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Status: Personal Identity (2016 - March)

(Text as at 05/04/2016 23:19:41)

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Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during January – March 2016
  1. I spent 164 hours in 1Q16 on my Thesis or Thesis-related work (420 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2015). That’s 70% of the planned effort (89% YTD). Overall, 25% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 33% YTD) – as against 35% planned (35% YTD). This was a disappointment after last month, and was downto an increased focus on Web Tools and Bridge.
  2. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List (Click Here4).
  3. This quarter, effort was yet again expended on a vast number of tasks, as listed in the task list below, but key items immediately follow …
  4. Enhanced my Notes on:-
  5. Discovered Claxton (Guy) and bought another couple of his books. I’m hoping "Claxton (Guy) - Intelligence in the Flesh: Why Your Mind Needs Your Body Much More Than it Thinks" will provide an antidote to the brain transplant intuition, a thorn in the side of animalism.
  6. Additionally, purchased – and started reading – the following books:-
    "Korsgaard (Christine) - Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity", and
    "Lowe (E.J.) - More Kinds of Being: A Further Study of Individuation, Identity and the Logic of Sortal Terms".
  7. Completed – at long last – an extensive analysis of "Johnston (Mark) - Human Beings".
  8. Reviewed "Stewart-Williams (Steve) - On the Origin of Afterlife Beliefs by Means of Memetic Selection".
  9. Continued reviewing "Olson (Eric) - Psychology and Personal Identity".
  10. Took a good look at "Cerullo (Michael A.) - Uploading and Branching Identity".
  11. Converted some old write-ups to Note form, including:-
    "Aristotle - De Interpretatione, Chapter 9", and
    "Williams (Bernard) - The Self and the Future".
  12. Made minor updates to most chapters of my Thesis.
  13. As background activities,
  14. More detail follows:-

Thesis (Total Hours = 128.75)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 122.75)
  2. Thesis - Discussions
  3. Thesis - Lectures
  4. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 5)


Thesis Background (Total Hours = 35.75)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 24.5)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 6.75)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books - Computing Categorisation (2.25 hours)
    • "Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements)" (0.25 hours)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements) - Blackmore (1.75 hours)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements) - Springer Downloads (1 hour)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements) - Westermarck (1.5 hours)
  3. Thesis Background - Status

Plans for the Near Future – Top Priority Tasks
Summary of Progress to Date

This was hived off to a separate Note20 back in 2010, and hasn’t changed much since.



In-Page Footnotes

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Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
20/07/2017 14:34:05 14289 Status: Personal Identity (2017 - June)


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 60)

Date Length Title
07/01/2016 00:59:02 14575 Status: Personal Identity (2015 - December)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 12172 Status: Personal Identity (2015 - September)
02/07/2015 23:12:29 11211 Status: Personal Identity (2015 - June)
23/04/2015 21:14:24 12429 Status: Personal Identity (2015 - March)
13/01/2015 19:07:41 11235 Status: Personal Identity (2014 - December)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 9534 Status: Personal Identity (2014 - September)
04/07/2014 22:46:34 8565 Status: Personal Identity (2014 - June)
04/04/2014 19:03:22 6107 Status: Personal Identity (2014 - March)
14/01/2014 17:57:07 11961 Status: Personal Identity (2013 - December)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 6552 Status: Personal Identity (2013 - September)
02/07/2013 14:12:29 5904 Status: Personal Identity (2013 - June)
14/04/2013 13:58:05 4832 Status: Personal Identity (2013 - March)


Table of the 4 Later Versions of this Note

Date Length Title
10/04/2017 23:38:24 12285 Status: Personal Identity (2017 - March)
14/01/2017 20:18:14 10076 Status: Personal Identity (2016 - December)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 6660 Status: Personal Identity (2016 - September)
21/07/2016 16:12:00 9314 Status: Personal Identity (2016 - June)



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Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Corpses Human Beings Ivan Ilych Kinds Natural Kinds
Non-Human Persons Status: Personal Identity (Summary of Progress to Date) Status: Philosophy of Religion (2016 - March) Status: Summary Task List (2016: January - March) Status: Thesis Dashboard (2016: March)
Status: Web-Tools (2016 - March) Theo Todman's BA Papers Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?) Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It) Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It)
Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection) Thesis - Later Reading Thesis - Outline (2) . .

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Consciousness Studies (2016 - March) Status: Summary (2016 - March), 2 Status: Summary Task List (2016: January - March) Theo Todman's Philosophy Page Theo Todman's Philosophy Research Papers

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