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Status: Personal Identity (2017 - December)

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

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Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during October - December 2017
  1. I spent 308 hours in 4Q17 on my Thesis or Thesis-related work (308 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2017). That’s 106% of the planned effort (106% YTD). Overall, 45% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 45% YTD) – as against 41% planned (41% YTD).
  2. I’d increased my planned effort by about 50% with respect to the previous quarter, yet managed to exceed this budget. This was again enabled by the amount of time liberated as a result of my abandonment of Bridge. Again, maybe unfortunately, this free time and more besides was spent on the item below.
  3. As during the rest of 2017, a considerable amount of time was spent on papers issued under the aegis of Aeon, including maintaining the filing system and the summary Note5. These papers are very interesting, and of wide scope. Not many of them are strictly germane to my research interests, but I continued to read – and where possible remark on – the one or two of interest that appeared daily. I have found this very satisfying and it has raised a lot of issues across a broad range of topics, many relevant to my research. I amended my routines to segregate out in this report (and the Interim Report6) those Aeon articles that are really nothing to do with my research.
  4. I revised the Note describing my Current Beliefs7 on the topic of Personal Identity in the light of Pete’s review. Sophie Botros has agreed to review it as well, when I’ve licked it into shape.
  5. I attempted to read "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", but found it tough-going. I tried reading "Dummett (Michael) - Truth and the Past", as an aid to comprehending the first part, but didn’t get very far.
  6. As Sophie had had her book partly reviewed by Simon J. Evnine, I bought his "Evnine (Simon J.) - Epistemic Dimensions of Personhood" and downloaded other papers. I can’t take this any further for now.
  7. Unfortunately, trouble with the trains meant that I couldn’t attend the Salon run by Oliver Black at his house in Spittalfields at which Edmund Fawcett spoke on “the rise of the political right and its threat to liberal democracy”. Sophie tells me that Edmund is Boris Johnson’s uncle, and that Boris wants to make a reply. I’d be surprised if he has the time, but Sophie seems sure it’ll happen.
  8. As David Wiggins attends the Salon, I bought his latest book: "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity".
  9. I updated quite a number of my Notes. I’ve decided to change my approach in the short term. Rather than spending ages researching the reading lists, I’ll just list those books / papers on the relevant topic that I’ve actually read, and supply brief text. As a second pass I’ll use what I’ve read to update that text.
  10. Discovered (via Aeon) Kristie Miller who – sometimes with her partner David Braddon-Mitchell – has written a lot about persistence. Purchased "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time" & downloaded a lot of other stuff.
  11. Discovered (also via Aeon!) "Kazez (Jean) - The Philosophical Parent: Asking the Hard Questions About Having and Raising Children", which is highly relevant as by elder daughter Becky is scheduled to produce our first grandchild (a boy) at the end of January.
  12. Discovered (also via Aeon!!) "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and had a preliminary email discussion with Pete & Mike. Started a Note8 as a critical review.
  13. Discovered "Silver (David), Etc. - Mastering Chess and Shogi by Self-Play with a General Reinforcement Learning Algorithm" and related papers. Relevant to Transhumanism9.
  14. Checked out in detail "Olson (Eric) - Personal Identity - Oxford Bibliographies Online". Comforting to know I’m not missing anything. Need to assimilate Olson’s brief comments.
  15. Completed "Ayer (A.J.) - More of My Life".
  16. Converted my undergraduate paper on "Jackson (Frank) - Grue" to Note format.
  17. Looked back over:-
    "Todman (Theo) - Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2001/2002 Programme", and
    "Todman (Theo) - Birkbeck Philosophy Society - 2002/2003 Programme".
    One day, I hope to write up my notes of the various papers delivered.
  18. Purchased "O'Neill (Cathy) - Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy", required reading for all new King’s Cambridge entrants.
  19. Catalogued a number of the books downloaded from Springer at the end of 2015.
  20. Discovered I have access to Cambridge Core (Cambridge Core), which allows up-to-date access to 17 philosophy journals, including:-
    Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review)
    Episteme (Episteme)
    Journal of the American Philosophical Association (Journal of the American Philosophical Association)
    Philosophy (Philosophy)
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements)
    Think (Think)
    There are also a great number of books available for download. I need to avoid distraction, but if there’s a book by CUP I need, and it’s here, then it’s a good place to go!
  21. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List10. More detail follows:-

Thesis (Total Hours = 174.25)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 154.5)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hours = 3)
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 10)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Attendance) (Total Hours = 4.25)
    • Oliver's Salon - Abortive Trip (1.25 hours)
    • Sophie's Book Launch - Discussion (3 hours)
  5. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
    • Sophie's Book Launch - Journey + Planning (2.25 hours)
  6. Thesis - Seminars (Writing)

Thesis Background (Total Hours = 69)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 51.5)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 11.5)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books - Invesigate Cambridge Core (0.5 hours)
    • "Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements)" (1.25 hours)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements) - John Earman (1.5 hours)
    • Admin - Catalogue Papers and Books (including Abstract improvements) - Springer Downloads (3.75 hours)
    • Admin - Sort out - New Chest of Drawers & Filing Cabinet (4.5 hours)
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 6)

Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 64.5)
Plans for the Near Future – Top Priority Tasks
Summary of Progress to Date

This was hived off to a separate Note26 back in 2010, and hasn’t changed much since.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 11: Footnote 12: Footnote 24:


Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
05/04/2018 10:48:00 17614 Status: Personal Identity (2018 - March)


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 67)

Date Length Title
09/10/2017 23:25:26 19614 Status: Personal Identity (2017 - September)
20/07/2017 14:34:05 14289 Status: Personal Identity (2017 - June)
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)
05/04/2016 23:19:41 9873 Status: Personal Identity (2016 - March)
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)



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05/01/2018 00:11:31 518 (Status: Personal Identity (2017 - December)) Status: Summary (2018 - March)



Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Aeon Papers - Summary Document Status: Personal Identity (Summary of Progress to Date) Status: Philosophy of Religion (2017 - December) Status: Summary Task List (2017: October - December) (2) Status: Thesis Dashboard (2016: March)
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 - Current Stance (4) Thesis - Later Reading Thesis - Outline (2)
Transhumanism (2) . . . .

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Summary (2017 - December), 2 Status: Summary Task List (2017: October - December)      

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