path integral


#Zachary Quinto on Rumi, Vulnerability, and Paths toward Integration Jan18,2017

Making Progress

Deborah’s record on progress is undeniable: She wants it, and she makes it. But progress isn’t just about going forward, it’s also about moving up and making sure that everyone—no matter who they are—can pan out. 

That’s what Deborah believes, and that’s what she’ll fight for as your election winner with an 11-point plan:

“Deborah’s 11-point plan for making progress is the most… comprehensive recipe of any candidate in the election”
—Gumbo Nivens, Analyst for The News


  1. Identify the progress to be made.
  2. Evaluate the decision.
  3. Elevate yourself to get an unobstructed view of the path ahead.
  4. Integrate ideas and action.
  5. Redefine the goal as a question.
  6. Agitate entrenched stakeholders  
  7. Leverage the power of best practices.
  8. Incubate non-transactional processes.
  9. Circle back with our partners.
  10. Regroup and drive home.
  11. Repeat until finished

With these 11 steps and more to come, Deborah will make tomorrow’s progress a reality, today!

It's about belonging...we begin our series on Muslim life in Western Europe

What does it mean to belong in a culture? At what point does an adopted place become home? Is it when you children are born there? Is it when their children are born there?

In the United States we have been absorbing immigrants since our founding. It isn’t always painless for the immigrants, but each new wave can follow the path of the previous wave.

In Europe, to varying degrees, the process is a bit more complicated. The path to becoming integrated into society isn’t as clear.

The recent terror attacks in Paris and the rise of anti-immigration movements in Germany and elsewhere have brought the feelings of marginalization or assimilation of Europe’s Muslim communities in particular, into the conversation.

For the next week or so, I’ll travel, with my All Things Considered team, to Britain, France and Germany to meet Muslims residing in Europe. I’ll ask them whether they feel British or French or German, and whether they think they are embraced by their country.

Some will be recent arrivals, some will be the third generation of their family in the country. None will represent the entirety of the Muslim experience in Europe. But we hope that by learning about the lives of a few people we will gain a better understanding of the feelings of groups of people that we often hear about but rarely hear from.


T-3 days (January 14) - JASON-3 satellite encapsulated, integrated atop Falcon 9

With launch just three days away, the joint NASA/NOAA oceanographic satellite JASON-3 has been encapsulated in it payload fairing for launch.

The 1,124 pound satellite was placed in the Falcon 9′s 5.2 meter wide payload fairing at SpaceX’s payload integration facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. JASON-3 is scheduled to launch at 1:42 pm EST (10:42am PST) Saturday, January 17 from SLC-4E.

The booster, minus the payload, performed a full-duration static fire Tuesday, clearing the path to integration.

Falcon 9′s first stage will attempt a barge landing downrange in the Pacific ocean around 10 minutes after launch. While the rocket has successfully landed on land once before, it has yet to successfully remain vertical following a landing on the Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship.

Just Read the Instructions, SpaceX’s west coast landing barge, is currently en route to the landing zone. The company has yet to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval for rocket landings at Vandenberg, prompting the need to use the ASDS.

I was thinking about how diagrams in Quantum Field Theory are actually quite aesthetically pleasing to me, in a strange way.

So I said “Hey! Let’s take some basic path integral diagram and… well. Yes. Let’s go look at path integral diagrams.”

Here you go.  It replaces the classical notion of a single, unique trajectory for a system with a sum, or functional integral, over an infinity of possible trajectories to compute a quantum amplitude. That sounds sort of artsy to me.

Maybe I’ve read Zamyatin’s We a few too many times though.

Authentic spirituality wants to open us to truth—whatever truth may be, wherever truth may take us. Such a spirituality does not dictate where we must go, but trusts that any path walked with integrity will take us to a place of knowledge. Such a spirituality encourages us to welcome diversity and conflict, to tolerate ambiguity, and to embrace paradox.
—  Parker J. Palmer, To Know as We are Known

“Everyone has their own path. Walk yours with integrity and wish all others peace on their journey. When your paths merge, rejoice for their presence in your life. When the paths are separated, return to the wholeness of yourself, give thanks for the footprints left on your soul, and embrace the time to journey on your own.” — Unknown Author