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Status: Summary (2017 - December)

(Text as at 05/01/2018 00:11:31)

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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. Make progress on specific Chapters, using the materials below →
    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 523 (Persistence and Time). Focussing on:-
      1. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry",
      2. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
      3. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity",
      4. Complete "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past", and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter.
    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?",
        → Complete "Silver (David), Etc. - Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm" and related papers,
        → 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", and
        "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. Continue reading "O'Neill (Cathy) - Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy",
      6. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      7. Continue reading and reviewing30 papers issued by Aeon,
      8. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon,
      9. Read "Edmonds (David) & Eidinow (John) - Wittgenstein's Poker",
      10. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR31 & Cambridge Core.
  2. Philosophy of Religion32.
    1. Philosophy of Religion: Read "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life".
    2. Resurrection:
      1. Do my best to review "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2".
      2. Continue with "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry".
      3. Read & research "Knohl (Israel) - Messiahs and Resurrection in 'The Gabriel Revelation'".
    3. Background: Read appropriate items from Aeon33.
  3. Web-tools34
    1. Own Website:
      1. The following items require urgent attention:-
        1. Provide a facility to embed Notes in others – use for “disclaimers” etc.
        2. WebRefs:
          → Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
          → Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
          → Fix historical problems whereby the URL returned differs from that requested.
        3. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        4. Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
        5. Determine why Recalc & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
        6. Allow "Quadruple-plus" Note-link for Papers and Notes embedded in Papers.
        7. Load 3rd-party pdfs etc into password protected area.
        8. Fix Bug in Documenter – widgets between double-quotes should be ignored.
      2. Otherwise, it’s mostly on hold. I need to check what needs to be done, by comparing and consolidating three lists:-
        Outstanding Items Document35,
        Progress to Date36,
        → Development Log in the generator itself.
    2. Education:
      1. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - 2018 Admin + Set-Up" (consider accreditation).
      2. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      3. Investigate Bootstrap.
      4. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      5. Read:-
        1. "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World",
        2. "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
    3. Bridge Websites: Close down / complete hand-over:-
      1. ECBA Website (Link)
      2. Small Clubs Websites (Essex Bridge Results, Link, "Admin - Bridge - Joint Project"):
      3. Bernie’s Website (First Class Bridge)
      4. Provide Alaric with cut-down database for the “Joint Project”
    4. Other Initiatives:
      1. Upgrade my Facebook page ("Facebook - Understand Facebook & Build Personal Facebook Page") using "Abram (Carolyn) - Facebook for Dummies: Fifth Edition" for inspiration / guidance.
      2. Upgrade PDFelement to version 6.
  4. Consciousness37
    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. Languages38
    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",
      "Lonely Planet - Italian (Lonely Planet Fast Talk)", and
      "Duolingo - Duolingo Italian".
    2. Thai:
      "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners", and
      "thailanguagewiki - Thai Language Wiki".
    3. Turkish:
      "Celen-Pollard (Asuman) & Pollard (David) - Turkish (Teach Yourself Complete Courses)",
      "Duolingo - Duolingo Turkish"
  6. Music39
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into one hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the 6 sessions of The Enigma Ensemble. Working towards …
      4. Concert at Abbeyfield retirement home (date to be arranged).
      5. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
      6. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios for Grades I-VI, using
        "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall Scales & Arpeggios for Oboe (Grades 1–8)", and
        "ABRSM - Scales and Arpeggios for Oboe, Grades 1-8 (ABRSM Scales & Arpeggios)".
      7. Catch up on Grade VI pieces, in particular Boni’s Sonata in G.
      8. Perfect all the 12 items in "Van Beringen (Robert) - Festive Baroque - Oboe Solo".
      9. Work through "Langey (Otto) - The Oboe: Practical Tutor for the Oboe and Cor Anglais".
      10. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
      11. 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 study:-
      "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1".
    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 material40.
  7. Mathematics41
    1. Read papers from Aeon as they arise.
    2. Browse "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics",
    3. Complete reading "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics".
  8. HiQ42
    1. ISPE
  9. Bridge43
    1. Hand over residual responsibilities to Petra.
    2. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  10. Chess44:
    1. Read new copies of, and review old copies of, "Chess - Chess Magazine"; work through the “How Good Is Your Chess” articles.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Footnote 9: Footnote 16: 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 30: Footnote 40: Ie. The following:-


Live Version of this Archived Note

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


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 73)

Date Length Title
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)
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)


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05/04/2018 10:48:00 19590 Status: Summary (2018 - March)



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Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Aeon Papers - Summary Document Status: Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2018) Status: Bridge (2017 - September) (2) Status: Chess (2017 - September) (2) Status: Consciousness Studies (2017 - September) (2)
Status: HiQ (2017 - September) (2) Status: Languages (2017 - September) (2) Status: Mathematics (2017 - September) (2) Status: Music (2017 - December) (2) Status: Personal Identity (2017 - December) (2)
Status: Philosophy of Religion (2017 - December) (2) Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2017 - December) Status: Summary - Time Analysis (2017 - December) Status: Summary Task List (2017: October - December) Status: Web-Tools (2017 - December) (2)
Status: Web-Tools (Summary of Progress to Date) Theo Todman's BA Papers Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It)
Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments) Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection) Thesis - Later Reading Thesis - Outline
Transhumanism Website - Outstanding Developments (2017 - March) . . .

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