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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2018 - June)

Rationale for this Report

Projects in Progress
Planning and Actuals
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future24
  1. Thesis
    1. Continue with my Thesis; in particular fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research. Make progress on specific Chapters, using the materials below →
    2. Chapter 2 (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".
    3. Chapter 5 (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.
    4. Chapter 6 (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 "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics".
      10. Review the work of Elselijn Kingma.
    5. Chapter 7 (The Constitution View):-
      1. Start a serious review of "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View", my other core text.
      2. Write up reviews of papers in "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'".
      3. Read and review "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul".
      4. Write a Note on "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator".
    6. Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments):-
      1. Investigate Transhumanism.
      2. In particular,
        1. Briefly review "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine",
        2. Read "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies",
        3. Detailed review of "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun",
        4. Complete "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'",
        5. Complete review of "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'".
    7. Chapter 11 (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".
    8. As background tasks:-
      1. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc 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 reading:-
        → "Blackburn (Simon) - Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed"
        → "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow"
        → "Updike (John) - Self-Consciousness"
      5. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      6. Continue reading and reviewing35 papers issued by Aeon,
      7. Attend Oliver Black’s Salon,
      8. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
  2. Religion
    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 Aeon.
      2. Continue reviewing "Hart (David Bentley) - Everything you know about the Gospel of Paul is likely wrong" and parallels.
      3. Contiue reading "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed".
  3. Website
    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.
      • Backups
        1. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      • 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. Create Functor using Form_Documentation_Links to automatically add control-links to documentation Notes.
        2. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. Investigate Harvard CS50's Web Programming with Python and JavaScript (, and check it'll still to run in 2019
        2. Investigate Bootstrap.
        3. Plan what to do with "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses" and the eBooks in my possession.
        4. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        5. Read "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer".
        6. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" (consider accreditation).
        7. Understand Bitcoin & Blockchain better
      • Footnotes
        1. Enable the re-use of Footnotes in the same Note40. Currently, they appear twice.
      • Notes
        1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
        2. 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.
        3. Create auto-regen of all Note Link (Note_nnn_Link) Pages
        4. Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
        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
      • Photos
        1. Add photos of Tom - Create Timeline software
        2. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      • Process
        1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      • Spider
        1. Determine why copying of data back to the slave database takes so long - approx. 3.5 hours. May need to re-architect.
      • 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:-
      • Bridge
        1. Create "Small Sites" database for Alaric (if chased)
      • Enigma
        1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble ( Website.
      • Sophie
        1. Periodic updates to Sophie Botros: Live Site (
  4. Music
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for one or two 15-minute sessions each and every day – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into one half-hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Attend the four sessions of The Enigma Ensemble (two in July, two in September).
      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 "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material42.
  5. Consciousness
    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.
  6. Languages
    1. Thai: Preparatory to Nat's emigration to Thailand. Materials from Categorised List, in particular:-
      → "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      → "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners", and
      → "thailanguagewiki - Thai Language Wiki".
  7. Mathematics
    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. HiQ
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.
  9. Bridge
    1. Meet up with the post-retirement Colin!
    2. Return to playing bridge once a week if encouraged to do so.
    3. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
    4. Play Estimation Whist or Black Maria with friends on holiday.
  10. Chess
    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:
  • Since the contents of the groups changes over time, this justification for their segregation isn’t entirely accurate.
Footnote 11:
  • Mind you, the mathematical bits didn’t function very well in my youth, so what hope is there now?
Footnote 14:
  • Due to administrative confusion, I needlessly took their latest entrance test. After chasing them up I was told I “passed with flying colours”, but could get no more information.
Footnote 15:
  • Coxes Farm hails from the 16th century, or possibly earlier, and is very “wonky”, requiring continual maintenance.
  • In December 2017, a base to roof crack appeared in the render at the front.
  • Subsequent investigations revealed that the frame at the front – which had been added in the 17th century – has rotted away, so the front façade is held up by the brick infill and an impervious cement render, the cause of the rot.
  • I’m writing a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 19:
  • Last quarter – at 25 hours / week – it represented the amount of time that I’d need to spend if I were pursuing my research part-time at Birkbeck – which would be something like 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 20:
  • As my purchasing has now dropped to a relative trickle, I’ve extended the selection range to cover the last 6 months.
  • Some of these are random purchases from charity shops, or presents. Others are selectively purchased in support of my various projects.
  • Poverty and lack of space is severely curtailing my purchasing power.
Footnote 21:
  • Or at least those recently added to my database, in the case of electronic items that sometimes arrive too fast to be catalogued immediately.
Footnote 24:
  • 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 35:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!
Footnote 40:
  • This occurs in these reports, but possibly elsewhere.
Footnote 42: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 07/07/2018 11:35:31

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