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Status: Summary (2017 - September)

(Text as at 09/10/2017 23:25:26)

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Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future19
  1. Personal Identity20
    1. Continue with my Thesis21; in particular fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
    2. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on those with least content.
    3. Revise the Note describing my Current Beliefs22 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    4. Chapter 223 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. Human Beings: "Johnston (Mark) - "Human Beings" Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal".
      2. Selves:-
        1. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit",
        2. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person".
    5. Chapter 624 (Animalism). Focussing on:-
      1. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
      2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
      3. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining",
      6. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      7. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
      8. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      9. Review the work of Elselijn Kingma.
    6. Chapter 725 (The Constitution View):-
      1. Start a serious review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View", my other core text.
      2. Read and review "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul".
      3. Write a Note on "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator".
    7. Chapter 1026 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism27.
      2. In particular,
        → Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
        → Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
        → Review "Rowson (Jonathan) - Deep Thinking?",
        → Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun".
    8. Chapter 1128 (Resurrection):-
      1. Start a thorough review of "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death",
      2. Start a review of "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death", especially
        "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      3. Start a review of "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death", especially
        "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
      4. Read and review "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife",
      5. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival".
    9. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc29. to Notes,
      2. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      3. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      4. Complete "Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging",
      5. Complete "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past", and send to Sophie
      6. Continue reading and reviewing papers issued by Aeon,
      7. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR30.
  2. Philosophy of Religion31.
    1. Philosophy of Religion: Read "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life".
    2. Resurrection:
    3. Background:
      • Read appropriate items from Aeon.
      • Attend the OBT Conference at St. John’s on Jesus in the Old Testament.
  3. Web-tools32
  4. Consciousness34
    1. Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    2. Re-read and review notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind",
    3. Read appropriate papers from Aeon.
  5. Bridge35
    1. Keep in touch with the Bridge scene, if possible.
    2. Probably attend the ECBA Committee meeting on 1st November.
    3. Bridge Study36:-
  6. Chess37:
    1. Play the occasional training game against my Monte Carlo Mephisto.
    2. Get to grips with Chessmaster – Grandmaster Edition.
    3. Undertake a quick third run through of "Martin (Andrew) - The Basics of Winning Chess", and write brief notes.
    4. Complete a first run-through of "Aagaard (Jacob) - Basic Positional Ideas".
    5. Continue reading "Hearst (Eliot) & Knott (John) - Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records and Important Games", and try to learn how to play blindfold38 chess.
    6. Start a serious study of "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings".
    7. Read new copies of, and review old copies of, "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.
  7. Languages39
    1. Italian: for trip to Otranto in May/June 2018.
      "Wilkes (Angela) & Shackell (John) - Italian for Beginners",
      "Freeth (Mariolina) & Checketts (Giuliana) - Contatti 1: A First Course in Italian",
      "BBC - Italianissimo: Beginners Teacher's Edition", and
      "Lonely Planet - Italian (Lonely Planet Fast Talk)".
    2. Thai:
      "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners", and
      "thailanguagewiki - Thai Language Wiki".
  8. Music40
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Attend the 6 sessions of The Enigma Ensemble. Working towards …
      2. Concert at Abbeyfield retirement home (date to be arranged).
      3. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      4. Practice the oboe for 30 minutes every day – focussing on the above and …
      5. Occasionally try longer sessions to build up stamina further.
      6. Work through, and perfect, Grades 1-6 of "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)".
      7. Perfect all the 12 items in "Van Beringen (Robert) - Festive Baroque - Oboe Solo (with Piano Accompaniment; and CD)".
      8. Work through "Langey (Otto) - The Oboe: Practical Tutor for the Oboe and Cor Anglais".
      9. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Complete working through "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano", and
      2. Try to play by ear, using for inspiration:-
        "Cannel (Ward) & Marx (Fred) - How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is and How to Make It at Home".
    3. Theory: Prepare for Grade 5 Theory, so:-
      1. Study "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1", and
      2. Run through:-
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4", and
        "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5".
    4. Aural:
      1. Run through "ABRSM - Aural Training In Practice: Book 1 - Grades 1-3"
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by reading:-
        "Wikipedia - Absolute Pitch, Relatice Pitch & Ear Training" and
        "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material41.
  9. Mathematics42
    1. Read papers from Aeon as they arise.
    2. Take a look at "Brilliant - brilliant.org".
    3. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics",
    4. Study43 "Hamilton (Lawrence) - Modern Data Analysis: A First Course in Applied Statistics", and
    5. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics".
  10. HiQ44
    1. ISPE



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 1: Footnote 2: Footnote 11: Footnote 17: Footnote 19: In the light of the segregation of my projects into three tiers, items for tertiary projects are only to be addressed if everything of higher priority is in shape.

Footnote 33: Maybe without the final project.

Footnote 36: There may not be time or enthusiasm for much of this!

Footnote 38: Footnote 41: Ie. The following:- Footnote 43:


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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 72)

Date Length Title
20/07/2017 14:34:05 14678 Status: Summary (2017 - June)
10/04/2017 23:38:24 14950 Status: Summary (2017 - March)
14/01/2017 20:18:14 18353 Status: Summary (2016 - December)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 17222 Status: Summary (2016 - September)
21/07/2016 16:12:00 16905 Status: Summary (2016 - June)
05/04/2016 23:19:41 16948 Status: Summary (2016 - March)
07/01/2016 00:59:02 16953 Status: Summary (2015 - December)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 18284 Status: Summary (2015 - September)
02/07/2015 23:12:29 19086 Status: Summary (2015 - June)
23/04/2015 21:14:24 15745 Status: Summary (2015 - March)
13/01/2015 19:07:41 14855 Status: Summary (2014 - December)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 12783 Status: Summary (2014 - September)



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