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Status: Summary (2018 - March)

(Text as at 05/04/2018 10:48:00)

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Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future24

1. Personal Identity25
  1. Continue with my Thesis26; 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 227 (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 528 (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. Complete running through relevant pages from Robert O. Doyle.
  5. Chapter 629 (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.
    10. Complete "Rodger (Daniel), Blackshaw (Bruce P.) & Wilcox (Clinton) - Why arguments against infanticide remain convincing" and other works on infanticide.
  6. Chapter 730 (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 1031 (Thought Experiments):-
    1. Investigate Transhumanism32.
    2. In particular,
      1. Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
      2. Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
      3. Review "Rowson (Jonathan) - Deep Thinking?",
      4. Complete "Silver (David), Etc. - Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm" and related papers,
      5. Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun".
      6. Complete:-
        "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'",
        "Price (Huw), Cave (Stephen), Iida (Fumiya), Etc. - Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us: Part 1",
        "Price (Huw), Cave (Stephen), Iida (Fumiya), Etc. - Preparing for the future: artificial intelligence and us: Part 2",
  8. Chapter 1133 (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".
    5. Write a file-note on "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk".
  9. As background tasks:-
    1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc34 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 "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind",
    6. Write a file-note on "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children",
    7. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
    8. Continue reading and reviewing35 papers issued by Aeon,
    9. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon,
    10. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core36.

2. Web-tools37
  1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Architecture
      1. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        3. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        4. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        5. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
      2. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
    • Authors
      1. Authors Narrative: enable footnotes.
    • Books/Papers
      1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
    • Documenter
      1. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
    • Education
      1. Investigate Bootstrap.
      2. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
      3. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      4. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
      5. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - 2018 Admin + Set-Up" (consider accreditation).
      6. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
    • Footnotes
      1. Enable the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note38. Currently, they appear twice.
    • Infrastructure
      1. Migration of Website from UKServers to Namesco. Test out.
    • Notes
      1. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      2. Create automatic39 key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity")
      3. Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
      4. Investigate Note_Links: needs versioning, and section of calling Note
      5. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      6. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      7. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
    • Papers
      1. Create password-protected area to hold pdfs, and links thereto.
    • Process
      1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
    • Spider
      1. Spider keeps generating WebRefs. Suspect it's where I change the URL in the WebRefs table - the Spider creates another WebRef with the superceded URL. Procedurally, this ought not to be possible.
    • Status
      1. Add extra items to Functors to facilitate Quarterly Reporting.
    • WebRefs
      1. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-

3. Philosophy of Religion40
  1. Philosophy of Religion:
    1. Continue reading "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life",
    2. Review "Oppy (Graham) - An Argument for Atheism From Naturalism".
    3. Continue reading the Blog "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος".
  2. Resurrection: Read "Knohl (Israel) - Messiahs and Resurrection in 'The Gabriel Revelation'" and associated papers.
  3. Background:
    1. Read appropriate items from Aeon41.
    2. Attend OBT Conference: “How to Read the Bible with Greater Confidence” on 14th April (OBT: How to Read the Bible with Greater Confidence).

4. Consciousness42
  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 Aeon43.

5. Languages44
  1. Italian: for trip to Otranto in May/June 2018.
    "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)",

6. Music45
  1. Oboe:-
    1. Practice the oboe for one or 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.
    4. Run through the Enigma Ensemble portfolio, practicing the active pieces.
    5. 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)".
    6. Catch up on Grade VI pieces, in particular Boni’s Sonata in G.
    7. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by Martin Schuring.
    8. 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 2",
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1": do the exercises
    "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
  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 material46.

7. Mathematics47
  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. HiQ48
  1. ISPE

9. Bridge49
  1. Hand over residual responsibilities to Petra.
  2. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".

10. Chess50:
  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 13: Footnote 14: Footnote 15: Footnote 19: Footnote 20: Footnote 21: Footnote 22: Footnote 24: Footnote 35: Footnote 38: Footnote 39: Footnote 46: Ie. The following:-


Live Version of this Archived Note

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10/10/2018 16:43:41 25851 Status: Summary (2018 - September)


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 74)

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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)
02/07/2015 23:12:29 19086 Status: Summary (2015 - June)
23/04/2015 21:14:24 15745 Status: Summary (2015 - March)


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Aeon Papers - Summary Document (2) 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 (2018 - March) (2) Status: Personal Identity (2018 - March) (2)
Status: Philosophy of Religion (2018 - March) (2) Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2018 - March) Status: Summary - Time Analysis (2018 - March) Status: Summary Task List (2018: January - March) Status: Web-Tools (2018 - March) (2)
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 - Journals Thesis - Outline Transhumanism

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