ESP Biography



SHERENE RAISBECK, ESP Teacher




Major: Mathematics/UMass Lowell

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: 1994

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Past Classes

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Z14250: Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


L14251: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Z14253: Introduction to Positive Disintegration - Part 1 in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) provides a lot of explanations for why some of us feel as if we fit into this world so poorly. In this session, we will explore the basics of TPD, including OverExcitabilities, Dynamisms, and Levels of Development of personality. So, if you are looking for alternate explanations for why some things bother you far more than they bother most folks, join us!


H13872: Space Opera: Space Craft, Colonies, and Aliens! in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Lots of adventures happen in space, some with battles and some with aliens. What goes into these settings? How can you build your own? We will cover a bunch of the basics and do some work individually and in groups on designs, as well as looking at some brilliant examples and some... less brilliant ones.


H13874: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Z13875: Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


H13877: "Superman/woman" and Science Fiction/Fantasy in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
Science Fiction and Fantasy have many characters who stick out compared to others because they have more magic, different powers, unique abilities. We will look at how these characters are treated by the worlds in which they are set and reflect on what, if anything, this says about the society in which we live.


L13610: Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


L13612: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


Z13615: Introduction to Positive Disintegration - Part 1 in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) provides a lot of explanations for why some of us feel as if we fit into this world so poorly. In this session, we will explore the basics of TPD, including OverExcitabilities, Dynamisms, and Levels of Development of personality. So, if you are looking for alternate explanations for why some things bother you far more than they bother most folks, join us!


Z13618: Positive Disintegration (part 2) - Taking the Theory Further in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
This is a course for students who have taken the Introduction to Positive Disintegration course whether this year or a previous one,, or those with familiarity with Kazimierz Dabrowski's work from other sources. It is *not* for beginners!


L13622: Space Opera: Space Craft, Colonies, and Aliens! in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
Lots of adventures happen in space, some with battles and some with aliens. What goes into these settings? How can you build your own? We will cover a bunch of the basics and do some work individually and in groups on designs, as well as looking at some brilliant examples and some... less brilliant ones.


X12995: Chess variations in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
There are many different ways to entertain oneself with games derived from the standard chess formats. Some of them are well-known, like "give-away chess." Some of them are less familiar, like toroidal chess or Ultima. In this session, we'll look at many of the variations and take some time playing a few of them!


H12996: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


H12997: Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Z13000: What does it mean to be gifted? in Spark 2019 (Mar. 16 - 17, 2019)
"All children are gifted." "I can't be gifted, I'm no good at math." "Gifted kids don't need any help." "If I'm so smart, why are my grades so bad?" "You're done? Why don't you help the others, then?" What do we mean by gifted? What difference does it make? Does it change who you are - or should it? Why bother with the label, anyway? This is a discussion-oriented class.


L12483: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


H12484: Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Z12485: Underachievement - Changing Your Perspective in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
A lot of students are told how bright they are, and yet, "Why aren't you living up to your potential?!" Parents, teachers, and even yourselves are asking just that. Maybe you really aren't as smart as they think? Join us to explore this incredibly uncomfortable place to be... I promise it will be thought provoking, if not fun!


Z12487: Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'


Z12488: The School That I Want in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
Some kids consider what school *could* be or *should* be. Some kids never do. This is a class for those of you who have given this some thought and would like others with whom you can bounce ideas back and forth. We'll also look at some of the historical books on this topic. Couldn't we do better than what we have?!


H12177: The Future is NOT what it used to be in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Both science fiction authors and futurists have been trying to figure out what the future would look like for a long time! In this class, we will look backwards at the ideas of the future looked like - jet packs for everybody, robots in everyday life, living on the moon, or perhaps WWIII and IV, and other dystopian prospects. Join this class and your future will be looking up!


H12178: Magic Systems in Fantasy Stories in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
We'll spend a good chunk of this class exploring how magic is presented in a variety of books and movies, after which we will see about constructung our own, either individually or collectively, as the class prefers.


H12179: Building Histories for Your Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Dystopia in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
In the year 2150, we've colonized Mars. How did we get from here to there? On the planet Trzymy, there is a plot to overthrow the Usurper! How did he come to power and what is the heritage of his country? We're doomed. We know we're doomed. The leaders say so. Has it always been this way? If not, when did things change and how? Creating a solid history to lean on in your story telling can make the tale a lot easier to craft for an author, or at least a lot easier to follow for a reader! We will work to understand how histories work and what we need to do to build them!


Z12180: Non-linear Thinking in a Linear World in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
Does doing one thing at a time drive you batty? Do people frequently tell you to pay attention or to 'stay on topic?' Do you think in pictures instead of words? Does the whole "You have to do it in the right order" concept bother you? Join us for an exploration of the How's and Why's of non-linear thinking. We'll talk about how to recognize and develop strengths, not just how to 'fit in.'