<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Todman (Theo) - Thesis - Self-Consciousness (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17882.htm">Thesis - Self-Consciousness</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/T/Author_Todman (Theo).htm">Todman (Theo)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: </th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_17/PaperSummary_17882.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_21.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><ul type="disc"><li>This pseudo-Paper is intended as the mechanism to record time spent on the Note '<a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_21.htm">Self-Consciousness</A><SUP>1</SUP>' during my Thesis research, as from 2011. </li><li>For the actual time recorded, click on "Paper Summary" above. </li></ul><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><hr><br><B><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_2">Write-up</A></U><SUB>2</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_2"></A></u> (as at 24/04/2018 00:12:58): Self-Consciousness</B><BR><br><u><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_3">Plug Note</A></U><SUB>3</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_3"></A></u><ul type="disc"><li>This is more than just phenomenal <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_61.htm">consciousness</A><SUP>4</SUP> (which may be a watershed in itself with moral consequences greater than generally accepted) but the consciousness of oneself as a <a name="3"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_98.htm">self</A><SUP>5</SUP> (as <a name="4"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_83.htm">Locke</A><SUP>6</SUP> noted). </li><li>But we need also consider the view that this  watcher is an illusion, a falsely assumed <a name="5"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_40.htm">Cartesian Ego</A><SUP>7</SUP> whose existence is undermined by neuroscience, the modularity of mind, and such-like.</li><li>I was alerted to a <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_8">quotation</A></U><SUB>8</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_8"></A> from <a name="W6698W"></a><A HREF = "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Updike" TARGET = "_top">John Updike</A> s <a name="19"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_06/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_6705.htm">Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness</A>":- <ul type="square"> <FONT COLOR = "800080">Not only are selves conditional but they die. Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead. So why, one could say, be afraid of death, when death comes all the time? </FONT> </ul>I think <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_9">this thought</A></U><SUB>9</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_9"></A> is muddled in several respects:- <ol type="1"><li><a name="6"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_67.htm">Death</A><SUP>10</SUP> is a biological event that  at least in the ordinary case  can happen to an organism only once. Whatever <a name="7"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_98.htm">Selves</A><SUP>11</SUP> are, they don t die every night. Follow the links for further discussion. </li><li>We do indeed  wake slightly altered ; indeed, we alter slightly whenever we encounter an event that has an impact on us. </li><li>I m not sure what Updike means by our selves being  conditional , but I can well believe it. </li><li>Updike seems to subscribe to some  strict and philosophical view of identity, whereby nothing survives change. This is not a useful understanding. </li><li>Any comfort we might get from such thoughts concerning our inevitable deaths is entirely spurious. </li></ol></li><li>For a page of Links to this Note, <a href="Notes_21_Links.htm">Click here</a>.</li><li>The categorised reading list is rather small; naturally, see also those on <a name="8"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_98.htm">Self</A><SUP>12</SUP> and <a name="9"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_61.htm">Consciousness</A><SUP>13</SUP>.</li><li>Works on this topic that <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_14">I ve actually read</A></U><SUB>14</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_14"></A>, <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P17882_15">include</A></U><SUB>15</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P17882_15"></A> the following:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="20"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_00/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_97.htm">Garrett (Brian) - Personal Identity and Self-consciousness</A>", Garrett</li><li><a name="11"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_11/Abstract_11981.htm">Kriegel (Uriah) - Strange Loops and Self-conscious Marbles</A>", Kriegel</li></ol></li><li>A reading list (where not covered elsewhere) might start with:- <ol type="i"><li><a name="12"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_02/PaperSummary_2053.htm">Eilan (Naomi), Marcel (Anthony) & Bermudez (Jose Luis) - Self-Consciousness and the Body: An Interdisciplinary Approach</A>", Eilan</li><li><a name="13"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_02/Abstract_2690.htm">Laycock (Stephen) - Consciousness It/Self</A>", Laycock</li><li><a name="14"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_03/Abstract_3697.htm">Neisser (Ulric) - Five Kinds of Self-Knowledge</A>", Neisser</li><li><a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_04/Abstract_4953.htm">Pollock (John L.) - The Self-Conscious Machine</A>", Pollock</li><li><a name="16"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3831.htm">Shoemaker (Sydney) - The Self and the Contents of Consciousness</A>", Shoemaker</li><li><a name="17"></a>"<A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_03/PaperSummary_3920.htm">Vesey (Godfrey N.A.) - Are We Intimately Conscious of What We Call Our Self</A>", Vesey</li><li><a name="18"></a>"<A HREF = "../../Abstracts/Abstract_05/Abstract_5067.htm">Vjecsner (Paul) - Searching for the Heart of Human Nature</A>", Vjecsner</li></ol></li><li>This is mostly a <a name="10"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_737.htm">place-holder</A><SUP>16</SUP>. </li></ul><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_2"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_2"><B>Footnote 2</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (24/04/2018 00:12:58). </li><li><A HREF = "../../Notes/Notes_0/Notes_21.htm">Link to Latest Write-Up Note</A>. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_3"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_3"><B>Footnote 3</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>A number of my philosophical Notes are  promissory notes currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned. </li><li>I ve decided to add some text  whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive  for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.</li><li>As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance. </li><li>The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_8"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_8"><B>Footnote 8</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>It appeared in <em>The Week</em>, but it seems to be a popular one. </li><li>See <a name="W6697W"></a><A HREF = "https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/939545-not-only-are-selves-conditional-but-they-die-each-day" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. </li><li>I m not yet clear of the context: the book is on order. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_9"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_9"><B>Footnote 9</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Which has little to do with self-consciousness other that the book s title. </li></ul> <a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_14"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_14"><B>Footnote 14</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>Frequently I ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note. </li><li>In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time. </li><li>In the latter case, I will have remarked on the fact against the citation, and will integrate the comments into this Note in due course. </li><li>My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage. </li></ul><a name="On-Page_Link_P17882_15"></A><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P17882_15"><B>Footnote 15</A></B></U>: <ul type="disc"><li>I may have read others in between updates of this Note  in which case they will be marked as such in the  References and Reading List below.</li><li>Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected. </li></ul> <FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - 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