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Status: Summary (2015 - June)

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Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future18
  1. Personal Identity19
    1. Continue with my Thesis20; 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 little / no content other than a reading list.
    3. For Chapter_521 (Persistence and Time), review:-
      1. "Dainton (Barry) - Time and Space",
      2. "Harrison (Jonathan) - Analysis Problem No. 18: 'Jocasta's Crime'",
      3. "Denruyter (Celine) - Jocasta's Crime: A Science-Fiction Reply: [Analysis 'Problem' no. 18]",
      4. "Ehring (Douglas) - Personal Identity and Time Travel",
      5. "Flew (Anthony) - Time Travel and the Paranormal",
      6. "Godfrey-Smith (William) - Travelling in Time",
      7. "Harrison (Jonathan) - Report on Analysis 'Problem' no. 18",
      8. "Levin (Margarita R.) - Swords' Points: [Analysis 'Problem' no. 18]",
      9. "Miller (Kristie) - Travelling in Time: How to Wholly Exist in Two Places at the Same Time",
      10. "Richmond (Alasdair) - Time-Travel Fictions and Philosophy",
      11. "Wright (John) - Personal Identity, Fission and Time Travel".
    4. Start serious work on Chapter_622 (Animalism). In this regard:-
      1. Incorporate electronic write-up text into the Chapter and associated Notes.
      2. Do the same for marginal annotations, converting them to write-ups first (if appropriate). Leave un-annotated papers alone for now, the exceptions being …
      3. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
      4. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
      5. "Bermudez (Jose Luis) - Thinking Without Words",
      6. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      7. "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal", but first complete a review of
      8. "Johnston (Mark) - Human Beings",
      9. "Moran (Alexander P.) - Animalism and the Thinking Parts Problem",
      10. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      11. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining",
      12. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      13. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
      14. "Sutton (Catherine S.) - The Supervenience Solution to the Too-Many-Thinkers Problem".
    5. Do the same for Chapter_723 (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", and review ...
      3. "Sutton (Catherine S.) - Colocated Objects, Tally-Ho: A Solution to the Grounding Problem",
      4. "Sutton (Catherine S.) - Composition as Identity - A Resource Page".
    6. For Chapter_1124 (Resurrection):-
      1. Start a thorough review of "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death",
      2. In particular, complete the write-up of "Olson (Eric) - Life After Death and the Devastation of the Grave", and
      3. Compare & contrast it with "Olson (Eric) - Immanent Causation and Life After Death",
      4. Start a review of "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death", especially
      5. "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
      6. Read and review "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife",
      7. "Chappell (Sophie Grace), Chappell (Tim) - Seeds: On Personal Identity and the Resurrection",
      8. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival",
      9. Attend the MOOC "Ogilvie (Daniel M.) & Hamilton (Leonard W.) - Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences", and read / review the ancillary …
      10. "Ogilvie (Daniel M.) - Soul Searching Project",
      11. "Ogilvie (Daniel M.) - A Partial History of Afterlife Beliefs", and
      12. "Ogilvie (Daniel M.) - The Anatomy of Internalized Beliefs".
    7. Metaphysics: Study:-
      1. "Van Inwagen (Peter) - Metaphysics",
      2. "Post (John F.) - Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction", and
      3. "Smith (Quentin) & Oaklander (L. Nathan) - Time, Change and Freedom: An Introduction to Metaphysics".
    8. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc. to Notes,
      2. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      3. Complete "Kamm (Oliver) - Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English Usage",
      4. Complete "Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging",
      5. Read "Dunne (John S.) - City of the Gods: A Study in Myth and Mortality",
      6. Read "Pross (Addy) - What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology",
      7. Attend the MOOC "Leitgeb (Hannes) & Hartmann (Stephan) - Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy",
      8. Read "Genova (Lisa) - Still Alice",
      9. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR25.
  2. Philosophy of Religion26.
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
    2. Resurrection: Continue with "Wright (N.T.) - The Resurrection of the Son of God".
    3. Interaction: Holiday discussion with Mike & Sylvia in September.
    4. Background: Read:-
  3. Web-tools27
  4. Consciousness31
    1. Review my Notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind" recently converted from pdf-based to Note format.
    2. Read "Kahneman (Daniel) - Thinking, Fast and Slow",
    3. Read:-
      1. "O'Brien (Dominic) - How to Develop a Brilliant Memory Week by Week: 50 Proven Ways to Enhance Your Memory Skills", and
      2. "Lorrison (Gary) - Memory: Oxford Centre for the Mind".
  5. Bridge32
    1. To reflect the on-going administrative component, I’ve increased the planned effort-expenditure to 7 hours a week (from 4).
    2. I’ve agreed to organise the SIMS at Hutton on Monday 27th July, and will play with David. We’ll see how this goes, but I’ve currently no time and no intention of playing regularly.
    3. Write a paper33 on “Why Play Bridge”.
    4. Active involvement on the ECBA Committee, but try not to get too involved or over-zealous.
    5. Read a bunch of books and papers recently acquired on the topic of counting the hand, namely:-
      1. "Bourke (Tim) & Smith (Marc), Bird (David) - Countdown to Winning Bridge"
      2. "Lawrence (Mike) - How to read your opponents' cards: The bridge expert's way to locate missing high cards"
      3. "Baston (Jim) - Memory Systems at Bridge"
      4. "Doroshow (Bill) - The One That Got Away"
      5. "Frick (Robert) - The Subtle Joy of Counting (at Bridge)"
      6. "Kniest (Tom) - Count, count, count (at Bridge)"
      7. "Schamehorn (Danny) - Danny’s Musings and the Joy of Counting in Bridge"
      8. "Schutzman (Howard) - Counting Distribution (at Bridge)"
      9. "Walker (Karen) - Developing Counting Skills (at Bridge)"
    6. Study "Kelsey (Hugh) & Glauert (Michael) - Bridge Odds for Practical Players" and discuss with David.
    7. Periodic involvement in Bridge Winners (Bridge Winners).
    8. Study "Mollo (Victor) - Case for the Defence".
    9. Read (or complete) a few books recommended by Dave:-
      1. "Lawrence (Mike) - The Complete Book on Overcalls at Contract Bridge".,
      2. "Kelsey (Hugh) - Deceptive Plays in Bridge", and
      3. "Lawrence (Mike) - How to Play Card Combinations".
  6. Chess34: Note35.
    1. Complete a first run-through of "Aagaard (Jacob) - Basic Positional Ideas".
    2. Continue reading "Hearst (Eliot) & Knott (John) - Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records and Important Games", and try to learn how to play blindfold chess.
    3. Read "Chess - Chess Magazine".
  7. Languages36
    1. Spanish37:-
      1. "Duolingo - Duolingo Spanish",
      2. "Utley (Derek) & Serarols (Maria Assumpta) - BBC Espana Viva - Spanish for Beginners".
    2. Mandarin Chinese38: "Liu (Xiaoyu) - Chinese for Beginners".
  8. Music39
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Attend, The Enigma Ensemble,
      2. Practice 15 minutes every40 day – focussing on the above and …
      3. Occasionally try 30-minute sessions to build up stamina
      4. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book"
      5. Continue with (by transcription where necessary) of Bach’s 2nd Partita for solo violin (from "Bach (J.S.), Szeryng (Henryk) - Sonatas and Partitas: For Solo Violin").
      6. Another run through:-
    2. General Reading: Continue with:-
      1. "Gardiner (John Eliot) - Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach",
      2. "Kenyon (Nicholas) - The Faber Pocket Guide to Bach", and
      3. "Kenyon (Nicholas) - The Faber Pocket Guide to Mozart".
  9. HiQ41
    1. ISPE
      • Sort through and review historical material.
    2. Mensa
      • Sort through and review historical material.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 10: Footnote 15: Footnote 16: Footnote 18: 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 28: Footnote 29: Maybe become a Windows Insider and try to get a cheap upgrade for Julie’s Vista PC?

Footnote 30: Footnote 33: Footnote 35: Now this project has been down-prioritised, I’ve chopped potential actions down to a minimum.

Footnote 37: Footnote 38: I got tempted into starting a Peking University MOOC, via Coursera. Some late-night wind-down!

Footnote 40: It really must be every day (bar the odd defection).


Live Version of this Archived Note

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07/07/2018 11:35:31 23063 Status: Summary (2018 - June)


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 63)

Date Length Title
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)
04/04/2014 19:03:22 11836 Status: Summary (2014 - March)
14/01/2014 17:57:07 12090 Status: Summary (2013 - December)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 13061 Status: Summary (2013 - September)
02/07/2013 14:12:29 12367 Status: Summary (2013 - June)
14/04/2013 13:58:05 13522 Status: Summary (2013 - March)
21/01/2013 12:01:26 38719 Status: Summary (2012 - December)
28/10/2012 10:24:58 36305 Status: Summary (2012 - September)
26/08/2012 20:29:46 26954 Status: Summary (2012 - June)


Table of the 11 Later Versions of this Note

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05/04/2018 10:48:00 19590 Status: Summary (2018 - March)
05/01/2018 00:11:31 16735 Status: Summary (2017 - December)
09/10/2017 23:25:26 17239 Status: Summary (2017 - September)
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)



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Status: Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2015) Status: Bridge (2015 - June) (2) Status: Chess (2015 - March) (2) Status: Consciousness Studies (2014 - September) (2) Status: HiQ (2014 - September) (2)
Status: Languages (2014 - September) (2) Status: Mathematics (2014 - September) Status: Music (2015 - June) (2) Status: Personal Identity (2015 - June) (2) Status: Philosophy of Religion (2015 - June) (2)
Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2015 - June) Status: Summary - Time Analysis (2015 - June) Status: Summary Task List (2015: April - June) Status: Web-Tools (2015 - June) (2) Thesis - Chapter 05 (Persistence and Time)
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