<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head> <meta charset="utf-8"> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /> <title>Note: Blog (Theo Todman's Web Page)</title> </head><body> <a name="Top"></a> <h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages</h1><hr><h2>Blog</h2><p class = "Centered">(Text as at 22/02/2009 15:17:17)<br><br>(For other versions of this Note, see the <a href="#LiveVersion">tables at the end</a>)</p><hr> <P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">This continues to evolve over time, though suffers from long periods of stasis. I'm not sure whether it should count as a  real blog, but I intend it as a general dumping ground for discussions that don t obviously fit elsewhere, or which are hidden about the site but to which I wish to draw attention. <BR><BR>The entire blog and the individual entries use my patent  <B>Note</B> technology which I developed for my more formally philosophical investigations into Personal Identity, which is why it comes with the usual cross-referencing baggage, though the reading-lists are usually switched off. Here is the  <A HREF="../Notes_Jump_5.htm">Jump Table</A> for the entire Blog, which allows quick access to the various sub-topics. One day I may make these tables topic-specific, but currently I think the cross-pollination a potential  good thing . <BR><BR>For a printable version of the entire Blog, click <A HREF="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_268_7_P_39866637.htm" TARGET = "_top">here</A>. Individual notes will say if they have a printable version. If there is none advertised, you can always cut and paste the relevant bit of the printable version of the full blog into your favourite word-processor, and print that. The motivation behind the  unprintable versions is the hyper-linking, more relevant in some texts than others. If a word is underlined and followed by a superscript, clicking on the underlined word will usually lead to further enlightenment or obfuscation. A word that is underlined but followed by a subscript links to a note that is still  in progress , so if clicked will return a polite  private message.<BR><BR>Some of these entries are discussions between me and a respondent. Comments that belong to the respondent appear in a different colour, a rather nasty shade of <FONT COLOR = "800080">purple</FONT>. To allow for candour, I ve in general not been explicit about the identities of correspondents, though those who know me well may be able to make deductions in some cases. If anyone wants their identity revealed (or even further disguised), no doubt they will let me know. <BR><BR><CENTER><TABLE class = "ReadingList" WIDTH=950><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <B>Date</B></TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> <B>Topic</B></TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <B>Reference</B></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 21<SUP>st</SUP> February 2009</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> I was idly watching TV while eating my dinner circa midnight last Tuesday, when a program on Identical Triplets came on ITV1. Just slotted in was a claim and supposed experiment to show that if one triplet feels pain, the others do, at least subliminally. This must have been a spoof, but was completely straight-faced. Follow the link opposite for more information, and my reasoning behind being unwilling to be convinced by the facts. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="1"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_8/Notes_833_39866637.htm">Text</A><SUP>1</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_8/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_833_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 14<SUP>th</SUP> February 2009</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> I received an email from Philos_List requesting submissions for the world s worst argument. A suggested candidate was that from a creationist group, suggesting that the banana is a good illustration of the  Paley s watch argument. Follow the link for the background, and my thoughts. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="2"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_8/Notes_832_39859439.htm">Text</A><SUP>2</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_8/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_832_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 14<SUP>th</SUP> February 2009</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> Julie received an email petition asking for  something to be done about the plan to settle the killers of Jamie Bulger in Australia. This is a complex moral issue. Follow the link for my thoughts, though I m not altogether comfortable with them. In fact, it turns out that the email has been circulating aimlessly for 8 years, and contains numerous inaccuracies. I wish I d just binned it. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="3"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_8/Notes_820_39859439.htm">Text</A><SUP>3</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_8/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_820_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 29<SUP>th</SUP> April 2008</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> A bridge friend forwarded on to me a circular email raving about certain aspects of the <I>Coldplay</I> video <I>The Hardest Part</I>, available on <I>YouTube</I>. The comments seemed to miss the import of the video (indeed, to get it completely round the wrong way)  but the affair raises some interesting questions in philosophical aesthetics on which I d welcome the thoughts of experts. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="4"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_8/Notes_811_39571460.htm">Text</A><SUP>4</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_8/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_811_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 29<SUP>th</SUP> November 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> I got this question from Sylvia:  I remember you saying you were never persuaded by the  mad, bad or God argument. This has cropped up a couple of times recently, and I can t remember what your alternative is. Do you mention this on your website somewhere, and if so, where? .</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="5"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_7/Notes_767_39415789.htm">Text</A><SUP>5</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_7/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_767_0_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 17<SUP>th</SUP> August 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> Another out of the blue query  this time about the interaction of Ethics with Personal Identity.</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="6"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_540_39313482.htm">Text</A><SUP>6</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_5/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_540_6_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 15<SUP>th</SUP> August 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> An out of the blue query about Carthusians, and subsequent correspondence. Someone does look at my website after all.</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="7"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_535_39313482.htm">Text</A><SUP>7</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_5/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_535_6_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 14<SUP>th</SUP> August 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> Another Oldie. An email from a friend I d not heard from for 10 years at least. His email address now bounces, so this is by way of a response to an interrupted discussion.</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="8"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_5/Notes_539_39313482.htm">Text</A><SUP>8</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_5/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_539_6_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 4<SUP>th</SUP> August 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> This entry antedates those that precede it, but is still on-going. It is a discussion between me and a friend and former HSBC colleague who now lives with his family in New York. His 16-year-old daughter had just become a Christian, and he needs some philosophical counselling. It is unusual in being initiated by a respondent. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="9"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_3/Notes_395_39306429.htm">Text</A><SUP>9</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_3/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_395_4_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 23<SUP>rd</SUP> July 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> Herewith the account of some vicissitudes on an impromptu holiday to Spain.</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="10"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_3/Notes_360_39351862.htm">Text</A><SUP>10</SUP><BR><A HREF="../Notes_3/Notes_Print/NotesPrint_360_4_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 22<SUP>nd</SUP> July 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> This is my list of worries about the Bible. It s only here because it s got no other home to go to. It s not worth reading as I ve only just started it (chapters on which I ve something to say are indicated by superscripted hyperlinks). I intend to produce a parallel, but even more nave, commentary on the Koran, which I hope will not involve me in the receipt of a fatwa. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="11"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_2/Notes_290_39306429.htm">Text</A><SUP>11</SUP><BR><A HREF="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_290_4_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A><BR><A HREF="Notes_Jump_7.htm">Jump Table</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 15<SUP>th</SUP> July 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> The account of a discussion with some old friends, followed by an outreach meeting at a Baptist Church. Sounds dull, but such events can be important. There are some affinities with the item below. </TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="12"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_2/Notes_288_39306429.htm">Text</A><SUP>12</SUP><BR><A HREF="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_288_4_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 7<SUP>th</SUP> July 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> Today I had a discussion on the topic of  Why I am no longer an active Christian . Here is an attempted account of the discussion, together with some general points about extempore debate.</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> <a name="13"></a><A HREF = "../Notes_2/Notes_272_39351862.htm">Text</A><SUP>13</SUP><BR><A HREF="Notes_Print/NotesPrint_272_4_P.htm" TARGET = "_top">Printable</A></TD></TR><TR><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="15%"> 11<SUP>th</SUP> May 2007</TD><TD class = "BridgeLeft" WIDTH="70%"> At a former colleague s retirement lunch, we got talking about the menu, which lead on to the topic of vegetarianism, to which persuasion my friend was persuaded. He loaned me a book, <a name="15"></a>"<A HREF = "../../BookSummaries/BookSummary_01/BookPaperAbstracts/BookPaperAbstracts_1611.htm">Ishiguro (Kazuo) - Never Let Me Go</A>", which I read with some interest, but wasn t fully clear on the connection. So, I jotted down some notes, emailed them off, and awaited feedback. To date, none has come, of course. 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WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_2/Notes_290_39306429.htm">Bible  Pluses and Minuses</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_5/Notes_535_39313482.htm">Carthusians - Hugh</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_811_39571460.htm">Coldplay - The Hardest Part</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_832_39859439.htm">Creationist Bananas</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_5/Notes_539_39313482.htm">Gordon</A></TD> </TR> <TR> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_2/Notes_288_39306429.htm">Jack and Sheila</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_8/Notes_820_39859439.htm">Jamie Bulger's Killers</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_7/Notes_767_39415789.htm">Mad, Bad or God?</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_2/Notes_269_39306429.htm">Never Let Me Go</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="20%"><A href = "../../Notes/Notes_5/Notes_540_39313482.htm">Personal Identity and Moral 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