11 December 2005
We’re much tougher than we
think we are. Our nature is to rise to meet challenges, physical, mental and
emotional; and, in fact, we only reach our full potential when confronted
This is not a prescription
for living, but perhaps it is a mantra: Repeat it. Implant it deep in your
awareness. Incorporate it deeply within the wisdom of that guardian of consciousness
who stands watch over all that we do and al that we think.
~ Josh Mitteldorf
10 December 2005
I dwell in Possibility--
A fairer House than Prose--
More numerous of Windows--
Superior--for Doors -
Of Chambers as the Cedars--
Impregnable of Eye--
And for an Everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky--
Of Visitors--the fairest--
The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise--
~ Emily Dickinson, born this
day in 1830
9 December 2005
"God has neither form
nor shape under which we can know Him; when he speaks of Himself in
metaphors and similes, He is adapting Himself to our foolishness, our
"The Second Commandment,
observed by Jews and Muslims alike, is not really a prohibition
against making sculptures, it is a warning against the profound error of
concretizing God, the profound error of thinking that you can possibly know
what God is or looks like or wants."
Nachmanovich and Abdul Said
8 December 2005
"There is a star above us which unites souls of the first
order, though worlds and ages separate them."
~ Queen Christina of Sweden, born this day in 1626.
As an orphaned child,
destined to rule, she chose a life of physical discipline and intense
study. By the time she was 22, she was committed to peace among
nations, and was instrumental in ending the Thirty Years'
War. At 28,
she gave up the throne in order to pursue Catholic mysticism, travel and
"Unconcerned with appearances, and daring to live a life of almost total freedom, Christina was one of the most highly independent, unconventional,
and outrageously colorful women in history."
7 December 2005
"In the fight between
you and the world...back the world."
~ Franz Kafka
6 December 2005
Those who would follow in steps of heroes
must heed clearly the voice of the people
and shape their dreams into visions.
For this is no journey of turning back,
no force that can be denied.
A culture of peace is dawning
and all will be changed in its light.
~ from The
Dawning of Peace, by David Adams
5 December 2005
of quantum physics, while you’re not looking, an object can and does
do every possible thing. If you see a chair, turn your back, and find the chair
where you left it, you would feel quite justified in
concluding it had been there all along. How presumptuous of you! The correct
quantum calculation would take an average over infinitely many things that
the chair could have done during the seconds that your head was turned. It
could have rocked on its legs. It could have turned upside down. It could
have zoomed around the world and back again. Energy conservation is no
obstacle in inventing these paths. They all must be considered part of the
"in between" reality, in order to predict the simple probability
that you’ll find the chair where you left it.
Two qualifiers: (1)
"energy conservation is no obstacle". Actually, one thing that
saves this schema from devolving into complete chaos is that the probability
of each possible path is modified by the extent to which it departs from
energy conservation. Those paths that involve the appearance or
disappearance of large quantities of energy are proportionally less
probable. (2) "...take an average over infinitely many paths" If
you averaged the probabilities of all these paths, they would each
contribute something positive to the overall probability. They would all be
important. But in quantum
physics the quantity that is averaged is a wave which can have positive or
negative amplitudes, so some of the paths can cancel each other out. In
fact, it turns out that all those probability waves for the chair going
around the world have almost equal positive and negative amplitudes, so they
tend to cancel, while some of the probability waves associated with the
chair remaining in the same place tend to be in phase with each other, so
that in the end these are the only ones that really matter.
"I think it is safe to
say that no one understands Quantum Mechanics"