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Status: Summary (2017 - June)

(Text as at 20/07/2017 14:34:05)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


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. Chapter 222 (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".
    4. Chapter 623 (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".
    5. Chapter 724 (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".
    6. Chapter 1025 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism26.
      2. In particular,
        → Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
        → Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" and "Kasparov (Garry) - Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins",
        → Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun".
    7. Chapter 1127 (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".
    8. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc28. 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. Continue reading and reviewing papers issued by "Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon",
      6. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR29.
  2. Philosophy of Religion30.
    1. Philosophy of Religion: Read "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life".
    2. Resurrection: Continue with "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry".
    3. Background: Read appropriate items from "Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon".
  3. Web-tools31
  4. Consciousness32
    1. Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    2. Read appropriate papers from "Hains (Brigid) & Hains (Paul) - Aeon".
  5. Bridge33
    1. Play twice a week in clubs, and in National competitions, but to keep “within budget” it is essential that I don’t get involved in lengthy post-mortems.
    2. Up-coming competitions:
      • Felixstowe Swiss Pairs (Saturday 30th September): Ware; partner unknown.
      • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs / Teams (Saturday / Sunday 23-24th September): Ware; partner unknown.
      • Essex / Herts Swiss Pairs (Saturday 22nd July): Ware, with David.
      • London Swiss Teams (Sunday 16th July): With Albert, plus PS & PJ.
      • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 2nd July): With David.
    3. Bridge Study34:-
  6. Chess35: Note36.
    1. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine".
  7. Languages37
    1. Thai: "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners".
    2. Turkish: "Celen-Pollard (Asuman) & Pollard (David) - Turkish (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) + CD".
  8. Music38
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Attend the 5 sessions of The Enigma Ensemble. Working towards …
      2. Concert at Michael’s Up River Yacht Club Regatta on Sunday 10th September.
      3. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio.
      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 "Langey (Otto) - The Oboe: Practical Tutor for the Oboe and Cor Anglais".
      7. Practice Mozart’s Gran Partita.
      8. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. General Reading: Continue with "Gardiner (John Eliot) - Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach".
  9. Mathematics39
    1. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics",
    2. Study40 "Hamilton (Lawrence) - Modern Data Analysis: A First Course in Applied Statistics".
    3. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics", and
    4. Continue reading "MacKinnon (Robert F.) - Bridge, Probability & Information".
  10. HiQ41
    1. Engage with:-
      "ISPE - The Thousander", and
      "ISPE - Telicom"
    2. Chase up the result of the ISPE entry test I submitted.



In-Page Footnotes:

Footnote 1: Footnote 2: As noted above, since the contents of the groups changes over time, this justification for their segregation isn’t entirely accurate.

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

Footnote 36: Now this project has been down-prioritised, I’ve chopped potential actions down to a minimum.

Footnote 40: A decent knowledge of statistics is essential to many of my projects, so I ought to get back into it. This is a gentle introduction.


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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 71)

Date Length Title
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)
04/07/2014 22:46:34 11822 Status: Summary (2014 - June)



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