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MedicineMetaphilosophyMusicPersonal IdentityPolitics
PsychologyReligionScienceTranshumanism*** Pending ***
  1. The Aeon1 eZine:-
    1. Covers a number of topics that I’m particularly interested in, from a semi-professional point of view.
    2. It also covers others that are of more general interest, for which I’ve read papers as they crop up but don’t really have much time to comment on.
    3. Finally, there are others – and particularly videos – which are not as relevant, and which I’ve ignored. In 2017 these were relatively few and far between (though in general I’ve ignored all the videos). Occasionally I’ve read or viewed them, but not incurred the overhead of logging them in my database.
  2. As with all papers, I categorise them by subject, topic and sub-topic: up to three of each. As such, it is possible to cross-refer the subjects under discussion. But as I have about 22,000 papers of one sort or another, this cross-categorisation leads to something of a morass.
  3. Consequently, I’ve decided to list the main topics that I’m interested in that have come up (this will be an on-going job, requiring occasional refinement), and to list the papers that fall under them. That way, it’ll be easier to see how the various authors address the same topics, and in particular how they disagree.
  4. The topics appear in the table above, with links to the lists. The topic of Personal Identity is further broken down in the list.
  5. Unfortunately, there is some need for cross-categorisation, but I’ll have to resist this and live with the deficiency. Multiple-listings will make the lists too long and confusing. Connections will need to be made between the papers themselves in such cases.
  6. I have now logged by category all the papers I’ve accessed since joining the list at the beginning of 2017 – hence developing the categories. I now need to add – usually brief – comments, making use of a disclaimer as necessary.
  7. Stimulating though this exercise is – I’ve found it’s taking too much time away from my research, so I’ve had to put it mostly on hold. What I decided to do in 4Q17 was just to categorise and read those items that really relate to my research. The others cannot for now be categorised or added to my database, but – as a weekly exercise – I added the authors, titles, dates and links in an uncategorised list.
  8. For 2018, I’ve decided that a further refocussing of effort will be required. From now on I’ll only add those papers that are strictly associated with my research, or are particularly interesting. I hope to comment on those papers already logged.
  9. I must also note here that I treat a few other articles I come across that are of similar standard to Aeon, and treat them as though they were Aeon, listing them in the cross-reference and filing them with the Aeon articles proper, for want of a better home. I note this against the individual papers.

  1. Aesthetics

  2. Animals / Animal Rights

  3. Astronomy / Cosmology

  4. Computing

  5. Consciousness

  6. Education

  7. Ethics7

  8. Evolution

  9. Geography

  10. History

  11. Islam & Philosophy

  12. Language / Linguistics

  13. Law

  14. Literature

  15. Mathematics

  16. Medicine / Health

  17. Metaphilosophy11

  18. Music

  19. Personal Identity13

  20. Politics / Economics / Sociology

  21. Psychology

  22. Religion

  23. Science

  24. Transhumanism42 / AI43

Pending Items (In descending publication-date sequence)
  1. Marcel Zentner, “Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh”, 21 December, 2017, Link (
  2. Nadia Berenstein, “The flavour revolutionary”, 19 December, 2017, Link (
  3. Tage Rai, Piercarlo Valdesolo & Jesse Graham, “Our enemies are human: that’s why we want to kill them”, 13 December, 2017, Link (
  4. Bruce Robbins, “How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice”, 12 December, 2017, Link (
  5. Melissa Feinberg, “The other side of the curtain”, 11 December, 2017, Link (
  6. Samantha Muka, “Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation”, 08 December, 2017, Link (
  7. M M Owen, “Freud in the scanner”, 07 December, 2017, Link (
  8. Iason Athanasiadis, “Everyone in the world should be taxed on their energy footprint”, 06 December, 2017, Link (
  9. Lary Wallace, “Touching the sky”, 06 December, 2017, Link (
  10. Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni & Manos Tsakiris, “‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity”, 05 December, 2017, Link (
  11. André Spicer, “How to fight work bullshit (and keep your job and your dignity)”, 04 December, 2017, Link (
  12. Erik Linstrum, “The empire dreamt back”, 04 December, 2017, Link (
  13. Tomas Engelthaler & Thomas T. Hills, “Porridge is funnier than oatmeal, and booby is funnier still”, 28 November, 2017, Link (
  14. Jens Jakob Andersen, “Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower”, 21 November, 2017, Link (
  15. Philip Mirowski, “Against citizen science”, 20 November, 2017, Link (
  16. Massimo Pigliucci, “When I help you, I also help myself: on being a cosmopolitan”, 17 November, 2017, Link (
  17. Guy D. Middleton, “Do civilisations collapse?”, 16 November, 2017, Link (
  18. Pavlo Shopin, “Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory”, 15 November, 2017, Link (
  19. Julian Strube, “How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion”, 14 November, 2017, Link (
  20. Kimberley Brownlee, “Stop labelling people who commit crimes ‘criminals’”, 10 November, 2017, Link (
  21. David Sbarra, “Psychology’s power tools”, 09 November, 2017, Link (
  22. Wendy Orent, “When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive”, 08 November, 2017, Link (
  23. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, “The small business myth”, 08 November, 2017, Link (
  24. Mark Kukis, “War once helped build nations, now it destroys them”, 07 November, 2017, Link (
  25. Marc A Edwards & Siddhartha Roy, “Science is broken”, 07 November, 2017, Link (
  26. Scott Atran, “Alt-Right or jihad?”, 06 November, 2017, Link (
  27. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, “Music is not for ears”, 02 November, 2017, Link (
  28. Jeremy Adelman, “Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous”, 01 November, 2017, Link (
  29. Bryan W Van Norden, “Western philosophy is racist”, 31 October, 2017, Link (
  30. Chris Barker, “Should life in jail be worse than outside, on principle?”, 31 October, 2017, Link (
  31. James McConnachie, “Be amazed”, 30 October, 2017, Link (
  32. Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers, “How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women”, 26 May, 2017, Link (
  33. Vicki Larson, “Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges”, 16 May, 2017, Link (
  34. Skye C Cleary, “Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today”, 10 March, 2017, Link (
  35. Joel Mokyr, “How Europe became so rich”, 15 February, 2017, Link (
  36. Richard W Orange, “Latte pappas”, 18 January, 2017, Link (
  37. David Farrier, “Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces”, 31 October, 2016, Link (
  38. Joyce E Chaplin, “The hand-held’s tale”, 16 October, 2015, Link (
  39. Ted Scheinman, “What lies beneath”, 28 July, 2015, Link (
  40. Stewart Brand, “Rethinking extinction”, 21 April, 2015, Link (
  41. Dimitris Xygalatas, “Trial by fire”, 19 September, 2014, Link (
  42. D. Watkins, “Stoop stories”, 26 June, 2014, Link (
  43. Sarah Scoles, “Galactic position system”, 20 May, 2014, Link (
  44. Thomas Wells, “Votes for the future”, 08 May, 2014, Link (
  45. Peter Whiteley, “The fire burns yet”, 25 November, 2013, Link (
  46. Tim Parks, “Inner peace”, 26 July, 2013, Link (
  47. Julian Baggini, “I still love Kierkegaard”, 06 May, 2013, Link (
  48. Helen Macdonald, “Nest of spies”, 26 February, 2013, Link (
  49. John Quiggin, “This world is enough”, 15 January, 2013, Link (
  50. Stephen J Pyne, “The ice inferno”, 11 January, 2013, Link (

In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Footnote 7:
  • I don’t have a Note on Ethics per se, but
  • I do have a Note on the allegation that Personal Identity is a Forensic Property of the individual.
  • I’ve also included those topics – like “the good life” – that tend to feature in ethics courses.
Footnote 11:
  • This will probably include general philosophy until a get a critical mass for further categories.
Footnote 13:
  • This is a bucket-list for those items under the topic of Personal Identity that aren’t broken out under other categories.
  • See the full Jump Table here.
Footnote 23:
  • I don’t yet have a note for sexual Identity.
  • Some of these Papers may really belong under Politics.
Footnote 42:
  • The main Note is this one.
  • However, I intend to include such matters as Neuroscience and AI under this head, where they are relevant to hopes of Transhumanism.
Footnote 43:
  • I’ll need to re-house those items that are nothing to do with Transhumanism.
  • Currently, anything to do with computing or the internet appears here.

Note last updated: 02/11/2018 11:00:58

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