Intelligence Online
Image Streaming and the law of effect. Building better connections throughout your brain. (June 1997)

Part 11.   Your Personal Empowerment
Seeing with your own eyes, not just accepting the conventional wisdom. (June 1997)

Part 10.   Solution of the Month
Making the problem part of the solution in treating nuclear waste. The way out of a terrible problem, and just about everyone wins! (June 1997)

Part 9.   Making Learning Easier, — 2
Learn like a genius with Periscopic Learning technique. (June 1997)

Part 8.   Making Learning Easier, — 1
5 invaluable tips for developing a “knack” for learning. (June 1997)

Part 7.   An Emphatic Recapitulation and Summary
Act on your own perceptions; use Portable Memory Bank, Image Streaming, High Thinktank, Sidebands of Awareness. (May 1997)

Part 6.   A Partial Taxonomy of All Possible Problem-Solving Methods
A work in progress, highlighting Toolbuilder. (May 1997)

Part 5.   A Fast Way to Get Your Best Answers
Step-by-step instructions for the “Over-the-Wall” procedure. (May 1997)

Part 4.   How to Feel Better Instantly
Breathing techniques to cope with the emotional effects on intelligence. (April 1997)

Part 3.   Image Streaming: Your Own Most Powerful Mode of Thinking
Step-by-step instructions for the premier process for increasing intelligence, solving problems, enriching life and understanding. (April 1997)

Part 2.   A Guaranteed Way to Improve Your Intelligence
Gain substantial I.Q. points through Image Streaming, as derived from Socratic method plus Einsteinian “deep-thought” discovery method. (April 1997)

Part 1.   You Are Brighter Than You Think—Far, Far Brighter
The leitmotif of Project Renaissance, and part of its mission. (March 1997)

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