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Write-up2 (as at 22/11/2018 16:20:38): Sleep
- I’d not intended to address this topic, but it appeared in Paul Broks’s contribution to "Smith (Barry C.), Broks (Paul), Kennedy (A.L.) & Evans (Jules) - What Does It Mean to Be Me?", in relation to Parfit’s4 Teletransportation5 TE6.
- Therein, the thought is that the “pulling yourself together” that the individual does on awaking is very closely analogous to what happens in the “reception pod” in teletransportation. If this is right, then either the awakening sleeper is not identical to the one who went to sleep, or the teletransportee is indeed identical to the individual who set off, and teletransportation is indeed a form of travel. I don’t believe any of this.
- However I ought to add a few jottings, as it’s central to the Psychological View7, which says – roughly speaking – that we are8 most fundamentally mental substances, and there has – since Descartes – been an issue about whether the thinking thing has to be continually thinking, and the dreamless sleep was the classic case of when it appeared not to be.
- Another context in which the word “sleep” is used is in the New Testament (Pauline) account of (believers’) death9 – and the state of the dead between death and resurrection10, which is described as “sleep”. This is also referenced in Hamlet’s soliloquy (“perchance to dream11”). There’s a mildly heretical Christian view – called “soul sleep” by detractors (though those that hold the view tend not to believe in immaterial souls) – that the individual experiences nothing between death and resurrection. Of course, we refer to the euthanasia of animals as “putting to sleep”, but this isn’t understood to mean anything significant about the post-mortem state of the animal.
- I’m not sure how far I ought to go into the psychology and physiology of sleep. Some of the reading material relates to this.
- For a page of Links12 to this Note, Click here.
- Works on this topic that I’ve actually read13, include14 the following:-
- "Baars (Bernard) - Introduction: Treating Consciousness as a Variable: The Fading Taboo", Baars
- "Burkeman (Oliver) - The I in Mind: Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?", Burkeman
- "Buzzi (Giorgio) - Correspondence: Near-Death Experiences", Buzzi
- "Cooper (John) - Body, Soul and Life Everlasting: Preface to the Second Printing", Cooper
- "DeGrazia (David) - Human Identity and Bioethics: Introduction", DeGrazia
- "Dennett (Daniel) - Where Am I?", Dennett
- "Dougary (Ginny) - A Very English Farewell", Dougary
- "Kagan (Shelly) - The nature of death (continued); Believing you will die", Kagan
- "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", Kazez
- "Koch (Cristof) - When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?", Koch
- "Lockwood (Michael) - When Does a Life Begin?", Lockwood
- "Lowe (E.J.) - Review of Peter Unger's - 'All the Power in the World'", Lowe
- "Medina (John) - The Clock of Ages - Why we Age; How we Age; Winding Back the Clock", Medina
- "Moody (Todd C.) - Conversations with Zombies", Moody
- "Morris (John) - Christian Living", Morris
- "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity", Olson
- "Smith (Barry C.), Broks (Paul), Kennedy (A.L.) & Evans (Jules) - What Does It Mean to Be Me?", Smith, Etc.
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - Other arguments for dualism", Thomas
- "Thomas (Janice L.) - What matters for survival and the logical possibility of resurrection", Thomas
- "Velleman (David) - Dying", Velleman
- See the diminutive categorised reading list below, most of which seems relevant:-
- "Churchland (Patricia) - Reduction and the neurobiological basis of consciousness", Churchland
- "Gray (Peter) - Mechanisms of Motivation and Emotion", Gray
- "Johnston (Mark) - Is Heaven a Place We Can Get To?", Johnston
- "Johnston (Mark) - What Is Found At The Center?", Johnston
- "MacDonald (Margaret) - Sleeping and Waking", MacDonald
- "Martin (Paul) - Counting Sheep: The Science and Pleasures of Sleep and Dreams", Martin
- "Oswald (Ian) - Sleep", Oswald
- "Sharma (Ramesh Kumar) - Dreamless Sleep and Some Related Philosophical Issues", Sharma
- "Squires (Roger) - Dream Time", Squires
- "Walker (Matthew P.) - A refined model of sleep and the time course of memory formation", Walker
→ "Various - Peer review of Walker's 'A refined model of sleep …'"
→ "Walker (Matthew P.) - Past, present, and the future: Discussions surrounding a new model of sleep-dependent learning and memory processing"
- "Wright (N.T.) - Time to Wake Up (1): Death and Beyond in the Old Testament", Wright
- This is mostly a place-holder15.
- This is the write-up as it was when this Abstract was last output, with text as at the timestamp indicated (22/11/2018 16:20:38).
- Link to Latest Write-Up Note.
- A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
- 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.
- As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
- The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.
- “To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”
→ Hamlet, Act-III, Scene-I, Lines 66-68
- If only a “non-updating” run has been made, the links are only one-way – ie. from the page of links to the objects that reference this Note by mentioning the appropriate key-word(s). The links are also only indicative, as they haven’t yet been confirmed as relevant.
- Once an updating run has been made, links are both ways, and links from this Notes page (from the “Authors, Books & Papers Citing this Note” and “Summary of Note Links to this Page” sections) are to the “point of link” within the page rather than to the page generically. Links from the “links page” remain generic.
- There are two sorts of updating runs – for Notes and other Objects. The reason for this is that Notes are archived, and too many archived versions would be created if this process were repeatedly run.
- Frequently I’ll have made copious marginal annotations, and sometimes have written up a review-note.
- In the former case, I intend to transfer the annotations into electronic form as soon as I can find the time.
- 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.
- My intention is to incorporate into these Notes comments on material I’ve already read rather than engage with unread material at this stage.
- 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.
- Papers or Books partially read have a rough %age based on the time spent versus the time expected.
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