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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2017 - December)

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" (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 (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/))
      2. Small Clubs Websites (Link (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/), Link (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge_Clubs.htm), "Admin - Bridge - Joint Project"):
      3. Bernie’s Website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/))
      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) + CD",
      → "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 (with Piano Accompaniment; and CD)".
      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:
  • Since the contents of the groups changes over time, this justification for their segregation isn’t entirely accurate.
Footnote 9:
  • Mind you, the mathematical bits didn’t function very well in my youth, so what hope is there now?
Footnote 16:
  • 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 17:
  • 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 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:
  • 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: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 2: (Status: Personal Identity (2017 - December))

Rationale for this Project

  • I am researching the subject of Personal Identity primarily because of its intrinsic interest and importance. It is really a sub-topic in my Philosophy of Religion project, with its penultimate chapter considering the metaphysical possibility of resurrection.
  • While I’m interested in the topic of my research in its own right, I think when I’ve sorted it out a bit, and have something to say, I’ll want to engage with other philosophers active in this field – and re-starting a PhD at Birkbeck or elsewhere might be the only effective way to do this.
  • While a PhD is not an end in itself, and certainly not the ultimate aim of my doing philosophy, it’s still true that a PhD would teach me research techniques, provide focus and direction, and furnish a professional qualification should I want to publish any results in this or any other area of philosophy.
  • The jumping-off point for my thesis is here, and a progress dashboard is here. Maybe a better place to find my current views is here.

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 Note. 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 Report) those Aeon articles that are really nothing to do with my research.
  4. I revised the Note describing my Current Beliefs 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 Note 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 Transhumanism.
  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 (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/)), which allows up-to-date access to 17 philosophy journals, including:-
    Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/dialogue-canadian-philosophical-review-revue-canadienne-de-philosophie))
    Episteme (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/episteme))
    Journal of the American Philosophical Association (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-the-american-philosophical-association))
    Philosophy (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/philosophy))
    Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/royal-institute-of-philosophy-supplements))
    Think (Link (https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/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 List. 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 Note back in 2010, and hasn’t changed much since.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 11:
  • Hopefully, I may complete, or get stuck, earlier.
  • By “current academic year”, I mean the period ending on my 65th birthday – ie. 13/11/2018. This is not to slip!
  • On the plus side, I’m already much further advanced than would be expected of someone commencing a PhD.
  • On the minus side, I want to go into much greater depth, and have other projects on the go – most notably Music, Philosophy of Religion and my Web-tools project.
  • The reason for deferring to my 65th birthday is that this is when I get my State Pension. This may not be much, but it’ll make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which I can’t currently afford.
Footnote 12:
  • This used to say “complete a thesis …”, which is obviously impossible, given that my idea of a thesis is way in excess of what is required.
Footnote 24:
  • 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!

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 3: (Status: Web-Tools (2017 - December))

Rationale for this Project

  • This Project was alluded to briefly in a footnote on research methodology in my original Research Proposal under the head Research - Internet Technology. When last at Birkbeck, I wrote a more extensive paper defending the Project and describing its rationale. Now that my PhD is in suspense, I have decided to take this Project further. There’s a lot to do: still quite a few items on the “wish list”. It is fairly critical as an enabler for my research, so I need to get a move on as I want it all out of the way before I re-start4 formal research.
  • For documentation on my website (currently password protected) follow the links below:-
    1. Functional5 Documentation.
    2. Technical7 Documentation.
  • Other Websites
    1. About 10 years ago, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (Link (http://www.sophiebotros.com/)), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck. I’ve now taken it back on and spruced it up a bit, though it requires more work.
    2. I’ve created and maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (Link (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/)).
    3. Most recently, I’ve created a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. It exists in two versions: Live (Link (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Link (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
    4. I created and / or ran a multitude of bridge websites, but as of January 2018 I have either handed them over or mothballed them9:-
      1. I established the Hutton Bridge Club Website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html)) in 4Q11 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines.
      2. In 1Q15, I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (ECBA) website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/)), which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger. I wrote a lot of code10 to make this job less tedious.
      3. For several years, I collected data on bridge activity in the Billericay / Brentwood area (needed for a project to set up a new consolidated club) – by “scraping” data off web pages, consolidating it into a database and modelling it in various ways – I have agreed to hand over this data sometime early in 2018.
      4. I used this data to generate websites with a multitude of ladders for small clubs (Link (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/)). These are now mothballed.
      5. In 3Q16 I revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Link (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).
      6. I created and maintained a new website for the First Class Bridge Academy (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)), giving it “small clubs” ladders as these were easy to maintain with little intervention.
  • I did consider returning to work part-time as an MS Access/Excel developer, with a spin-off into website generation, but have done nothing about it so far.

Summary of Progress during October - December 2017
  1. This project retained some of its prominence as in recent quarters.
  2. Unfortunately, while I reviewed what I’d done to date on the course put out by Harvard - "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" - I only made a small amount of progress. I intend to make a serious attempt to complete it in 2018 (I may need to re-start).
  3. However, I did manage to spend almost 84 hours on my own site. This work included:-
    • A considerable amount of work on WebRefs in an attempt to sort out the broken links. This requires still more work, in documentation, development and data correction, but I’m getting there. I documented the system, generated a list of changes, and implemented most of them. I developed the “global change” function, and fixed the YouTube problems, as promised last time.
    • Sorted out a bug in the Code Archive routines, whereby the archive wasn’t working; recovered previous versions OK from backups, and produced “recent changes” pages.
    • Added feature whereby the Note-link can be deduced rather than the ID having to be specified. Needs further work.
    • Further details appear below.
  4. Work on hand-over and close-down of my various bridge websites. A small amount left to be carried forward to the next quarter.
  5. During 4Q17 I expended 196 hours on this project (196 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the academic year that commenced in October 2017). That’s 99% of planned effort, 99% YTD. Overall, 28% of my project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this Project (making 28% YTD) – as against 28% planned (28% YTD).
  6. Full details for 4Q17 are given below:-
Website (Total Hours = 125.5)
  1. Website - Bridge Development
  2. Website - Development (Total Hours = 83.75)
    • Website - Generator - Add %age complete to Notes Reading Lists (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Author's page narrative (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate links between Quarterly reports (3.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Bug in Note FNs - fixed links to Code (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Code Archive / Recent changes (7.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Documentation Filing Database (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug in and add highlighting to Notes_List_Control page (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug in Author's page where author count is inconsistent (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix for double-quotes in Book / Paper / Note Titles (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Load pdfs etc password protected (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - New "Recent Acquisitions" Book List (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Separate Time Recording for Aeon (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Show Notes Quality in Jump Tables & Concatenated Lists (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Simplify Note XRef procedure (deduce link) (7.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Simplify Note XRef procedure (deduce link) - fix Bug when embedded in Paper (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Add "full" referenced pages (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Documentation & Bug-fixes (54 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Spurious entries generated by Spider (1 hour)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"
  3. Website - Education (Total Hours = 26.25)
    • "Barnes (Russell), Ed. - Web Designer" (0.5 hours)
    • Discussions with Nat on IT Development (3.5 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Admin + Set-Up (1 hour)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Lectures: Week 1 (Review) (3.25 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Lectures: Week 2 (Review) (3 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Lectures: Week 3 (Review) (2.5 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 1: C (Review) (1.5 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 2: Crypto + Crack (Review) (1.75 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 3: Find (7.75 hours)
    • Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science - Problem Set 3: Game of Fifteen (0.75 hours)
    • "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World" (0.75 hours)
  4. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 6)
    • iPhone Apps (BBC iPlayer, OS Maps) (0.5 hours)
    • iPhone iOS upgrades (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases & Bugs (3.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Set up Outlook (0.5 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Wondershare PDF Element Registration issues - fixed (0.25 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (0.75 hours)
    • Re-jig start-up pages in Chrome (0.25 hours)
    • WhatsApp - Joining + Familiarisation (0.25 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"
  5. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 7)
    • 3Q17 Status Reports (2.5 hours)
    • TT Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (3.5 hours)
    • TT Website - Run Web Spider (0.5 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development"

Website Others (Total Hours = 70.5)
  1. Website Others - Bernie's Website Development (Total Hours = 8.5)
  2. Website Others - ECBA Maintenance (Total Hours = 24.75)
    • Admin - ECBA Website - Eve Goblets (0.5 hours)
    • Admin - ECBA Website - Eve Goblets - Handover (1 hour)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Routine Maintenance (12.75 hours)
    • Bridge - ECBA Website - Webmaster Resignation & Handover (10.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - ECBA Website - Admin & Maintenance"
  3. Website Others - ECBA Membership - Development
  4. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  5. Website Others - Joint Project Data Analysis (Total Hours = 1.5)
    • Bridge - Joint Project - Data archive to Alaric? (0.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Joint Project - New format for Monday Club (1 hour)
  6. Website Others - Joint Project Data Collection (Total Hours = 26.25)
    • Bridge - Joint Project - Data Collection & "Mini Website" - Wind-down (5 hours)
    • Bridge - Joint Project - Data Collection & "Mini Website" output (21.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Joint Project"
  7. Website Others - Sophie Botros

Plans for the Near Future

I’ve reduced the planned weekly effort on this project by an hour to 14 hours, partly to reflect my abandonment of all my bridge sites but to allow time for education. My intention over the next 12 months11 is to focus on sorting out my website, together with updating my technical competence. Because I may change the technology of my site, I will treat it as substantially “on hold” until I’ve re-educated myself.
  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 Document,
      Progress to Date,
      → Development Log in the generator itself.
  2. Education:
    1. Re-start "Harvard University - CS50 Introduction to Computer Science" (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 (http://www.essexbridge.co.uk/))
    2. Small Clubs Websites (Link (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/), Link (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge_Clubs.htm), "Admin - Bridge - Joint Project"):
    3. Bernie’s Website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/))
    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.

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which need harmonising and / or consolidating:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date: Requires significant updating as it hasn’t been touched since December 2010.
  2. Outstanding Developments,
  3. Functional Documentation,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website17 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • Well, I’ve missed the boat, so will need to continue with both projects in parallel.
  • This was always likely to be necessary, as new features will always arise in use. It’s a prototype methodology, after all.
Footnote 5: This is very tedious to produce and consequently is both incomplete and out of date.

Footnote 7:
  • This is much more fun, as it’s a purely technical task.
  • I’ve written a vastly-improved general-purpose technical documenter for MS Access.
Footnote 9:
  • It’s a shame to abandon the “mini websites” with all their ladders, as it’s rather well done.
  • However, I can’t waste time on these after I’ve abandoned bridge.
Footnote 10:
  • I cannot hand this code over, so the tedium will return, thugh not to me!
  • It’s undecided whether I’ll continue to run the ECBA “Victor Ludorum” competition.
Footnote 11:
  • Ie. Until my 65th birthday, when I’m “supposed” to seriously re-start my PhD.
Footnote 17: As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 10: (Status: HiQ (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  1. I was very active in Mensa and ISPE in the years prior to taking up formal study of philosophy at Birkbeck in 2000. Thereafter I was too busy, and no longer felt the need to contribute, so I let my memberships lapse.
  2. When I retired from HSBC at the end of 2010, given that I was no longer involved in formal academic study, I re-joined both societies for a year to see how things were going, but then let my memberships lapse again. ISPE seemed no better than when I was involved last time. The Mensa SIGs seem active enough, but I didn’t have the time to contribute.
  3. I re-joined ISPE yet again for the calendar year 2017, to see what was going on.
  4. Society Details:-
    • For Mensa – see Link (http://www.mensa.org.uk/about-mensa) – I joined, or re-joined, a bundle of societies, but did nothing.
    • For ISPE – see Link (https://www.thethousand.com/) – I did nothing other than pay my dues and exchange friendly emails with a couple of old contacts.
    • For a site1 giving details of the tests used for entry to ISPE and “higher” societies, see “uncommonly Difficult IQ Tests” (Link (http://tthqi.free.fr/Uncommonly%20Difficult%20IQ%20Tests.php)).
    • See Link (http://www.polymath-systems.com/intel/hiqsocs/hiqsocs1.html) for a site that gives the admission tests for the various societies (and refers to the defunct site above-mentioned).
  5. Between 1997 and 2001 I edited a newsletter (Commensal - Past Issues) in my capacity as secretary of the Philosophical Discussion Group of British Mensa.
  6. I also edited "ISPE, Todman (Theo) - Under the Sycamore Tree: Correspondence Folder for the UK Members and Associates of ISPE" for a year.
  7. My intention has been to participate in these societies just so far as doing so would support my other projects by way of stimulation and the opportunity for interaction. As such, most of the time recorded against this project could equally be recorded against others.

Status as at end-September 2017
  • I re-joined ISPE. All that ought to have been required was that I pay my dues, but because of a mix-up I was asked to sit the latest version of their test, which I did. I didn’t, however, hear back – though I was re-instated OK. I’ve recently chased them up for the results2.
  • I spent 5 hours in the 2016/17 academic year, which was 38% of plan.
  • At the end of July 2017, I received the last print-copy3 of "ISPE - Telicom" (it was a bumper “full year” issue for 2016) and have read some of it. I was put off by the article recording the allocation of the ISPE Whiting Memorial Award to two members of the society. As usual, the academic status of society members is grossly overblown, but the thing that really disturbed me was the project for which they received their award, which was to replace Minkowski Space-Time by adding a third “substratum” so we have Space-Time-Consciousness. This sounds as misguided as you can get, but I’ve not investigated it. Further, one of the recipients was alleged to have solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1965, but “remarkably” only several pages long, as against the 170 pages of Andrew Wiles’s proof. Despite the claim that “tens of professional mathematicians” have failed to refute it, it’s bound to unsound, or we’d have heard of it4.

HiQ (Total Hours = 5)
Plans for the 2017/18 Academic Year
  • I’m an ISPE member until end-2017, and only thereafter if I pay my dues. We’ll see.
  • To provide focus for higher-priority projects, I do not plan to spend any significant time on this project in the near future. I may do so on an ad hoc basis, and have therefore allocated 1 hour / week. If so, actions will feature on the Summary_Task_List.
  • However, I do not intend to produce any more editions of this report until this time next year.
  • Possible Background Activities:-
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned – see previous versions of this report for possibilities.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: The reference given in previous reports is defunct. I think this is the same basic site.

Footnote 2: My rationale being set out in an email:
  • “On the test itself – it’s similar to, though not the same as – the first one I took, and leaves me feeling similarly uncomfortable. Theory is massively underdetermined by data, so – in a sense – “it depends what you want”. It’d be possible – no doubt – to think more and more deeply and come up with more and more Byzantine reasons for excluding particular items. But how would I know this is what is wanted? It wasn’t until I got the same percentile on the (much more satisfying but now sadly compromised) Mega Test that I trusted the ISPE test at all (actually, I was surprised that I didn’t do better on the Mega Test, and an inquest revealed I’d made at least 3 howlers that more care would have avoided).”
Footnote 3:
  • Hereafter Telicom will be published on-line only, except for those willing to pay a premium membership fee.
Footnote 4:
  • A quick Google only reveals self-published material, eg: Link (http://www.erclosetphysics.com/2015/11/news-about-my1965-proof-of-fermats-last.html).

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 11: (Status: Bridge (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • I showed some natural talent for bridge in my youth, and wanted to see how far I could get with a bit of application (but – given the breadth my other interests – without fanaticism).
  • However, this project has always needed to be kept rigorously in hand, something that has rarely been the case since I returned to the game. Basically, Bridge is fun – and I do reasonably well, but not well enough.
  • I withdrew from the game2 for most of 2015, but returned in the final quarter. This absence allowed me to get things in perspective for a while - playing twice or three times a week, with the occasional tournament.
  • However, as from July 2017 I have now retired from the game again, though I still keep in touch with what’s going on via my bridge website activities.

Summary of Progress during July - September 2017
  1. Overview:
    • I had a very busy first 20 days of July, since when I’ve not played.
    • Results in general were rather depressing, and my rating dropped further from a K to a Q, when I called it a day.
    • The real crisis point was superficially a success, in the London Swiss Teams (see below). The problem was with the X-IMPS, which were flat for Albert and me, when we thought we’d had a good day. It was substantially down to one board where we correctly stopped in 5 of a major knowing there was an AK out against us in a side suit. Unfortunately, lots of pairs had been in small or even grand slams, sometimes doubled, and always making. So, we got a terrible X-IMPs score, while our partners got a good score for only letting through the small slam. This was in a field with a lot of international players. I decided the game was too silly to continue with, given the time it takes from other projects.
    • I spent only 41% of planned effort on this project; details below. This was due to my retirement mid-July.
  2. The Highlights of the quarter were:-
    • London Swiss Teams (YCBC, Sunday 16th July, with Albert; Peter & Pat as team-mates): 6th out of 27 in a very strong field. 1 GP gained
    • Essex “C” vs Cambs & Hunts (Sunday 2nd July): With David. Pretty abject. The team lost 0-20, and David and I were -32 Butler-IMPs, for no good reason.
  3. I’ve continued supporting the ECBA website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/)) and Bernie’s Website (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)) as well as various sites for small clubs (Link (http://www.essexbridgeresults.org.uk/)).
  4. I spent a lot of time %age-wise on system and session reviews which, as always, needs to be kept in check. I was trying to determine what was going wrong, other than random fluctuations.
  5. Effort Expenditure: During 3Q17 I expended 87 hours on this project (870 hours YTD, where for “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year commencing in October 2016). That’s 41% of the planned effort, 101% YTD. Overall, 12% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 33% YTD) – as against 30% planned (32% YTD).
  6. Statistics: by partner and club-category can be obtained by following these links – for the last quarter and to date.
  7. Recent Results: Follow this link. Further information can be found from my Bridge Page.
  8. Local Points:
    • 33,768, bagged to date, including 1,175 Blue Points, 98.56 Green Points and 0.22 Gold Points4.
    • That makes me a National Master. My next aim – if I play again – will be to achieve Premier National Master status (40,000 LPs, including 100 GPs) – so just there as far as GPs are concerned5, but still a long way to go for local points.
    • I think I had about 5,000 LPs from my student days, but never registered any, more’s the pity.
  9. EBU Grading:
    • My rating continued to decline in 3Q17, and was down to a mid Q by the time I stopped playing.
    • See Link (https://www.ebu.co.uk/ngs/) for full details of the scheme, and the summary and previous reports for my detailed meanderings over time.
  10. Summary of Progress to Date: I’ve hived off the history to a separate document.
  11. Further Details: of time expenditure against task are given below, extracted from the relevant version of my Summary Task List (which is regularly updated between Quarterly Status Reports).

Bridge (Total Hours = 87.25)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 11.75)
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 43.75)
    • Bridge - Bernie's (Albert) (3 hours)
    • Bridge - Bernie's (Colin) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - ECL vs Cambs & Hunts "C" (David Tennet) (4 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton / St Edith's (Colin) (3.25 hours)
    • Bridge - London Swiss Teams (Albert) (7.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (9.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham (Albert) (3 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing"
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 28.75)
    • Bridge - Question from Dennis (0.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (Albert) (4.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (Colin) (2.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Session Reviews (David Tennet) (9.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Albert) (3.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Colin) (1 hour)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Strong Diamond) (6 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study"
    • "Chawner (Marc) - Your Lead Partner" (0.5 hours)

Plans for the Near Future:
  1. I don’t intend to play in the coming academic year, so I’ve drastically reduced the schedule to a mere 2 hours a week throughout the coming quarter. I’m not sure whether I’ll produce another of these reports until this time next year – it’ll depend whether there’s anything interesting to report.
  2. Keep in touch with the Bridge scene, if possible.
  3. Probably attend the ECBA Committee meeting on 1st November.
  4. Bridge Study9:-





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • When not playing, I didn’t miss the game at all, but maybe this was mainly because acting as the Essex County Bridge Association (ECBA) Webmaster performed as a psychological substitute.
Footnote 4: These have been amortised over the years.

Footnote 5: Taking into account the BPs, which are converted at the rate 300 BPs = 1 GP.

Footnote 9:
  • There may not be time or enthusiasm for much of this!
  • However, it is essential if I want to improve.

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 12: (Status: Chess (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • I occasionally think of returning to chess after a very long lay-off. I’ve hardly played since I left school, where I showed some aptitude – especially in my first season when, in the 3rd year at Grammar school, I won the North Gloucestershire under-15s championship1, but things never really took off. For instance, I performed very badly in the West of England under-15s and only ever came runner-up in the North Gloucestershire under-18s. I played in the local adult league while at school and my grade meandered up to 158, if I remember correctly. While at school, I played on a low board for Gloucestershire seniors and captained the Gloucestershire juniors, though not from top board. I played in a number of congresses at school and immediately after university, with mixed results.
  • Anyway, I effectively gave the game up and switched to bridge at Cambridge, playing chess on only three occasions for the King’s2 team.
  • My trouble with chess was, I think, that I had a natural ability to calculate variations which stood me in good stead against players who knew next to no theory – but against stronger players I never got into positions where calculation did more than tell me I was losing. I only ever used to play matches, never practice games, and have never actually read a chess book beyond the first few pages.
  • So, I don't want a repetition of any of that. If I return to the game, I'd like to learn to play properly. The question is how? I have a collection of (mostly old) books, but I've never been a keen reader of chess books – I can't easily envisage what's going on without either a lot of effort or setting the position up on the board.
  • I suspected some chess software might be the best way forward – what I need is something that's fairly interactive and which will get me to learn both the principles of positional play and some opening theory, as well as play some practise games, in as painless a manner as possible. After advice from The London Chess Centre (follow Link (http://shop.chess.co.uk/)), I purchased some software, as below. Unfortunately, the plan to make use of it hasn’t come to much.
  • A recent idea was to learn to play blindfold chess, and I started reading a book3, but that hasn’t come to much either.
  • The incentive to return to the game is that my brother-in-law runs a team in the Middlesex and London Leagues.
  • also, one of my bridge partners is also thinking of returning to Chess, having been of a similar standard to me, though having played more recently.
  • The chess scene in Billericay seems somewhat unexciting4.
  • See Link (http://www.essexchess.org.uk/) for the Essex Chess site.

Status as at End September 2017
  • I planned to spend 13 hours in the academic year 2016/17 and achieved 10.75 hours, leading to 83% of plan.

Chess (Total Hours = 10.75)
  1. Chess - Admin
    • 3Q16 Status Reports (1.75 hours)
    • Chess - Discussions with Chris (0.75 hours)
      → See "Admin - Chess - Admin"
  2. Chess - Play
    • Chess - Playing Zehra, Etc (1.5 hours)
  3. Chess - Reading / Writing
  4. Chess - Study

Plans for Near Future
Summary of Progress to Date
  1. Catalogued and categorised my Chess Book Collection.
  2. Started reading sundry of the above, and investigated various on-line material (Fritz, Rybka, Chess Mentor, etc) before contacting The London Chess Centre.
  3. Completed two runs through of "Martin (Andrew) - The Basics of Winning Chess".
  4. Installed "Aagaard (Jacob) - Basic Positional Ideas". Study commenced.
  5. Installed Chessmaster – Grandmaster Edition, but haven’t really got to grips with it yet.
  6. Subscribed to "Chess - Chess Magazine", and skimmed the March 2009 – September 2013 editions.
  7. Visited Billericay Chess Club on 6th April 2011 There was a club match, so I couldn’t play any of the better players, but played a rather sad young man who hadn’t make the cut. It was interesting to see how rusty I was, though I won all four games. I had a chat with one of the committee-members afterwards, and left my email address. I’ve not heard back, or been back. I don’t think I’ll pursue the club further, at least not in the near future.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • And drew with the former British Champion – C.H. O’D Alexander (see Link (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conel_Hugh_O%27Donel_Alexander)) – in the 4-board simul at the prize-giving.
  • He sacrificed the exchange to force a draw. It seemed unnecessary – maybe he was trying to be encouraging, or simply wanted to go home!
  • The other “champions” lost.
Footnote 2:
  • On board 6 - averaging 50%.
  • We had a strong team – the second strongest in Cambridge – with a couple of overseas Grandmasters on the top two boards and the British under-21 Champion on board 3.
  • But this was a feeble team compared to Trinity, which had the then British Champion (Jonathan Mestel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Mestel)) allegedly on board 6.
Footnote 3: See "Hearst (Eliot) & Knott (John) - Blindfold Chess: History, Psychology, Techniques, Champions, World Records and Important Games".

Footnote 4:
  • The Billericay Club has an excellent website: see Link (http://www.billericaychessclub.org.uk/index.html).
  • They meet on Wednesdays at 19:30, now at Anisha Grange.
  • The website describes the club as “thriving” with about 14 members (though only 12 are listed) with teams in 3 divisions.
  • The club is not very strong, but one player is (as of October 2016) rated 175 – the other 11 being under 150, with 4 under 100.
  • At one time there was an IM (Richard Pert; main club Wood Green) rather loosely connected to the club by the look of things – but he’s no longer listed.
Footnote 6:
  • This is supposed to improve your sighted play.
  • Additionally, it’ll make reading chess magazines easier as – presumably – you’d no longer need a board in order to play through the games.

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 15: (Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2018 - January))

This page shows the following tables (which are unlikely to be of any interest to anyone other than myself):-

  1. Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)
  2. Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Previous Quarter & YTD)
  3. Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
  4. Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - Current Year)

Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2018) Plan, and for the YTD (2017/18) Academic Year, are as below. This table shows the actual %age split of work (YTD & QTD) as against the planned %age split of work. The second table below compares the amount of work done, as against plan:-

ProjectPlanned Weekly HoursPlanned QTD %ageQTD Actual %Planned YTD %ageYTD Actual %QTD Actual HoursYTD Actual Hours
Bridge  332615
Chess   1  2
Consciousness12122214
HiQ  11115
Languages12 2117
Mathematics   11 7
Music101716141433122
Religion7125781070
Thesis2543534146107415
Website142421272743239
Total58100100100100204894
Comparisons30 days122 days85% 94%240949


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit. The bottom row in the above table is non-standard. The first two columns show the number of days in the current reporting Quarter and YTD, and the last two columns show the hours planned (according to the latest quarterly plan) for the current reporting Quarter and pro-rata YTD. The middle non-empty columns show %age actual vs plan (actuals taken from the Total row) for the Quarter and YTD. In principle this allows monitoring of total effort vs plan, as well as the distribution of effort across projects.


Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Effort (Previous Quarter & YTD)


Summary figures against the QTD (January - March 2018) Plan, and for the YTD (2017/18) Academic Year, are as below. This table shows the actual percentage against plan:-

ProjectQTD Planned HoursYTD Planned HoursQTD Actual HoursYTD Actual HoursQTD Actual % v PlanYTD Actual % v Plan
Bridge 26615 59
Chess 13 2 13
Consciousness4172156184
HiQ 1315 35
Languages417171838
Mathematics 13 7 50
Music41134331227991
Religion2969107036101
Thesis103392107415104106
Website58254432397494
Total24094820489485%94%


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.


Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)


The plan for the distribution of effort, in hours / week, for the coming Quarter & Academic Year is as below. As the year goes by, estimates are replaced by actuals, and re-estimates are made. In the final quarter of the academic year (July - September) this table just shows the plan for the next academic year. In the light of the above "re-focusing" decisions, Secondary Projects have no time estimated for them:-

ProjectPlanned Hours / Week Next QtrPlanned %age Next QtrFull Year Planned %agePlanned Hours Next QtrFull Year Planned HoursFull Year Actual + Planned HoursComparison (%ages)
Bridge  1 261558
Chess  0 13213
Consciousness12213524994
HiQ  0 13535
Languages12213524179
Mathematics  0 13750
Music10171613048246997
Religion7121191313313100
Thesis25434332512641283101
Website14242518274372598
Total581001007542972290798


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.


Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2018)


Below is a table showing the split amongst my various projects of time expended or planned over a 11-year period. :-

Project2007/08 (Actuals)2008/09 (Actuals)2009/10 (Actuals)2010/11 (Actuals)2011/12 (Actuals)2012/13 (Actuals)2013/14 (Actuals)2014/15 (Actuals)2015/16 (Actuals)2016/17 (Actuals)2017/18 (Actual + Plan)Total%age
Bridge776632757796106293494138066287015782429.64
Chess 29161466114961121510.57
Consciousness 41763015219161442493391.28
HiQ   1714811155520.2
Languages2343312322689525642929124113615.16
Mathematics2328845518628472250.85
Music63132144618323716817946911764.45
Religion9119841284920330524811610860313290311
Thesis6084533494771804027358965618281283677125.65
Website671981812043486514949471117664725559621.2
Total1862204222502718192823942542250725742675290726398100

Note last updated: 30/01/2018 09:38:53


Footnote 21: (Thesis - Outline)

The Thesis seems to fall naturally into three sections (other than the Introduction and Conclusion); namely, Chapters 2-5 (setting up the problem), chapters 6-9 (Olson and Baker’s views contrasted); and Chapters 10-11 (testing the preferred solution). Consequently, I anticipate my Thesis having the following chapters:-

  1. Chapter 01: Introduction
  2. Chapter 02: What are We?
  3. Chapter 03: What is a Person?
  4. Chapter 04: Basic Metaphysical Issues
  5. Chapter 05: Persistence and Time
  6. Chapter 06: Animalism and Arguments for It
  7. Chapter 07: The Constitution View and Arguments for It
  8. Chapter 08: Arguments against Animalism
  9. Chapter 09: Arguments against the Constitution View
  10. Chapter 10: Thought Experiments
  11. Chapter 11: Resurrection
  12. Chapter 12: Conclusion
I’ve started a Note listing “parked” future reading.

For convenience, brief abstracts (as currently intended) of the above chapters are given below. I have included hyperlinks in the above list to my initial thoughts on these topics (and to reading lists and plans for further research) by way of further clarification. I’ve also included links from the “Thought Experiment” abstract below, for the same reason. The reading lists are rather full, and I’ll need to whittle them down to those I actually intend to read (and, better, address).

Chapter abstracts
  1. Introduction: Something like this document, but in narrative form, maybe including a brief historical general survey of Personal Identity.
  2. What are We? : The topic “personal identity” has historically presupposed that we are (in the sense of “identical to”, or “most fundamentally”) persons, whereas I (along with other animalists) claim that we are identical to human animals. “We” requires explanation. This chapter will sort out the topic of discussion for the Thesis as a whole.
  3. What is a Person?: This Chapter will canvass the various views and consider how important issues in this area are to my main concern of our identity.
  4. Basic Metaphysical Issues: Substances and sortals are central to the persistence of anything, and in particular to my claim that persons are phase sortals of human animals (the substances). I need to address the concept of a SOUL as souls are the major counter-claim to the persisting entity being an animal; or at least popularly so. The question of Natural Kinds arises in considering whether PERSON is a natural kind concept.
  5. Persistence and Time: A number of thought experiments that feature in the following chapter seem to fail if perdurantism is true (because the reduplication objections fail). Depending on whether any of these are critical to my arguments, I may need to consider the impact of perdurantism. But this complex area may be a step too far within a fairly limited word-count. I’m also unsure whether it should feature before or after the account of Thought Experiments.
  6. Animalism and Arguments for it: This Chapter describes what Animalism is, with an excursus on animals and organisms and their persistence. It puts forward the arguments in favour of animalism, those against being reserved for a later Chapter. It focuses on the account of Eric Olson, the primary contemporary exponent of Animalism.
  7. The Constitution View and Arguments for it: This Chapter gives an account of Lynne Rudder Baker’s thesis that human persons are not identical to human animals, but are – temporarily at least – constituted by them.
  8. Arguments against Animalism: A discussion of the arguments against animalism, as given by those of anti-animalist persuasion and defended by the principal animalists (with a focus on Olson), with a critique.
  9. Arguments against the Constitution View: A discussion of the arguments against the Constitution View, focusing on the principal animalists, with a critique. In particular, I intend to critique Olson’s “thinking animal” argument against the Constitution View (though I think this argument is unnecessary for Olson to establish the case for Animalism).
  10. Thought Experiments: Any account of personal identity needs to give an account of what is going on in the various thought experiments that have been thought relevant to the topic. It’s also the area that’s most fun. Indeed, I think that the entire Thesis will be an exercise in inference to the best explanation. It needs to account for our intuitions (if there is a universal response) or explain them away as confused. I will firstly briefly consider the propriety of using thought experiments in this domain of enquiry, and then consider the usual suspects, such as:
    • Fission, fusion and replication in general
    • Commissurotomy
    • Multiple Personality Disorder
    • Brain-state Transfer
    • Brain Transplants
    • Teletransportation
    • Siliconisation
    • Etc?
  11. Resurrection: If mind-body substance dualism is false, and we are identical to human animals, then the only possibility for post-mortem existence is some form of bodily resurrection. Since the body is destroyed at death, it would seem that any resurrected individual could only be a copy of the original. It might think of itself as the resurrected pre-mortem individual, but it would be wrong. Consideration of arguments by Peter Van Inwagen in this respect. This chapter is likely to be controversial, so needs to be very carefully argued, and factually correct concerning what is actually believed by intellectually Christians and Muslims (unlike what seems to be the case with most swipes against religion). Maybe I should also cover reincarnation.
  12. Conclusion: Brief summary of the above;
    • We are human animals,
    • Human persons fall under phase sortals of the concept HUMAN ANIMAL,
    • The person is inseparable from the animal,
    • The animal is utterly destroyed at death,
    • Substance dualism is false, and
    • Consequently (given the sort of thing we are) resurrection or any other post-mortem survival is impossible for us.

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Footnote 22: (Thesis - Chapter 02 (What are We?))

Abstract

  1. The topic “personal identity” has historically presupposed that we are (in the sense of “identical to”, or “most fundamentally”) persons, whereas I (along with other animalists) claim that we are identical to human animals.
  2. “We” requires explanation. This chapter attempts to sort out the topic of discussion for the Thesis as a whole.
  3. I need to address the concept of a SOUL as souls are the major counter-claim to the persisting entity being an animal; or at least popularly so. The same goes for SELVES, and also for HUMAN BEINGS, insofar as these are supposed to be distinct from HUMAN ANIMALs.
  4. I also need to have some discussion of what is meant by the various other possibilities of what we are, but leave explications of PERSONs, BODIES and ANIMALs / ORGANISMs until later Chapters.
  5. I’m not quite sure where the possibility that we are BRAINs ought to go, but for the time being it’s here; and this leads on to the possibility (tacitly assumed in some TEs) that we might be individual CEREBRA.



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.
  • Progress on this Chapter is unusual in that it was the sample Chapter on which I was working with my Supervisor when registered for the PhD at Birkbeck.



Chapter Introduction
  1. This Chapter has the title “What Are We?”. The “We” is of some significance, as we will see in the course of this Thesis when we consider the social and reciprocal aspects of what it is to be a person. Nonetheless, should we not start with the singular, maybe even solipsist, question “What Am I?”, and expand out from there into the collective question? How we phrase our initial question has an impact on the course of our investigations, and may reflect our deepest presuppositions. The first-person question adopts the Cartesian stance of looking from the inside out, whereas the third-person question considers “us” collectively. The first-person question may presuppose that the answer to the question is that I am primarily a psychological being, whereas the third-person question may assume or expect the answer that I am fundamentally physical.
  2. Some of the potential answers to the question will be the same whether we phrase the question in the singular or the plural.
  3. Taking it in the plural for now, we need to distinguish, as candidates for what we might be on the physical side, (prefixing “human-” passim):-
    • Animals,
    • Organisms,
    • Bodies,
    • Beings, and
    • Brains.
  4. On the psychological side, I might be a self or, more popularly, a person. I might even be a non-essentially-embodied entity like a soul.
  5. I will consider all these options in due course; with the exception of a detailed discussion of the concept PERSON (which is reserved for the next Chapter), I will do so later in this chapter.
  6. Olson4 also considers whether we might be Humean bundles of mental states and events, and even the nihilist view that we don’t exist at all. I’m not sure I’ll have space for these, but need to remain aware of the possibilities and motivations for these positions.
  7. However, for the moment I want to consider some themes connecting the possible answers to our question. Firstly, does there have to be a single answer? I know that I, and presume that my readers also, fall happily under the concepts HUMAN ANIMAL, HUMAN ORGANISM and HUMAN BEING. I at least have a human body and a human brain, though I would initially feel reluctant to say that I am one of either of these things. I would certainly claim to be a SELF, and also a PERSON, as no doubt would my reader. So, cannot all these answers be correct?
  8. This raises the question of what I mean by saying what I am (or we are) something. In saying that I am any of these things, what sort of relation is the “am”? Am I using am in the sense of an identity relation, a constitution relation, ascribing a predicate, or have some other sense in mind?
  9. There are two kinds of questions I want to ask. Firstly, what sort of being am I identical to? Secondly, what sort of properties do I have; both metaphysically essential properties (those without which I would cease to exist), and those I merely consider essential (that is, “very important”, though I would continue to exist without them)?
  10. Any “is” that does duty for the identity relation inherits the formal properties of an equivalence relation; in particular, it is a transitive relation. Additionally, the “two” identical entities either side of the copula must satisfy Leibniz’s law; “they” share (at a time) all their properties; actual and modal, intrinsic and relational. So, if I am identical to a human animal, and also identical to a human person, then that human animal must be identical to that human person. This would mean that these “two” entities are really one. They co-exist at all times in all possible worlds where either of “them” exists, and share all their properties and relations, at any time and world. Everything that happens to “one” at a world and time happens to the “other” at those coordinates. This places strong logical constraints on how much cake I can have and eat. I may want to say that I am identical both to a human animal, and to a human person, yet claim that a human person has certain mental properties essentially, but deny that a human animal does. However, I am then claiming what is logically impossible, at least for the classical logic of identity that denies that such notions as relative identity are coherent. As we will see, this point is essential to the animalist case that we are not identical to human persons (given the claim that we are identical to human animals).
  11. My thesis addresses the topic of personal identity, but we might claim that what we’re really interested in is in our identity. Not that we have doubts as individuals as to which particular individual we are (as though I, as Bill Clinton, don’t know whether I am Bill Clinton or George W. Bush), but what sort of individual we are, together with worries about our persistence (how long we are going to last, and in what form). Historically, it has been a standard presupposition that what we are most fundamentally is persons, or at least that’s all we care about. So, concern about our identity has been elided with concern for personal identity, almost as though we thought that the two questions are the same. Animalists argue that the two questions are indeed different, but for convenience, and the historical continuity of the general topic under discussion, still say they are talking about personal identity.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed5
  1. For this Chapter I have already worked on the various papers or book chapters under supervisory control. Where this is the case, for ease of reference, the analytical Note for each reference is hyperlinked directly.
  2. Additionally, I may need to consider other papers or book chapters in the following lists (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going. Some that I have considered have been culled or reserved for later.
  3. The General Question:-
  4. Brains / Cerebra
  5. Neurological Background
  6. Human Beings
  7. Selves32
  8. Souls34
  9. Nihilism
  10. Many aspects of these papers will need to be left for later chapters.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. The General Question
  4. Brains / Cerebra
  5. Human Beings
  6. Selves
  7. Souls



Links to Notes
  1. For an out-of-date skeleton giving a fuller reading list, follow this link.
  2. Candidates for what we are, considered in this Chapter:-
    • Human Beings,
    • Brains,
    • Cerebra,
    • Selves,
    • Souls,
    • Others to be Supplied?
  3. Candidates for what we are, considered in later Chapters:-
    • Animals,
    • Bodies,
    • Organisms,
    • Persons,
    • Nihilism.



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4: In "Olson (Eric) - What are We?"

Footnote 5:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 12: The excerpt from Brandom raises some questions about the community we call “we”.

Footnote 15: Baker often expresses indebtedness to Roderick Chisholm, who is reviewed on that account.

Footnote 17: An annoying book, but one I ought to study.

Footnote 21: The book. From my perspective, probably the most important source for this Chapter.

Footnote 22: See also the Chapters on Brains and Souls in the subsequent reading-lists.

Footnote 26: Useful historical background, maybe!

Footnote 28: Lockwood might deny that this is his view, but he seems committed to it, as far as I can see.

Footnote 29: This maybe ought to be categorised as an “anti-soul” view.

Footnote 30: Some of the papers by Puccetti will be reconsidered in (or maybe reserved for – a couple already have been) Chapter 10.

Footnote 32:
  • This list is rather long, and contains many whole books. I may have to cull several of these further down the line.
  • However, the Self is important, as it’s the root of Baker’s FPP, and the motivator for all psychological theories of PI, so understanding just what it is supposed to be is central to my concerns.
Footnote 33: Alexander thinks that we are Selves, and that Selves are tropes – abstract particulars – which by my lights is about as far from the truth as you can get, so I need to consider his arguments carefully.

Footnote 34:
  • The comment about the prolixity of the reading list applies even more to Souls than Selves, without the positive connection my primary thesis.
  • However, if we were to be souls, this would solve the resurrection problem; so I need to thoroughly understand the reasons why we might be – but most likely are not – souls.
Footnote 35: This looks interesting, but is somewhat off-topic for a priority reading-list.

Footnote 36: This is rather elementary, and ought to have been reviewed in Chapter 01.

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Footnote 23: (Thesis - Chapter 04 (Basic Metaphysical Issues))

Abstract

  • I need to discuss the logic of identity, survival and persistence, and even whether identity matters in survival.
  • Substances and sortals are central to the persistence of anything, and in particular to my claim that persons are phase sortals of human animals (the substances).
  • The question of Natural Kinds arises in considering whether PERSON is a natural kind concept.
  • Certain four-dimensional approaches to persistence do away with the substance concept, but I discuss this issue in the next Chapter.



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.



Chapter Introduction
  1. The purpose of this chapter is to clarify my views on a number of logical and metaphysical issues that are central to the core of this Thesis.
  2. I will also consider Derek Parfit’s claim that “Identity is not what matters in survival” in this Chapter.
  3. The coverage in the Chapter itself will have to be very brief lest it consume the word-count for the entire thesis. Most information – and in particular the bulk of the justification for my views – will remain in the Notes.
  4. Three background issues, namely my views on:-
    • Persistence and Time,
    • Thought Experiments, and
    • Constitution
    are covered elsewhere (follow the links above).
  5. Other topics may be added as they arise.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed6
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going:-
  2. Basic Metaphysics7
  3. Logic of Identity (General)
  4. Relative Identity
  5. Vague Identity
  6. Indeterminate Identity
  7. Contingent Identity
  8. Occasional Identity
  9. Criteria of Identity
  10. Substances
  11. Sortals & Phase Sortals
  12. Kinds and Natural Kinds
  13. Metamorphosis
  14. Does Identity Matter?
  15. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  16. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.
    • To be Supplied.



Links to Notes
  1. Logic of Identity, including:-
    • Relative Identity,
    • Vague Identity.
    • Indeterminate Identity,
    • Contingent Identity, and
    • Occasional Identity.
  2. Criteria of Identity,
  3. Substance,
  4. Sortals,
  5. Metamorphosis,
  6. Phase Sortals,
  7. Kinds,
  8. Natural Kinds,
  9. Does Identity Matter,
  10. Others to be supplied as they come up.



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 6:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 7: There’s an endless amount of stuff in this area, so I’ve (for now) chosen a couple of contrasting approaches.

Footnote 8: Footnote 9:
  • Modality is important in my thesis, because modal questions come into persistence criteria.
  • That said, the last two essays in the book – by Hossack and Olson – are the most important, though of these two only that by Hossack really belongs to this Chapter.
Footnote 10: I’m not sure where this book should be parked, and not all of it is relevant.

Footnote 11: I doubt this paper is really about Relative Identity, but more about Brain Transplants).

Footnote 12: Read the Synopsis below first.

Note last updated: 28/01/2018 10:33:36


Footnote 24: (Thesis - Chapter 06 (Animalism and Arguments for It))

Abstract

    This Chapter describes what Animalism is, with an excursus on animals and organisms and their persistence.
  • It puts forward the arguments in favour of animalism, those against being reserved for a later Chapter.
  • It focuses on the account of Eric Olson, the primary contemporary exponent of Animalism.



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.



Chapter Introduction
  1. As we saw in Chapter 02, nothing is more obvious than that we are human animals.
  2. The disadvantages of whole-hearted acceptance of this seemingly obvious fact are firstly that it seems to demote human beings from their status of being made in the image of the God most people no longer believe in. There are two responses to this; either to deny that it does, or to accept that the differences between human beings and other animals are those of degree rather than kind.
  3. A second disadvantage is that accepting that we are human animals makes the prospects for post-mortem survival look bleak. This is addressed in Chapter 11.
  4. So, while saying that we are human animals might seem to be the default position – and so the burden is on others to demonstrate that we are not – the historical situation places a burden on the animalist to present the case for animalism with as much rigour as possible.
  5. Further text to be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed5
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. As this is a “core” chapter, the coverage of the literature will be very complete, if not exhaustive, when it comes to Animalism itself.
  3. For background topics, it will be more selective6. Hence, I have divided the reading list into two.
  4. I’ve not been overly careful to segregate the reading-list of this Chapter from that of Chapter 8. I will address the segregation in due course. There will, in any case, be some overlap.
  5. Core Topics
  6. Background Material
  7. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  8. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.
    • To be supplied.



Links to Notes
  1. Animalism,
  2. Animalists,
  3. Bodies,
  4. Olson,
  5. Animals,
  6. Organisms,
  7. Life,
  8. Thinking Animal Argument,
  9. Other Arguments for Animalism18,
  10. Others to be supplied?



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 5:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 6:
  • There are a few papers listed on the cognitive capacities of animals.
  • I got bored with listing these, so the sample may not be representative.
  • These are, in any case, probably more relevant to Chapter 9 – as an antidote to Baker’s attempted ontological separation of human persons from human animals – so I will move them there – and expand the list if necessary – in due course.
Footnote 8: A knowledge of genetics is important in arguments about the comings into being and identities of animals.

Footnote 9: What is this important book doing here?

Footnote 18: This needs a Note!

Note last updated: 05/04/2016 23:19:41


Footnote 25: (Thesis - Chapter 07 (The Constitution View and Arguments for It))

Abstract

  • This Chapter gives an account of Lynne Rudder Baker’s thesis that human persons are not identical to human animals, but are – temporarily at least – constituted by them.



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.



Chapter Introduction
  1. Baker’s account of constitution is not the standard mereological account, of some larger body being constituted by its parts, but is her own idea that requires explication.
  2. Baker also has a commitment to PERSONs being substances in their own right, rather than being an honorific title applied to substances that at other times might not deserve the honorific.
  3. She also reifies a useful idea – that of a First-person Perspective. It is the FPP that individuates persons, according to Baker, so the FPP requires explanation as well.
  4. Further detail to be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed4
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. I’ve not been overly careful to segregate the reading-list of this Chapter from that of Chapter 9. I will address the segregation in due course. There will, in any case, be some overlap.
  3. Baker
  4. Constitution
  5. Mereology6
  6. Co-Location7
  7. First-Person Perspectives
  8. Constitution View
  9. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  10. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.



Links to Notes
  1. Baker,
  2. Constitution,
  3. Constitution View,
  4. First-Person Perspective,
  5. Mereology,
  6. Dion and Theon,
  7. Others to be supplied?



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 6: While Baker’s understanding of constitution is distinct from a mereological one, it is necessary to understand mereology.

Footnote 7: I’m not sure whether this section belongs here, but it must go somewhere!

Footnote 8: This may properly belong to one of the Chapters on Animalism.

Footnote 9: This Chapter has rather more to do with distributive ethics than personal identity or the FPP.

Note last updated: 05/04/2016 23:19:41


Footnote 26: (Thesis - Chapter 10 (Thought Experiments))

Abstract

  • Any account of personal identity needs to give an account of what is going on in the various thought experiments that have been thought relevant to the topic. It’s also the area that’s most fun. Indeed, I think that the entire Thesis will be an exercise in inference to the best explanation. It needs to account for our intuitions (if there is a universal response) or explain them away as confused. I will firstly briefly consider the propriety of using thought experiments in this domain of enquiry, and then consider the usual suspects, including the following:-
    1. Fission
    2. Fusion
    3. Replication
    4. Commissurotomy1
    5. Multiple Personality Disorder2
    6. Brain-state Transfer
    7. Brain Transplants3
    8. Teletransportation
    9. Siliconisation
    10. Transhumanism



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.



Chapter Introduction
  1. To be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed6
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. I have segregated the papers by sub-topic, but some would fit into more than one category.
  3. Theory
  4. Brain State Transfers7
  5. Brain Transplants
  6. Commissurotomy
  7. Fission
  8. Fusion
  9. Multiple Personality Disorder
  10. Replication
  11. Siliconisation8
  12. Teletransportation
  13. Transhumanism10
  14. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  15. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • To be supplied.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.



Links to Notes
  1. Propriety of Thought Experiments
  2. Principal Examples:-
    • Fission
    • Fusion
    • Replication
    • Commissurotomy
    • Multiple Personality Disorder
    • Brain-state Transfers
    • Brain Transplants
    • Teletransportation
    • Siliconisation
    • Transhumanism.



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: This is more an experiment than a thought-experiment, as commissurotomies are actual.

Footnote 2:
  • Again, this is – allegedly – an existent pathology rather than a TE.
  • Moreover, it might be better situated in Chapter 9 (Click here for Note) as a critique of the idea of an individuating FPP.
Footnote 3: We need to distinguish Whole-Brain Transplants (WBTs) from single or double Cerebrum transplants, and these from brain-tissue transplants, which shade off into Brain State Transfers.

Footnote 6:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 7:
  • There must be many more papers than the classic one by Williams (and commentaries thereon) – I just haven’t got them correctly categorised.
  • Under this head should be included references to “Brain Zaps” and the like.
Footnote 8: Footnote 9:
  • Tye seems to be discussing brain-partition, with silicon transceivers. But he uses Unger’s term “zippering”.
  • He is indebted to Arnold Zuboff, who may be worth following up.
Footnote 10: Footnote 11: I’ve read this book, but it’s insufficiently philosophical for its arguments – such as they are – to be worth considering as a priority.

Footnote 12: Cover in the next Chapter.

Note last updated: 05/04/2016 23:19:41


Footnote 27: (Transhumanism)

Plug Note1






In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • A number of my philosophical Notes are “promissory notes” currently only listing the books and papers (if any) I possess on the topic concerned.
  • I’ve decided to add some text – whether by way of motivation, or something more substantive – for all these identified topics related to my Thesis.
  • As I want to do this fairly quickly, the text may be confused or show surprising ignorance.
  • The reader (if such exists) will have to bear with me, and display the principle of charity while this footnote exists.

Note last updated: 02/07/2017 10:36:29


Footnote 28: (Thesis - Chapter 11 (Resurrection))

Abstract

  • If mind-body substance dualism is false, and we are identical to human animals, then the only possibility for post-mortem existence is some form of bodily resurrection.
  • Since the body is destroyed at death, it would seem that any resurrected individual could only be a copy of the original. It might think of itself as the resurrected pre-mortem individual, but it would be wrong.
  • Consideration of arguments by Peter Van Inwagen in this respect.
  • This chapter is likely to be controversial, so needs to be very carefully argued, and factually correct concerning what is actually believed by intellectually-aware Christians and Muslims (unlike what seems to be the case with most swipes against religion).
  • Maybe I should also cover reincarnation.



Research Methodology
  • Follow this Link for a generic statement of how I intend to pursue each Chapter.
  • The method is broken down into 12, possibly iterative, stages.
  • Follow this Link for my progress dashboard on these tasks.



Chapter Introduction
  1. While I wish in this chapter to consider seriously the religious hope of resurrection, I do not want to get side-tracked onto matters of Scriptural exegesis, or into evidential matters of whether particular resurrections – specifically of Jesus – happened or not. In this regard, I’m interested only in what they take resurrection to be, and whether they provide any detailed metaphysical account of how it is supposed to work.
  2. As in the chapter on Thought Experiments, this chapter is partly aimed at checking how (my version of) animalism copes with projected situations. As such, I may extend this to other posited versions of post-mortem survival, though most are ruled out by the essentially physical nature of the human person as proposed by animalism.
  3. While not wanting to get too far off topic, especially at the end of the thesis, I want to consider some of the ethical consequences of adopting Animalism with – I presume – the lack of hope of post-mortem existence. Hence the reading material on death itself and on “matters of life and death”.
  4. Further text to be supplied.



Main Text
  1. To be supplied.



Links to Books / Papers to be Addressed4
  1. In this Chapter I will consider the following papers or book chapters (together with some others referenced by these). There are doubtless many more that are relevant and which will be addressed in the course of the thesis, but these are probably sufficient to get us going.
  2. I have divided those on the core topic of resurrection into those that are from a religio-philosophical perspective, rather than pure philosophy. In general, those written by professional philosophers are in the latter section, even if addressed to a religious audience.
  3. As the topic of death in itself – and the ethical consequences of death without post-mortem survival - are important issues, I have reading lists for these as well.
  4. Finally, in order to diagnose death, we need to know what life is! I’ve not really investigated a reading-list for this.
  5. Life:
  6. Death:
  7. Death and Ethics6:
  8. Resurrection - Purely Philosophical:
  9. Resurrection - Religio-Philosophical:
  10. Many aspects of these papers will need to be either ignored or reserved for other chapters.
  11. The motivation for these works is as follows:-
    • Gasser is the most important work I need to address.
    • Wright’s big book (hopefully) supplies all there is from the Christian side – even though the focus is on a specific – and theologically and metaphysically special – resurrection.
    • Bynum and Gillman provide background information from the Christian and Jewish perspectives, respectively.
    • Badham is a rather elementary Christian discussion, and may be rejected.
    • Corcoran is an important survey, already included in the reading for a couple of other Chapters.
    • Edwards, Flew and Penelhum are useful surveys of older material, which is useful just to read for the appropriate background. There is some considerable overlap in the selections.
    • I suppose I need to discuss death itself, hence Kagan, McMahan, Regan & Wyatt – though skipping the ethical bits.
    • Perrett and Tippler may be a little off-centre, and I may reject them on closer inspection.
    • The other individual papers – especially those by van Inwagen and Shoemaker – are probably important, but justification is to be supplied.
  12. Books / Papers Rejected: There are a number of works that I have in my possession that I considered investigating, but in the end decided not to. They are listed here, with reasons for rejection. Of course, there are very many others less tempting that appear in the topical reading lists but are not specifically mentioned here.
    • To be supplied.



The Cut
  1. There had already been a lot of cutting in the various selections of the original reading list – the reading lists attached to the Notes run on and on – and these items just represent the works in my possession (though I have sought out all that I’ve heard of that look relevant).
  2. However, the items in the lists following were given some attention, and have been culled – at least temporarily – from the lists above, where they originally appeared. I’ve not always given a reason as I’ve not studied them sufficiently closely. But, you have to draw a line somewhere.
  3. I’m well aware that the cut has not been sufficiently rigorous9. Further items beyond the items below are likely to be culled when I come to process them.
    • To be supplied …



Links to Notes
  • A lot of my notes seem to mention resurrection and the Notes fall into at least two categories10:-
    1. Thesis:-
      1. Resurrection,
      2. Life,
      3. Death,
      4. Corpses,
      5. Immortality,
      6. Reincarnation,
      7. NDEs,
      8. Makropulos Case,
      9. Life after Death.
    2. Philosophy of religion:-
      1. Resurrection,
      2. Resurrection (Metaphysics),
      3. 1 Corinthians 15,
      4. Heythrop.



Final Remarks
  1. This is work in progress.





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • See the section on Research Methodology for what is to be done with these.
  • The author’s surname is repeated in the text to make it easier for me to see what’s going on in the encoded text I work on.
Footnote 6:
  1. The topic of “Death and Ethics” is already a bit tangential to my thesis, but there’s a set of questions – of which two are the most important, namely:-
    • Why is death bad (for the deceased)?, and
    • Can the dead be harmed (assuming they no longer exist)?
    – in which I have an interest, and on which I wonder whether my views on Personal Identity have anything to say.
  2. Therefore, I park here a bunch of papers on these topics (more on the second than the first) that may or may not get “processed”:-
Footnote 7:
  • Unlikely to have anything to do with resurrection, but I want an excuse for reading the book!
  • Maybe belongs to Chapter 8.
Footnote 8: Hardly philosophy, but important to have read!

Footnote 9: Especially as the list is currently empty!

Footnote 10: Write-up notes are accessible via the papers or books they are write-ups of.

Note last updated: 05/04/2016 23:19:41


Footnote 29: (Theo Todman's BA Papers)

Here are my BA writings. Currently these are mostly .pdf files only. I have started to convert them to my Notes format1 and (maybe) intend to update them in the light of greater understanding (if any). However, this is not a priority task. There are four groupings, the fourth of which links to another page on my site2:-

Final Year Essays Earlier Essays Book AnalysesPaper Analyses

Here are some final-year BA papers ...

1.This is my BA Dissertation on the topic of Poverty of Stimulus arguments for the Innateness of Grammar. I enjoyed this investigation, and intend to use the kind of abductive arguments on which it is based as a model for my PhD thesis.Poverty of Stimulus
2.This is the first of three essays on Greek Philosophy. Despite my arguing that Greek Philosophy shouldn't be included in the BA, or at least not so early in the course, or not without a lot of motivation, this turned out to be my best paper. This essay is on the topic of fatalism. The Sea Battle
3.The second essay on Greek Philosophy asks whether the Third Man Argument refutes Plato's Theory of Forms. I have to admit that, but for the course, I wouldn't have looked into this subject, and those reading the essay should have a bottle of paracetamol to hand.The Third Man
4.The third essay on Greek Philosophy, asking whether Democritus was a sceptic. I have to ask who cares, but I did enjoy researching and writing the essay. Democritus a Sceptic?
5.This is the first of three essays on Modern Philosophy, and is an attempt to make the most of Locke's psychological view of personal identity. Locke on Personal Identity
6.A second essay on Modern Philosophy. It looks into Hume's Correspondence Theory between our 'ideas' (concepts) and 'impressions' (sense perception). Correspondence Theory
7.A third essay on Modern Philosophy, looking at two of Descartes's arguments that mind and body are distinct substances. Real Distinction
8.This is the first of three essays on Ethics. Caveat lector! I never got the hang of ethics. This essay discusses Mackie's Error Theory. Error Theory
9.This second ethical essay discusses whether moral relativism is absurd. Relativism Absurd?
10.This final ethical essay addresses utilitarianism. Can Mill successfully explain why it is better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied?Higher Pleasures

Here are some earlier BA essays

They are of varying quality, but useful for me to have on-line ...

1.This is a rather feable and incomplete effort addressing Jackson's Knowledge Argument against physicalism in the philosophy of mind. The topic is sufficiently important to make the essay worth completing someday ...Knowledge Argument
2.This is an essay in the philosophy of psychology asking whether "The mind is in effect a Swiss-Army knife, full of specialised modules designed for special purposes."Mind Modular?
3.Another essay in the philosophy of psychology, asking whether the concept of innateness is incoherent or unnecessary. Innateness Incoherent?
4.An essay on the topic of free will. If it is said that I did something freely, is it implied that I could have done something different?Free Will
5.An essay on the border between modern philosophy and methodology, examining Hume's argument that we have no reason to expect the future to resemble the past.Future & Past
6.Another essay on the problem of induction, investigating Hempel's paradox of the ravens.Induction
7.An essay on the philosophy of language, looking at the different uses of definite descriptions.Definite Descriptions
8.First of three essays on bodily sensations in the philosophy of mind, asking whether pains are mental objects. Rather slavishly adherent to Tim Crane's ideas (garbled, no doubt).Pains as Mental Objects
9.Essay asking whether bodily sensations are perceptions of one's body.Sensations as Perceptions
10.Final essay on this topic, asking whether I could feel a sensation to be located in someone else's body.Extraneous Bodily Sensations

Finally, here are some notes taken during the BA course

For a while, I pursued the eccentric line of trying to precis whole books, as a way of attempting to take the subject seriously. This proved to be somewhat time-consuming, so I stopped early in the third year. However, having made the effort, here are the results...
1."Dancy (Jonathan) - An Introduction to Contemporary Epistemology". This is rather a full set. At 110 pages it's not much shorter than the book. Dancy – Epistemology
2."Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind". A bit briefer this time at a mere 71 pages. It is graced by 153 footnotes showing where I disagreed with the esteemed author (or where I was confused, most likely). Crane – Elements of Mind
3."Fodor (Jerry) - The Modularity of Mind: An Essay on Faculty Psychology". Much shorter - only 23 pages; but then, it's only a little book. Fodor - Modularity of Mind
4."Kripke (Saul) - Naming and Necessity". Back to form. 73 pages and 156 footnotes. At least I have the justification that this is one of the "must read" philosophy books. Kripke - Naming & Necessity





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: As an interim step, I now have “stub” Notes for them all, but these mostly still link to the pdfs.

Footnote 2:
  • This page seems to include almost everything I’ve written, categorised by sub-topic.
  • Many of these writings are still only in pdf form and require conversion to Notes.

Note last updated: 01/08/2017 00:11:31


Footnote 31: (Thesis - Later Reading)

Introduction

  1. The reading-list for my Thesis is already too long to manage, and – I have no doubt – new material will always be coming up that I ought to be aware of.
  2. I ought also to keep up to date with what’s going on in other areas of Analytic Philosophy.
  3. As a Cambridge Alumnus, I have access to JSTOR (Link (http://www.jstor.org/)) and thereby to some of the philosophical journals. The access to the text is not up-to-date, but I ought to inculcate a discipline to:-
    • Check the TOCs of the most recent issues, and mark them for future interrogation, and
    • Check the most recent issues with content, and briefly review what’s there, downloading where it looks useful.
  4. occasionally, I’ll come across a paper sufficiently important to include amongst the primary reading, but in general these items will be queued for later.

Journals1
  1. American Philosophical Quarterly (1964-2010)
  2. Analysis (1933-2008; 2009-2013)
  3. Behavior and Philosophy (1990-2010)
  4. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (1950-2006; 2007-2013)
  5. Canadian Journal of Philosophy (1971-2008)
  6. Erkenntnis (1975-2010; 2011-2013)
  7. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice (1998-2010; 2011-2013)
  8. Human Studies (1978-2010; 2011-2013)
  9. Hypathia (1986-2008; 2009-2012)
  10. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (1970-2010; 2011-2012)
  11. The Journal of Ethics (1997-2010; 2011-2013)
  12. Journal of Philosophical Logic 91972-2010; 2011-2013)
  13. The Journal of Philosophy (1921-2008)
  14. Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes (1939-2010)
  15. Mind (1876-2006; 2007-2012)
  16. The Monist (1890-2008; 2009-2014)
  17. Noûs (1967-2003; 2004-2012)
  18. Philosophical Issues (1991-1998)
  19. Philosophical Perspectives (1987-1995)
  20. The Philosophical Quarterly (1950-2008; 2009-2012)
  21. The Philosophical Review (1892-2008; 2009-2011)
  22. Philosophical Studies (1950-2010; 2011-2013)
  23. Philosophy (1931-2008; 2009-2012)
  24. Philosophy and Phenomenal Research (1940-2008; 2009-2013)
  25. Philosophy & Public Affairs (1971-2008; 2009-2013)
  26. Phronesis (1955-2008; 2009-2013)
  27. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association (1927-2010)
  28. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1887-2008; 2009-2013)
  29. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society: Supplementary Volumes (1918-2008; 2009-2013)
  30. Religious Studies (1965-2008; 2009-2013)
  31. The Review of Metaphysics (1947-2010)
  32. Synthese (1936-2010; 2011-2013)

Items Extracted2 or Noted




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: The dates for which I have access to free Text appear in brackets, with a second date-range where appropriate, for papers that can be purchased (or borrowed in hard-copy).

Footnote 2:
  • These have been downloaded.
  • Some Extracted (and maybe “Noted”, which have not been downloaded) papers relate to topics in which I have an interest outside the domain of my Thesis.

Note last updated: 13/01/2015 19:07:41


Footnote 32: (Status: Philosophy of Religion (2017 - December))

Rationale for this Project

  • See my Christian page and onward links from there for an explanation of how I got in to and out of evangelical Christianity. This is still a live issue for me, and the reason I originally undertook formal philosophical training.
  • The connection to my current philosophical researches arises from the standard religious hope that resurrection – or some other form of post-mortem survival – is possible. This is a cornerstone of religious claims and expectations, at least in the Abrahamic religions, from those of suicide bombers to those of more pacific persons. I wish to go back to the considerations that originally motivated Locke and research the metaphysical possibility of resurrection for beings such as us. My current opinion is that resurrection for human beings is metaphysically impossible2, given that substance dualism is false.
  • In late September 2010 I took the Philosophy of Religion Module of a 2-year part time MA in Philosophy and Religion at Heythrop College (Link (http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/)), University of London. Follow the links for my Personal Statement, Interview Write-up, and Course Outline. I decided not to proceed with the MA but do intend to follow up on7 the many issues raised.
  • During 2016 I assisted with the Appendices of my friend’s PhD Thesis on the Narrative Structure of the Acts of the Apostles, building a website. See "Mansell (Peter) - Bottom Up Reading of Acts".

Summary of Progress during October - December 2017
  1. I had planned 3 hours / week for this quarter, but achieved about 50% more than that.
  2. Consequently, I spent 59 hours on this project in 4Q17 (59 hours YTD, where by “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the academic year commenced in October 2017). That’s 150% of the planned effort (150% YTD). Overall, 9% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 9% YTD) – as against 6% planned (6% YTD).
  3. The highlights of the quarter were:-
    • I continued with reviewing "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2", though didn’t spend as much time as I’d hoped, because of the items below. I have been given an extended deadline of “Passover 2018”.
    • I attended the OBT conference “Jesus in the Old Testament”, and subsequently had protracted email and verbal discussions with Pete, Mike and Sylvia on the topic.
    • I reviewed the first 6 articles on Acts that Pete had produced for Search.
    • I also read a couple of papers associated with Aeon.
  4. Further details of activity in the last quarter are given below:-

Religion (Total Hours = 34)
  1. Religion - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 30)
  2. Religion - Lectures

Religion Background (Total Hours = 25)
  1. Religion Background - Admin
  2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 24.25)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (3.5 hours)
    • "Interaction - Discussions with Pete" (0.25 hours)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Pete & Caro (1 hour)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Pete & Caro; Mike & Sylvia; Julie (8.75 hours)
    • Interaction - Marek Olsansky re Carthusians (0.25 hours)
    • Interaction - Pete's 6 Articles on Acts - Reviews (6.75 hours)
    • Pete's Paper on 1 Cor 15:4 "according to the Scriptures" (3.75 hours)

Plans for the Near Future

In order to accommodate the work required to critique Michael J. Alter’s book, I’ve increased the planned effort again – to an hour a day (7 hours a week).
  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 Aeon.

Summary of Progress to Date

I’ve hived off the history to a separate document, which still requires a major update.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2: Footnote 7:
  • This pious hope has been sitting unactioned for 7 years now!

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 33: (Aeon Papers - Summary Document)

Links to Topics on this Page

AestheticsAnimalsAstronomyComputingConsciousness
EducationEthicsEvolutionGeographyHistory
IslamLanguageLawLiteratureMathematics
MedicineMetaphilosophyMusicPersonal IdentityPolitics
PsychologyReligionScienceTranshumanism*** Pending ***
Introduction
  1. The Aeon1 eZine:-
    1. Covers a number of topics that I’m particularly interested in, from a semi-professional point of view.
    2. It also covers others that are of more general interest, for which I’ve read papers as they crop up but don’t really have much time to comment on.
    3. Finally, there are others – and particularly videos – which are not as relevant, and which I’ve ignored. In 2017 these were relatively few and far between (though in general I’ve ignored all the videos). Occasionally I’ve read or viewed them, but not incurred the overhead of logging them in my database.
  2. As with all papers, I categorise them by subject, topic and sub-topic: up to three of each. As such, it is possible to cross-refer the subjects under discussion. But as I have about 22,000 papers of one sort or another, this cross-categorisation leads to something of a morass.
  3. Consequently, I’ve decided to list the main topics that I’m interested in that have come up (this will be an on-going job, requiring occasional refinement), and to list the papers that fall under them. That way, it’ll be easier to see how the various authors address the same topics, and in particular how they disagree.
  4. The topics appear in the table above, with links to the lists. The topic of Personal Identity is further broken down in the list.
  5. Unfortunately, there is some need for cross-categorisation, but I’ll have to resist this and live with the deficiency. Multiple-listings will make the lists too long and confusing. Connections will need to be made between the papers themselves in such cases.
  6. I have now logged by category all the papers I’ve accessed since joining the list at the beginning of 2017 – hence developing the categories. I now need to add – usually brief – comments, making use of a disclaimer as necessary.
  7. Stimulating though this exercise is – I’ve found it’s taking too much time away from my research, so I’ve had to put it mostly on hold. What I decided to do in 4Q17 was just to categorise and read those items that really relate to my research. The others cannot for now be categorised or added to my database, but – as a weekly exercise – I added the authors, titles, dates and links in an uncategorised list.
  8. For 2018, I’ve decided that a further refocussing of effort will be required. From now on I’ll only add those papers that are strictly associated with my research, or are particularly interesting. I hope to comment on those papers already logged.
  9. I must also note here that I treat a few other articles I come across that are of similar standard to Aeon, and treat them as though they were Aeon, listing them in the cross-reference and filing them with the Aeon articles proper, for want of a better home. I note this against the individual papers.


Papers
  1. Aesthetics

  2. Animals / Animal Rights

  3. Astronomy / Cosmology

  4. Computing

  5. Consciousness

  6. Education

  7. Ethics7

  8. Evolution

  9. Geography

  10. History

  11. Islam & Philosophy

  12. Language / Linguistics

  13. Law

  14. Literature

  15. Mathematics

  16. Medicine / Health

  17. Metaphilosophy11

  18. Music

  19. Personal Identity13

  20. Politics / Economics / Sociology

  21. Psychology

  22. Religion

  23. Science

  24. Transhumanism36 / AI37



Pending Items
  1. Marcel Zentner, “Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh”, 21 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/men-want-beauty-women-want-wealth-and-other-unscientific-tosh)
  2. Nadia Berenstein, “The flavour revolutionary”, 19 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/the-man-who-shook-the-united-states-by-its-tastebuds)
  3. Tage Rai, Piercarlo Valdesolo & Jesse Graham, “Our enemies are human: that’s why we want to kill them”, 13 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/our-enemies-are-human-thats-why-we-want-to-kill-them)
  4. Bruce Robbins, “How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice”, 12 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-orwell-used-wartime-rationing-to-argue-for-global-justice)
  5. Melissa Feinberg, “The other side of the curtain”, 11 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/cold-war-propaganda-the-truth-belonged-to-no-one-country)
  6. Samantha Muka, “Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation”, 08 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/stop-boycotting-seaworld-if-you-care-about-marine-conservation)
  7. M M Owen, “Freud in the scanner”, 07 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/can-neuroscience-rehabilitate-freud-for-the-age-of-the-brain)
  8. Iason Athanasiadis, “Everyone in the world should be taxed on their energy footprint”, 06 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/everyone-in-the-world-should-be-taxed-on-their-energy-footprint)
  9. Lary Wallace, “Touching the sky”, 06 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/daredevilry-combines-sport-magic-and-machismo)
  10. Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni & Manos Tsakiris, “‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity”, 05 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/let-the-soul-dangle-how-mind-wandering-spurs-creativity)
  11. André Spicer, “How to fight work bullshit (and keep your job and your dignity)”, 04 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-to-fight-work-bullshit-and-keep-your-job-and-your-dignity)
  12. Erik Linstrum, “The empire dreamt back”, 04 December, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/britains-imperial-dream-catchers-and-the-truths-of-empire)
  13. Tomas Engelthaler & Thomas T. Hills, “Porridge is funnier than oatmeal, and booby is funnier still”, 28 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-porridge-is-funnier-than-oatmeal-and-booby-is-funnier-still)
  14. Jens Jakob Andersen, “Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower”, 21 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-marathon-runners-in-the-united-states-are-getting-slower )
  15. Philip Mirowski, “Against citizen science”, 20 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/is-grassroots-citizen-science-a-front-for-big-business )
  16. Massimo Pigliucci, “When I help you, I also help myself: on being a cosmopolitan”, 17 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/when-i-help-you-i-also-help-myself-on-being-a-cosmopolitan)
  17. Guy D. Middleton, “Do civilisations collapse?”, 16 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/what-the-idea-of-civilisational-collapse-says-about-history)
  18. Pavlo Shopin, “Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory”, 15 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/rough-smooth-or-deep-why-the-sound-of-a-voice-is-multisensory)
  19. Julian Strube, “How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion”, 14 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-socialism-helped-to-seed-the-landscape-of-modern-religion)
  20. Kimberley Brownlee, “Stop labelling people who commit crimes ‘criminals’”, 10 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/stop-labelling-people-who-commit-crime-criminals)
  21. David Sbarra, “Psychology’s power tools”, 09 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/this-is-why-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-works-so-well)
  22. Wendy Orent, “When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive”, 08 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/when-evolution-is-not-a-slow-dance-but-a-fast-race-to-survive)
  23. Benjamin C. Waterhouse, “The small business myth”, 08 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/what-does-small-business-really-contribute-to-economic-growth)
  24. Mark Kukis, “War once helped build nations, now it destroys them”, 07 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/war-once-helped-build-nations-now-it-destroys-them)
  25. Marc A Edwards & Siddhartha Roy, “Science is broken”, 07 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/science-is-a-public-good-in-peril-heres-how-to-fix-it)
  26. Scott Atran, “Alt-Right or jihad?”, 06 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/radical-islam-and-the-alt-right-are-not-so-different)
  27. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, “Music is not for ears”, 02 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/music-is-in-your-brain-and-your-body-and-your-life)
  28. Jeremy Adelman, “Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous”, 01 November, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/why-the-idea-that-the-world-is-in-terminal-decline-is-so-dangerous)
  29. Bryan W Van Norden, “Western philosophy is racist”, 31 October, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-western-philosophical-canon-is-xenophobic-and-racist)
  30. Chris Barker, “Should life in jail be worse than outside, on principle?”, 31 October, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/should-life-in-jail-be-worse-than-outside-on-principle)
  31. James McConnachie, “Be amazed”, 30 October, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/how-walking-a-labyrinth-can-trace-a-route-to-self-knowledge)
  32. Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers, “How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women”, 26 May, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/how-men-continue-to-interrupt-even-the-most-powerful-women )
  33. Vicki Larson, “Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges”, 16 May, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/marriage-should-not-come-with-any-social-benefits-or-privileges)
  34. Skye C Cleary, “Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today”, 10 March, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/simone-de-beauvoirs-political-philosophy-resonates-today)
  35. Joel Mokyr, “How Europe became so rich”, 15 February, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/how-did-europe-become-the-richest-part-of-the-world)
  36. Richard W Orange, “Latte pappas”, 18 January, 2017, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/swedens-hands-on-dads-and-the-hormones-of-fatherhood)
  37. David Farrier, “Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces”, 31 October, 2016, Link (https://aeon.co/ideas/deep-time-s-uncanny-future-is-full-of-ghostly-human-traces)
  38. Wendy Orent, “The Black Death”, 10 October, 2016, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/what-caused-the-black-death-and-could-it-strike-again)
  39. Joyce E Chaplin, “The hand-held’s tale”, 16 October, 2015, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/where-did-our-passion-for-the-handheld-device-originate)
  40. Ted Scheinman, “What lies beneath”, 28 July, 2015, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/why-do-archaeological-fraudsters-work-so-hard-to-deceive-us )
  41. Dimitris Xygalatas, “Trial by fire”, 19 September, 2014, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/how-extreme-rituals-forge-intense-social-bonds)
  42. D. Watkins, “Stoop stories”, 26 June, 2014, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/these-are-my-two-baltimores-black-and-white)
  43. Sarah Scoles, “Galactic position system”, 20 May, 2014, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/do-you-know-where-you-are-in-the-milky-way)
  44. Thomas Wells, “Votes for the future”, 08 May, 2014, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/we-need-to-listen-to-our-future-citizens-here-s-how-to-tune-in)
  45. Peter Whiteley, “The fire burns yet”, 25 November, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/the-love-of-land-still-burns-bright-for-native-americans )
  46. Tim Parks, “Inner peace”, 26 July, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/is-the-sound-of-silence-the-end-of-the-self)
  47. Julian Baggini, “I still love Kierkegaard”, 06 May, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/happy-birthday-kierkegaard-we-need-you-now)
  48. Helen Macdonald, “Nest of spies”, 26 February, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/the-tale-of-a-spymaster-and-his-avian-double)
  49. John Quiggin, “This world is enough”, 15 January, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/we-can-end-world-poverty-without-destroying-the-planet)
  50. Stephen J Pyne, “The ice inferno”, 11 January, 2013, Link (https://aeon.co/essays/antarctica-a-place-of-wide-horizons-and-fragile-selves)





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Footnote 7:
  • I don’t have a Note on Ethics per se, but
  • I do have a Note on the allegation that Personal Identity is a Forensic Property of the individual.
  • I’ve also included those topics – like “the good life” – that tend to feature in ethics courses.
Footnote 11:
  • This will probably include general philosophy until a get a critical mass for further categories.
Footnote 13:
  • This is a bucket-list for those items under the topic of Personal Identity that aren’t broken out under other categories.
  • See the full Jump Table here.
Footnote 21:
  • I don’t yet have a note for sexual Identity.
  • Some of these Papers may really belong under Politics.
Footnote 36:
  • The main Note is this one.
  • However, I intend to include such matters as Neuroscience and AI under this head, where they are relevant to hopes of Transhumanism.
Footnote 37:
  • I’ll need to re-house those items that are nothing to do with Transhumanism.
  • Currently, anything to do with computing or the internet appears here.

Note last updated: 28/01/2018 07:32:10


Footnote 35: (Website - Outstanding Developments (2017 - March))

Rationale for this Document

  • My website has evolved over time, and some parts are more active than others. Some haven’t been looked at (by me) for years.
  • I have known of various problems for some time, and they have been queuing for development awaiting my time / enthusiasm.
  • My focus has always been content before form. However, it’s form that catches the eye. So, the site needs a makeover.
  • I’ve also used rather primitive HTML techniques – whatever’s simplest.
  • I have started to document my website and the site-generator. The results are currently in a password-protected area. The functional documentation is very rudimentary, but the technical documentation – in the form of the actual code with hyperlinks between routines, and links to the tables and queries used – is wonderful (even if I say so myself) – something Microsoft should have supplied.
    1. Functional_Documentation, and
    2. Technical Documentation.

Priority Developments
  • Specific Developments:
    1. Ensure FN referencing within Notes and referencing between Abstracts and Notes works for archived Notes.
    2. Read the Google documentation (Link (https://www.google.com/webmasters/)) to investigate where I’m going wrong in the (failure to) use META tags to ensure my stuff sorts correctly in the search engines.
    3. Technical Documenter:-
      1. Separate from the main database & code, then add a parameter so it doesn’t necessarily document itself.
      2. Investigate & fix “Query Fragments” issue.
      3. Enhance to document Macros.
      4. Look at ways of documenting other (MS Access) databases & trial on Northwind.
      5. Investigate possibilities of retailing the documenter.
    4. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
    5. 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. Bug: PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-“ Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
    6. Add more content to the photos pages.
    7. Enable reproduction of archived “Printed Notes”.
    8. Fix problem with broken bespoke links to Printed Notes from Archived Notes.
    9. Solve the problem of the size limitation for Notes (eg. by allowing their concatenation, but check in Access 2013 first).
    10. Subsequently, remove all large “Comments” that have been utilised to expand Paper abstracts (by moving them to Notes).
    11. Allow direct Note-links in Footnotes (as well as the “Click here for note” style).
    12. Web Spider:-
      1. Add “.shtml” and “.shtm” to the list of web-suffices.
      2. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken “Internal” links and prevent recurrence,
      3. Complete investigation into broken “External” Links.
      4. Correct the code so the discovered problems don’t recur, and
      5. Fix the historical data (no simple task to automate).
      6. Delete “orphan pages” that are never linked to, ie.
      7. Use the Spider to “prune” redundant pages automatically where possible.
    13. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
  • General Developments / Investigations:
    1. Undertake a trawl through the code for all functions within the generator – making improvements for efficiency and function.
    2. Supply rudimentary functional documentation as a spin-off from the above.
    3. Undertake a trawl through all (categories of) web-page, making aesthetic improvements, and correcting content.
    4. Standardise to HTML5.
    5. Look into Optimizr2.
    6. Review the effectiveness of the categorised reading lists for both Papers and Books.
    7. Investigate the use of RTF in memo fields, so that I can get round the 64k character limit.

Further Priority Items
  1. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
  2. Add easily-visible "quality markers" to Notes.
  3. Add “Date Created” to Note-Links (for audit purposes; I’m still not convinced that links disappear when they should).
  4. Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated.
  5. Very long pages (eg. Concatenated Notes and Book Paper Abstracts) fail to render correctly in Firefox (mostly OK in other browsers). Investigate whether it’s possible to subdivide them.
  6. Use generated Javascript to allow multi-level expandable / contractable lists in Notes and Paper Abstracts.
  7. Check (in use) that the optional "don't print" feature for specific footnotes doesn't print other footnotes further down the chain. Probably OK.
  8. Add "Specific", "Contextual" & "General" Notes as an optional footer to all Notes. I think this is important – part of the difficulty in understanding some philosophers is knowing what their background assumptions are, as this influences what they take to be “obvious” or “a given”.
  9. Create automatic key-word referencing (ie. to Notes in the Notes-Group "Personal Identity").
  10. 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. The difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
  11. Fix "American" date formats in Electronic Resources page + add scrolling titles.
  12. Improve flexibility of reading lists attached to printable version of Notes (different sort orders, priority items only, etc).

Known “Work-arounds4
  1. Book Comments: if there are explicit internal links to files in Book Comments, they cannot work both in the BookSummary and BookPaperAbstracts, which are at different directory levels. So, don’t put them in the Comments – only in the Abstract.
  2. Books by Location: the jump table led to an invalid location. I bodged the data, by deleting an unused location, and didn’t properly investigate.
  3. Books to Notes: There’s an issue if a note changes from Secure to non-Secure, but I bodged the data and didn’t try to fix it.

Items Completed in 4Q16-1Q17
  1. Created Master Point Lists & Promotions for the ECBA website.
  2. Added new features (70s Club & Monthly Pairs Winners) to my Bridge mini-websites.

Items Completed in 2-3Q16
  1. Developed a website for displaying the textual and grammatical analyses and appendices of Pete’s PhD on the Acts of the Apostles. It exists in two versions: Live (Link (http://www.acts-research.website/)) and Test (Link (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm)).
  2. Revived the archive website for Mountnessing Bridge Club (Link (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml)).

Items Completed in 1Q16
  1. Reconciled my X-IMP calculations with a new feature provided by Bridgewebs.
  2. Created Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s ladders for my mini-websites & accommodated Alaric’s new scoring system for St. Edith’s.
  3. Allowed Note- & Footnote-links from multiple words5. This is such a useful feature!
  4. Similarly, enabled direct links to Notes from within Footnotes.
  5. Created direct links from Subject, Topic & Sub-topic (in Book and Paper Summaries) to their link pages.
  6. Completed converting “static” pages to Notes.
  7. Created an automatic documenter – with links to the code – for Forms.
  8. Stopped (I hope!) “private” Notes showing in Paper Abstracts.
  9. Some tidying up of the 3,000-odd external links from my website.

Items Completed in 4Q15
  1. Enhanced my backup system to prune items backed up multiple times (eg. if they moved directory).
  2. Neatened up the linkage headers in Book & Paper Abstracts.
  3. Segregated the code-archive, which was bloating the generator database.
  4. Segregated the Bridge website generators from those for my own website. They now live in separate databases and have their own documenters.
  5. Created a consolidated processor to enable overnight regeneration of the whole website.
  6. Converted the “static” pages in my website to Note format (so they can change and retain history).
  7. Finally cracked the Spider for external links, and used it to check the 3,000-odd links from my website. Some tidying up outstanding.

Items Completed in 3Q15
  1. Completed the upgrade of Sophie Botros’s website (Sophie is an old friend and supervisor from Birkbeck); see Link (http://www.sophiebotros.com/).
  2. Created a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (Link (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/)).
  3. Created a new website for the First Class Bridge Academy (Link (http://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/)).
  4. Made a lot of progress on improving the hyperlinking in my own website – I’ve broken the back of this project. The links now work accurately, but I need to ensure the efficient propagation of linkage changes across the site without requiring a complete regeneration.
  5. Tidied up the archived Notes.
  6. Ported my “handicap / improvers” routines from Hutton to “Mini Websites”.

Items Completed in 2Q15
  1. Development of the “Eve Goblets” (victor ludorum) software for the ECBA, and roll-over to the new season.

Items Completed in 1Q15
  1. Further improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines. This work has been taken up by the ECBA for county-team selection.
  2. Vastly improved the “bulleting” options in Notes, etc.
  3. Improved the format and content of “Authors” pages.
  4. Segregated time-recording so I can easily see how much time is spent developing and supporting my own website, and how much is spent on those of other organisations.
  5. Took on the ECBA Website, at the cost of considerable effort, and also started a project to provide small websites for bridge clubs without sites.

Items Completed in 4Q14
  1. Improvements to my Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs calculation routines – different formats, including the Jeff Smith format, and extension to Butler-scored Pairs events. This work has been taken up by the ECBA selectors for county-team selection.
  2. Made improvements to the regeneration and referencing of archived Notes.
  3. Fixed the bug wherein the Spider ran out of system resources on large runs: now compacts & repairs the slave database as it does along (every 200k links; parameterised).

Items Completed in 3Q14
  1. Created a suite of programs to extract data and calculate Butler-IMPs and Cross-IMPs from the travellers on Bridgewebs Teams events, and output ranking-lists to the Web.
  2. Created a progress-tracker for my Thesis.
  3. Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for Notes links.
  4. Started to split Paper Abstracts from Write-ups.
  5. Continued working on my Spider and started to use it to clean up my website by diagnosing broken links.

Items Completed in 2Q14
  1. Created multiple secure areas on my website, so that Documentation is no longer hiding under my Supervision Notes.
  2. Created the facility for Author Narratives.
  3. Added extra linkages between pages (eg. on Author).
  4. Wrote routines to import old (but missing) archived Notes into the database so they can be (and have been) re-exported in the current format.
  5. Used a clone of my Spider routines to create a backup and restore system.

Items Completed in 1Q14
  1. Created a “Website Regeneration Dashboard” to show when the various elements of my website have been refreshed, and how long the routines took to run. Links to this appear in the footer to each webpage.
  2. Improved the regeneration routines for the various classes of webpage, and got them to record statistics in support of the above.
  3. Repaired / updated my Website site-map.
  4. Made a lot of improvements to my Site generators, in particular the pesky bug that stopped the links to archived Notes working correctly.

Items Completed in 4Q13
  1. None!

Items Completed in 3Q13
  1. Enhancements to "Books & Papers Collection Categorised" Pages
  2. "Single Image" development for Notes
  3. Allowed "Authors Works Lists" to be linked-to from Notes
  4. Created Archived Notes Re-Export facility
  5. Converted Tables to CSS3 standard
  6. Re-engineering Monthly Reporting on Change of Year
  7. Re-engineered Time-Recording, so that actuals are held against Papers (and Books) in a separate table, rather than as columns by year in the Papers / Books tables themselves. Retained the grand totals only.
  8. Simplified / Re-engineered Notes processing
  9. Sorted conflicts between Subject, Topic & Sub-Topic IDs
  10. Used CSS in all manually-crafted and automatically-generated pages
  11. Improved linkages between Book/Paper Lists and Summaries or Abstracts

Items Completed in June 2013
  1. Some pages render oddly in Chrome (and maybe other browsers) – investigated7.
  2. Reduced the size of photos (to make the pages quicker to load).
  3. Improved the linkage between Papers and Books.
  4. Improved error-recovery where encoding fails for links to Books, Papers and Authors. That is, where one of my bespoke tags (eg. +B8) doesn’t match with its corresponding anti-tag (eg. B+).
  5. Wrote the Code Documenter.
  6. Created a code & query archive facility as part of the above.
  7. Created “Consolidated Bridge Results” webpages.
  8. Developed "Books by Location" Pages
  9. Improved "Concatenated Notes" production
  10. Improved "This Month's Summary" Reporting
  11. Improved Quarterly Reporting
  12. Merged Philosophy & Bridge Databases
  13. Replaced macros with code.
  14. De-bugged the Spider.

Items Completed prior to June 2013

See separate document (which requires updating).




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • For Optimizr, see Link (http://www.optimizr.com/). A quick look doesn’t show it to be an obvious scam, but I need to double-check.
  • An unsolicited analysis of my site turned up, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • I suspect that this software will try to get me to buy something – maybe to fix the problems – but because I use a generator it’ll be no use.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised.
Footnote 4: These items ought to be fixed, but it’s not currently worth the bother.

Footnote 5: As demonstrated here!

Footnote 7: Fixed – it was very long blank-free URLs in the Source column. I now call my “WebRef” function to convert these to hyperlinks.

Footnote 8: Naturally, I can now say precisely what I mean, by using a plus-sign, as it no longer causes the process to fail!

Note last updated: 10/04/2017 23:38:24


Footnote 36: (Status: Web-Tools (Summary of Progress to Date))

This report summarises progress to date on my “Web Tools” project. I produce a monthly report, but I intend to update this one annually, on change of “Academic Year”. This one is as at end September 2009.

  • MS Access database built and substantially populated for the following objects, lists of which (catalogued by author or title) are available on the web:-
    1. Books
    2. Papers
    3. Abstracts
    4. Notes
    5. Essays
    6. Precis
  • Website-generation routines built in MS Access VBA. Basically, web-page templates are held in the database, and are used to format documents, also held in the database, and create all the interlinking between them. See this picture for the front screen (hopefully, if you click on the image it’ll expand so you can read the text on the controls!).
  • The publishing of the website to the commercially-hosted domain is via AceFTP. In practice, I use a local copy of the web-site when at home (though the performance of the web-based copy is excellent with 2mb broadband), and republish the site to the Web once a week. Updated pages are automatically copied to a Transfer directory as they are regenerated. This directory is then moved to the public website (hence is self-deleting). That means AceFTP is perfectly adequate for maintaining the website.
  • Some attention has been paid to usability on mobile hand-held devices, with alternative “cut down” lists for easy hand-held access.
  • I have developed some rudimentary document formatting capabilities.
    1. Automated hyperlinks.
    2. Bulleted lists.
    3. Blank lines.
    4. Embedded HTML tags have to be used for other functions like emboldening and underlining.
  • There is document versioning in place:
    1. to protect against accidental overwriting of the various objects, and
    2. for performance reasons (so that only changed web-pages are regenerated).
    3. So that the development of thought can be followed through.
  • My pride and joy is the two-way hyper-linking within the Notes arena, and between the Notes and the Books / Papers / Abstracts database, which was the original motivation for the whole project. The ID of the linked document is keyed into the text and the website generator maintains the superscripts, document sectioning and the forward and backward hyperlinks.
  • Directly printable Notes are automatically generated using recursive procedure calls (with a parameter to fix the depth of scan), with subtle tweaks to ensure that footnotes are only printed once and that they are printed in a sensible order (rather than when first referred to: there are references forward and backward in the document). Also, only the major Note (rather than all its footnotes) is printed if an “out of patch” reference occurs (ie. a reference to a Note in a different Note Group). Other features for printable Notes are:
    1. For Notes with the "link to the printed version" embedded in the Note itself, I archive the webpage for the printable version, together with the linkage to it, when the Note itself is archived (ie. as the result of amendment). Thus "printable versions" should always display the appropriate versions of all links, even when triggered from archived versions ("Previous Published Version") of the Notes.
    2. Printed Notes have appended to them a list of (and links to the Summaries of) all Papers and Books either Referenced by the Sub-Topic associated with the Note's title, or directly cited. Also included are all similar references in all footnotes within the depth of scan (while ensuring no duplication).
    3. There are "mix and match" options of printing all footnote references (including the "forwarding items") and printing the reading list.
    4. For Printable Notes where further footnotes are to be suppressed (either because outside the depth of scan, or because the referenced Note is "out of patch", or where referencing/forwarding of repeat footnotes is suppressed), the sub/superscripting which would otherwise encourage the reader to look for a nonexistent Footnote is suppressed.
    5. A page explains what's going on with printable Notes!
  • A Blog and an Animadversions pages are produced, using the Notes technology, together with corresponding Jump Tables. Colour conventions have been adopted to distinguish my thoughts from those of correspondents.
  • “Private” Notes that aren’t ready to be published (or are never intended for publication) are only visible on my local site, with a polite notice appearing on the public site.
  • A “Temp” status allows the format / content of Notes to be iterated without burdening the archive or the public; the previously-published Note remains published until the Temp status of the Note is removed.
  • A master "all by category" Jump Table shows the numbers of notes by category, and hyperlinks to the categorised Jump Tables.
  • Jump Tables show the number of Notes by category that have changed in the last 1, 2 or 4 weeks, together with links to the next level jump-tables that provide a convenient route to the changed Notes.
  • I have added a password-protected area to the website (initially for MPhil/PhD Supervision material). This involved some careful programming to ensure the intra-website hyperlinks in and out of this area still worked.
  • Lists created of web-sites relevant to Personal Identity research and of the location and associated content-range of electronic journals.
  • January 2009 upgrade:-
    1. Enabled hyperlinking from Books to the Papers / chapters that constitute them.
    2. Added a facility whereby the printing of a particular footnote can be suppressed, though the on-line hyperlinking is maintained.
    3. Provided an automated link from Books / Papers to the Notes referencing them (this was in addition to the links already in existence in the opposite direction).
    4. Added a reading-list (of works cited) at the end of the on-line Note, in addition to the list already existing in the printable version.
    5. Fixed the problem of the overpopulation of the Notes directory. The maximum number of files per directory (a parameter set on the server) was increased to 5,000 some while back, but a 1,000 limit is best for performance reasons, and the count in the Notes database is now over 3,000. I did this by segregating the Notes into sub-directories – one per 100 Notes-IDs (though all versions of these Notes are included, and the corresponding printable versions appear in a further sub-directory). For the historical pages, I wrote some code to read all the .htm files and replace the HREF strings.
  • February 2009 upgrade:-
    1. Re-worked and improved my Research Papers page in the light of what I'm currently doing.
    2. Created automatic links from Paper Summaries to Book Summaries - to allow quick navigation from (notes on) a Paper to (those on) the other Papers in the same Book.
    3. Improved the Books / Papers to Notes links to include the right Version and Section (and historical Title) of the Note. Also linked to all archived versions of a Note. This was difficult!
    4. Improved option for Notes (re-)generation, so now have (a) Temp-only, (b) Changed-only (c) Changed & all impacted by Change (d) All.
  • April 2009 upgrade:-
    1. Completed building a site-map of my website; both an alphabetic list, and a hierarchy by topic.
    2. Used Javascript to add an expandable / contractable “by topic” site-map to make it easier to see what's there. Multiple-level hierarchies seem to work fine.
    3. Added high/medium/low Abstract Quality icons for Papers and Books. Defaulted the markers based on Abstract length.
    4. Where Papers or Books appear in categorised lists, the lists now take account of all three instances of each of the three categories (Subject, Topic and Sub-topic).
    5. Added a table of Notes history at the end of each Note (ie. not just the immediately previous version).
    6. De-duplicated the link-pages from Papers / Books to the Notes that reference them. If multiple versions of a Note reference the same Book (or Paper), only the latest version appears on the list.

Items Abandoned or Indefinitely Postponed; currently only one:
  • Investigate FTP directly from MS Access. As the web-pages are generated from a database, I can easily determine which of the pages need re-publishing. The difficulty with this project would (I imagine) be writing the FTP software to manage line-failure recovery efficiently.
    Reason: Creation of the Transfer directory effectively solves the problem.

Note last updated: 18/12/2010 19:58:05


Footnote 37: (Status: Consciousness Studies (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • This is a philosophical topic that has interested me for many years. It would have been my primary area of research, had it not been so difficult and so heavily populated with philosophers.
  • It can be considered as a supporting project for two of my other projects.
    1. Personal Identity (because of consciousness of self) and
    2. Philosophy of Religion (as phenomenal consciousness gives prima facie difficulties for materialism).
  • This project remains in mothballs, except insofar as topics are required explicitly to support my other projects.

Summary of Progress During July - September 2017
  1. In all, I spent 13 hours in 3Q17 on this project (42 hours YTD, where by “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year commenced in October 2016). That’s 99% of the planned effort (80% YTD). Overall, 2% of my Project effort was directed towards this project (2% YTD) – as against 2% planned (2% YTD).
  2. Not much progress to be expected, and not much achieved. Basically, just items from Aeon as and when they turned up, and spent a few hours reviewing Crane’s chapter on consciousness.
  3. Otherwise, I converted a few old Philosophy of Mind essays from pdfs to Notes.
  4. Further details follow:-

Consciousness (Total Hours = 13)
Plans for the Near Future
  1. This project is a central part of the background to my Thesis, in elaborating what matters in the first-person perspective, but I can only plan to spend 1 hour a week in the coming year.
  2. So,
    → Re-read and write notes on "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness",
    → Re-read and review notes on "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind",
    → Read appropriate papers from Aeon.
  3. I don’t intend to write another of these reports until this time next year, unless my priorities change radically.

Priority Reading Material

The priority books are given below.
  1. "Baars (Bernard), Banks (William) & Newman (James) - Essential Sources in the Scientific Study of Consciousness"
  2. "Block (Ned), Flanagan (Owen) & Guzeldere (Guven) - The Nature of Consciousness"
  3. "Carruthers (Peter) - Phenomenal Consciousness"
  4. "Chalmers (David) - The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory"
  5. "Churchland (Paul) - The Engine of Reason, the Seat of the Soul: Philosophical Journey into the Brain"
  6. "Crick (Francis) - The Astonishing Hypothesis - The Scientific Search for the Soul"
  7. "Dennett (Daniel) - Consciousness Explained"
  8. "Gray (Jeffrey) - Consciousness: Creeping up on the Hard Problem"
  9. "Hodgson (David) - The Mind Matters - Consciousness and Choice in a Quantum World"
  10. "Levine (Joseph) - Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness"
  11. "Marcel (Anthony J.) & Bisiach (Edoardo) - Consciousness in Contemporary Science"
  12. "McGinn (Colin) - The Problem of Consciousness: Essays Towards a Resolution"
  13. "Noe (Alva) - Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness"
  14. "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness"
  15. "Papineau (David) - Thinking About Consciousness"
  16. "Penrose (Roger) - The Emperor's New Mind"
  17. "Penrose (Roger) - Shadows of the Mind"
  18. "Searle (John) - The Rediscovery of the Mind"
  19. "Smith (Quentin) & Jokic (Aleksandar) - Consciousness: New Philosophical Essays"

Additionally, I’ve started to catalogue my back-issues of Journal of Consciousness Studies, for which the link below is the jumping-off point:-

→ "JCS - Journal of Consciousness Studies (Consolidated List)"


Other Material

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 38: (Status: Languages (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • I don’t claim to have any linguistic ability, and am usually too shy to utter anything in public in a language other than English – partly because of an obsession with accuracy, but also because of a lack of interest in the use of language for basic communication, leading to a lack of command of everyday speech.
  • I’m interested in how languages function, and in particular how languages in related or unrelated groups compare as far as their grammar and vocabulary are concerned.
  • I’m also interested in nativist theses about the innate hard-wiring of human brains for the acquisition of natural languages at critical phases of psychological development (see my BA Philosophy dissertation “Poverty of Stimulus Arguments for Innate Grammar”).
  • Anyway, at various times of my life I have made forays into various languages by formal or informal study.
  • This used to involve listening on my iPod while walking to and from the station, when exercising down the gym, or in the car to and from music lessons. Now these opportunities have mostly gone. I do have the opportunity when walking Henry the dog, but prefer to let my mind wander.
  • Another problem is that, while initially progress seems rapid, after a while repeated listening to a very limited conversational CD doesn’t lead to any further progress in vocabulary and grammatical understanding – for this, reading and careful study is required.
  • However, Classical Greek, Hebrew and maybe Syriac, Arabic and Latin should be of use in my theological studies, and Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and (potentially) Thai are important with family-members as native speakers.
  • This project has varied in priority over recent years, but is now almost completely moth-balled. This is to provide focus for my major projects, but also reflects the fact that time spent on occasional forays into language-learning is effectively wasted.

Status as at end-September 2017
  1. I planned to spend very little time on this project in the last academic year. In all, I spent 12.5 hours on this project in the academic year ending September 2017. That’s 96% of the planned effort. This effort was expended on:-
    1. Languages - Admin (Total Hours = 2.75)
      • 3Q16 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
      • Updating "Languages - Materials for Use" web-page (2 hours)
        → See "Admin - Languages - Admin"
    2. Languages - Spanish
    3. Languages - Thai (Total Hours = 7.25)
    4. Languages - Turkish
  2. The Spanish was for a trip to Mallorca, and the Thai for Nat’s Thai girlfriend, should she obtain a visa to come to this country.
  3. Additionally, I spent some 37.5 hours in the early months of the academic year immersed in NT Greek, completing Pete’s PhD Appendices website – see "Mansell (Peter) - Bottom Up Reading of Acts" and Link (http://www.acts-research.website/). The time for this was booked to my Web-Tools Project.

Plans for the 2017/18 Academic Year
Materials for Use

These can be followed up here.

Note last updated: 09/10/2017 23:25:26


Footnote 39: (Status: Music (2017 - December))

Rationale for this Project

  • Music is one of the few interests Julie and I have in common – so is worth cultivating on that account.
  • I don’t consider myself to have any particular musical talent, but enjoy listening to music; and communal playing, provided it is with at least minimal competence, is pleasurable enough.
  • I played the oboe for a couple of years at school, starting age 14, and while I got to Grade 5 within a year, I soon lost interest. I also scraped an ‘O’ Level in music.
  • I started learning the piano in mid-2008, and until September 2010 I had a periodic combined oboe + piano lesson lasting an hour with my oboe-teacher in Westcliffe-on-Sea. Since then, this aspect of the project has been in abeyance, though I now intend to pick it up again.
  • Since moving to Billericay over 25 years ago, we occasionally played in a scratch quartet with a couple of friends (piano and recorder) with me on the oboe and Julie on the violin. These friends moved to Shropshire in February 2011, so this occasional pleasure has come to an end with the exception of the occasional visit.
  • However, Julie and I have, since March 2015, been members of a group calling itself The Enigma Ensemble. It is rather chatty and of a poor standard, but enjoyable enough and keeps me practising. I have set up its website: Link (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
  • Julie is a member of the Billericay-based Choir For All Seasons. I did consider joining, but you can’t do everything.

Summary of Progress During October - December 2017
  1. I spent 89 hours in 4Q17 on this project (89 hours YTD, where by “YTD” – Year to Date – I mean the (academic) year commenced in October 2017). That’s 96% of the planned effort (96% YTD). Overall, 13% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 13% YTD) – as against 13% planned (13% YTD).
  2. As can be seen, I took this project yet more seriously this quarter. I intend to make some real progress, and when I have will consider re-starting my oboe lessons (though probably not piano).
  3. I’m continuing to improve my stamina as an oboist, and can now fairly comfortably play for 30 minutes. My aim is two of these sessions a day.
  4. I’ve continued studies of music theory, though piano and aural didn’t get much of a look in. The excellent Yamaha P-45 Electric Piano with deluxe earphones – reported last time – have been gathering dust.
  5. The planned Christmas concert at Abbeyfield was cancelled on account of the snow, but is to be rescheduled for next term.
  6. Further details follow:-

Music (Total Hours = 88.75)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 9.25)
    • 3Q17 Status Reports (1.75 hours)
    • Enigma Ensemble - Abbeyfield Concert cancellation (0.25 hours)
    • Julie's Singing Group - Christmas Meal discussions (3 hours)
    • Music Copying / Filing (3.5 hours)
    • Music Lights (0.25 hours)
    • Oboe - Enigma Ensemble - Set up for Practice for Ann / Julie (0.25 hours)
    • Oboe Reeds + Case (0.25 hours)
  2. Music - Aural (Total Hours = 5.5)
  3. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 70.25)
  4. Music - Piano
  5. Music - Theory (Total Hours = 3)


Plans for the Near Future
Progress to Date

The lists of items performed is cumulative, so I’ve hived off the history to a separate document.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1: Ie. The following:-

Note last updated: 05/01/2018 00:11:31


Footnote 41: (Status: Mathematics (2017 - September))

Rationale for this Project

  • This is rather an eccentric activity, partly an attempt to exorcise some ancient demon – the rather bruising experience of reading mathematics at King’s College Cambridge back in the mid 1970’s.
  • However, any modern educated person should be reasonably up to date with the mathematical sciences, and statistical and probability theory are essential tools for evaluating evidence, and are useful in Bridge! If only advanced mathematics wasn’t such a difficult subject.
  • This project is diverging from Mathematics per se to the Philosophy of Mathematics and other related subjects. For instance, Philosophy of Mathematics features in Philosophy of Religion by providing an analogy or model of the sort of necessary existence that God is supposed to have.

Project Status, end-September 2017
  • I didn’t plan to spend any time during the 2016/17 academic year, and in fact spent 4.5 hours as given below.
  • Several items were papers from Aeon.

Mathematics (Total Hours = 4.5)
  1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing
  2. Mathematics - Admin
    • 3Q16 Status Reports (0.5 hours)

Plans for the 2017/18 Academic Year
Mathematical Resources




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • This has been a vain hope for some years now!
Footnote 3:
  • As noted above, a decent knowledge of statistics is essential to many of my projects, so I ought to get back into it. This is a gentle introduction.
Footnote 4:
  • These are not left over from my Cambridge days as these few books were given away to my sister’s high-school in Gloucester by my mother during my brief sojourn with the Carthusians.
  • Rather, I found them going cheap in bulk at a local second-hand bookshop.
  • They are accessible via …this link.

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