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Taped Course from Nightingale-Conant:
The Einstein Factor
based upon the book of that title
by Win Wenger and Richard Poe

Reviewed by Win Wenger

It works. It is put together with Nightingale-Conant's highly competent engineering, scriptsmanship and quality.

My reservations, such as they are about this course, center on that very issue, however — because the jacket, the opening, and portions here and there throughout are uncomfortably full of "Win Wenger has discovered" this and "Win Wenger says" that. It'd be so very much more congruent with my goals in this work if the program pointed much less at me and much more at large and little tests along the way by means of which listeners make their own verifications. That has been central to our work the past thirty years, rather than any ad hominems or citings of any kind of authority.

Another criticism I have of this nonetheless significant taped course is on the jacket, which promises, among many other, and appropriate, benefits, "a perfect memory." What practice of these procedures provides is better access to your memory. Your memory apparently IS perfect, back to Day One and out to the tiniest unnoticed details — it's the access which is a bit of a problem. Still. Heck, I've done a fair amount of work in these procedures and still don't have complete perfect access to my memory. I regret that the tape jacket implied such a promise to its audience. All the other benefits cited on the jacket, and elsewhere, are quite real. Pursuing the procedures as guided in the tape gets you to them, which is as it should be.

Moreover, some important parts of the information in the original book, The Einstein Factor, really did come from my co-author Richard Poe (he is responsible for more than just the really good writing!). This taped course shorted Richard on credit — my abject apologies, Richard! I think Nightingale-Conant was miffed at Richard, whose overflowing writing schedule forced him to decline their invitation to participate in the creation of the course based on the book he played such a large part in creating.

None of that, however, impedes the course from imparting effective information and guiding effectively very strong procedures for its users — some of those procedures near and dear to many of you, while there are other great procedures none of you reading this have until now experienced.

The first of the eight tapes is mainly informative, an easy introduction scripted mainly around passages from the book. That first, introductory, tape is the only one which much resembles the structure of other courses on tape. Before the end of that first tape I did find myself a bit impatient to actually be doing some of the processes instead of just talking about them. Happily, the remaining tapes alternate between informative segments and the semi-guided procedures themselves.

As with our own program's "Active Response" tapes, most of what happens in the procedures results from what you're describing back aloud, "to the voice on the tape," what you observe of your own experience from following each guided step. The act of describing your perceptions aloud at each such point when invited to by the tape, describing in detail to a listener or "to the voice on the tape," makes such a huge positive difference in outcomes that most courses ought to be working this way and eventually will be.

One of my "signatures" is not included with this course. The best tapes produced by Project Renaissance featured an ongoing, context-building background of music with the recorded voice being responsive to the music, somewhat like the "passive session" classroom procedure used by Georgi Lozanov's Suggestopedia. However, the sound quality and quality of engineering of the Nightingale-Conant tapes are good enough, building a strong sense of the guide's presence, to compensate in making these semi-guided experiences strikingly effective.

I thought this tape treatment of the basic Image-Streaming procedure, once you got to it with tape side 4, went especially well and was remarkably effective, even for that process. Especially when that particular process is such a challenge to conduct from a pre-recorded tape. My thanks to Nightingale-Conant for rendering so crucial a process so very, very well!

Because I had to be away so much during the critical time, I was not in control of the final stages of production of this course. Some of you know of the reservations I had about the course for that reason. After reviewing it, I see that I got off very lucky. Nightingale-Conant did a great job! The only reservations I have left are the ones cited above.

Newbies will have a great and rewarding way into this immense context and be able consequently to do great things for their minds, brains and full intelligence. And with all that is worked into this course, we reached beyond the book, and the change of medium also created some change in emphasis and perspective — even those in our audience already advanced in our work will find enough new there, and enough fresh perspective, to feel very well rewarded.


One feature of the course is a workbook which, in addition to "describing aloud to the voice on the tape," affords you considerable further opportunity to develop your experiences, awarenesses, and brain-developing skills, and to make use of these in your work and in your life.

I thought the scope of the workbook a bit ambitious — not everyone is going to complete it — but those who do so will have become very knowledgeable, perceptive, thoughtful and skilled individuals.

One other minor criticism I have of the workbook is in some places where space is afforded to write in an answer, the content called for could easily run to several volumes. Don't expect to do all your writing in just the workbook. You will need to keep a notepad handy, or sit alongside your computer keyboard.

The workbook is, however, a very valuable part of the course, and not only because you get to describe your way further into your own experiences and observations and learn from them. The workbook also addresses some relevant issues not included directly in the tapes. Workbook and tapes, taken together, make up a pretty powerful course, set of experiences, and set of skills and understandings.

Theresa Puskar of Nightingale-Conant, in fact, did a pretty excellent job in preparing the workbook. She evidently got very much into the experience of this course. Some of her evident inspiration may rub off on some of those who come to use the workbook. My strong thanks to Theresa for her excellent work.

The whole course is very attractively packaged, and so — like the book from which it was mostly drawn — makes a very handsome gift, at $69.95. Or sits very nicely on your shelf or on your coffee table. However, sitting on a shelf is not its intended use. One gains all those cited benefits — improved access to memory; "learn and absorb new and challenging information with ease; solve problems like a genius; score higher on tests; access powerful subconscious insights through visualization; induce a state of total creative absorption; develop a new invention for yourself or society! And much, much more..." — One gains these and other benefits only by practicing the various procedures. Owning this course and keeping it on a shelf doesn't make you smarter. But some actions and practices, as led in this course, certainly do, and bring other good effects in addition. Enjoy!

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