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Status Reports - Status: Summary (2020 - June)

Rationale for this Report


Projects in Progress
Actuals & Planning
Detailed Interim Activities

Plans for the Near Future25
  1. Thesis
  2. Religion
  3. Website
  4. Music
  5. Bridge
  6. Chess
  7. Consciousness
  8. Languages
  9. Mathematics
  10. HiQ
  1. Thesis26
    1. Continue with my Thesis27; in particular
      1. Spend at least an hour a day writing something original.
      2. Fill out those sections that I can write something on without further research.
      3. Rework the structure so that Level-1 or -2 print produces the thesis with the correct reading-list.
    2. Continually review the Note describing my Current Beliefs28 on the topic of Personal Identity.
    3. Complete a full review and update of the Notes I’ve created on Personal Identity, focusing on:-
      1. Those directly referenced by my Current Beliefs29,
      2. Those without a reading list: Evolution30, Person31, Physicalism32, Psychological View33, Psychology34, Religion35, Semantics36, Soul Criterion37, Souls38, Unity of the Person39.
      3. Those not yet in the latest standard format.
    4. Make progress on specific Chapters of my Thesis, using the materials below →
    5. Chapter 140 (Introduction). Focussing on:-
      1. Locke41
        → "Duncan (Matt) - I Think, Therefore I Persist", Complete Write-up
        → "Maurer (Nicholas) - Too Many Persons, or None At All?", Write-up
        → "Strawson (Galen) - 'The Secrets of All Hearts': Locke on Personal Identity", Read
        → "Strawson (Galen) - 'Where our responsibility lies': Locke on personal identity", Read
      2. Introductory and General Works
        → "Unger (Peter) - Identity, Consciousness and Value", Re-read and write up comments
        → "Unger (Peter) - Precis of 'Identity, Consciousness and Value'", Re-read ... also other items from the symposium
    6. Chapter 242 (What Are We?). Focussing on:-
      1. General: "Olson (Eric) - What are We? A Study of Personal Ontology", a core text!
      2. Brains43: "Mitchell (Kevin J.) - Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are", Read & review
      3. Human Beings44: Review the Symposium between:-
        → "Robinson (Denis) - Human Beings, Human Animals, and Mentalistic Survival", Read and Write-up
        → "Johnston (Mark) - 'Human Beings' Revisited: My Body is Not an Animal", Complete Write-up
      4. Persons45: "Cottingham (John) - Why we are not 'persons'", Complete Write-up
      5. Selves46:-
        1. "Arikha (Noga) - The Interoceptive Turn", Read and Write-up
        2. "Dainton (Barry) - Self: Philosophy In Transit", Read and Write-up
        3. "Dainton (Barry) - The Phenomenal Self", Read and Write-up47
        4. "O'Hear (Anthony), Ed. - Mind, Self and Person", Complete Reading and Write-ups
    7. Chapter 348 (What Is A Person49?).
      1. General:-
        → "Noller (Jorg) - A Transformative Account of Personal Identity", Read and write-up
        → "Noller (Jorg) - Person", Read and write-up
      2. Free Will50
        → "Ellis (George F.R.), Etc - From Chaos to Free Will": Complete review & analysis
        → "Gazzaniga (Michael S.) - Who's in Charge? Free Will and the Science of the Brain", Read
        → "Murphy (Nancey), O'Connor (Timothy) & Ellis (George F.R.) - Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will": Quick review & analysis
        → "Murphy (Nancey) & Brown (Warren) - Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?": Quick review & analysis
        → "Nanay (Bence) - Catching Desires": Complete write-up
      3. Personites51, develop Note, using:-
        → "Olson (Eric) - Ethics and the Generous Ontology", Write-up, then …
        → "Eklund (Matti) - The Existence of Personites", Read and write-up
        → "Johnston (Mark) - The Personite Problem: Should Practical Reason Be Tabled?", Read and write-up
        → "Johnston (Mark) - Personites, Maximality and Ontological Trash", Read and write-up
        → "Kaiserman (Alexander) - Stage Theory and the Personite Problem", Read and write-up
        → "Pautz (Adam) - Johnston’s Puzzle about Personites", Read and write-up.
    8. Chapter 452 (Basic Metaphysical Issues). Focus on:-
      1. General: "Hazlett (Allan) - New Waves in Metaphysics", Read
      2. Existence53: "Williams (Christopher) - Death and Other Difficulties", Read and write-up
      3. Logic of Identity54
        1. Partial Identity55
          → "Baxter (Donald L.M.) - Temporary and Contingent Instantiation as Partial Identity", Read and write-up
          → "Hawley (Katherine) - Almost Identical, Almost Innocent", Read and write-up.
        2. Artifacts56
          → "Han (Byung-Chul) - The copy is the original", Write-up
          → "Han (Byung-Chul) - Shanzhai: Deconstruction in Chinese", Read and write-up
        3. "Loose and Popular" vs "Strict and Philosophical" senses of identity
          → "Noonan (Harold) - Identity, Constitution and Microphysical Supervenience", Write-up57
      4. Parfit58
        → "Colen (J.A.) - In Memoriam Derek Parfit (1942-2017)", Write-up
        → "Funkhouser (Eric) - Notes on Parfit, 'Personal Identity'", Write-up
        → "Korsgaard (Christine) - Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency: A Kantian Response to Parfit", Read and write-up
        → "McDowell (John) - Reductionism and the First Person", Write-up59=47
        → "Perry (John) - Time, Fission, and Personal Identity", Read and write-up
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Personal Identity", Write-up
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Prudence, morality, and the prisoner's dilemma", Read and write-up, Note60
        → "Parfit (Derek) - Who do you think you are?", Write-up
        → Complete run-through of the Parfit reading-list
      5. Simple View61
        → "Duncan (Matt) - A Challenge to Anti-Criterialism"
        → "Duncan (Matt) - A Renewed Challenge to Anti-Criterialism"
        → "Duncan (Matt) - Dualists Needn’t Be Anti-Criterialists (Nor Should They Be)"
      6. Vague Identity62
        → "Broome (John) - Indefiniteness in Identity",
        → "Noonan (Harold) - Vague Identity Yet Again"
      7. Narrative Identity63 / Race64. Focussing On65:-
        1. Race and Racism66
          → "Boxill (Bernard), Ed. - Race and Racism: Oxford Readings in Philosophy"
          → "Brues (Alice M.) - People and Races"
          → "Glasgow (Joshua) - Another Look at the Reality of Race, By Which I Mean Race-f"
          → "Olusoga (David) - Black and British: A Forgotten History"
        2. The British Empire & its 'Crimes': obtain a balanced view from:-
          → "Lawrence (James) - Rise And Fall Of The British Empire"
          → "Brendon (Piers) - The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire"
          → "Paxman (Jeremy) - Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British"
          → "Ferguson (Niall) - Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World"
    9. Chapter 567 (Persistence68 and Time69). Focussing on:-
      1. General
        1. "Sider (Ted), Hawthorne (John) & Zimmerman (Dean), Eds. - Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics",
      2. Persistence70
        1. "Haslanger (Sally) & Kurtz (Roxanne), Eds. - Persistence : Contemporary Readings",
        2. "Hawley (Katherine) - Persistence and Determination",
        3. "Wiggins (David) - Continuants: Their Activity, Their Being, and Their Identity", especially
          → "Noonan (Harold) - Review of Wiggins's 'Continuants'", and
          → "Wiggins (David) - Identity, Individuation, and Substance"
      3. Time71
        1. "Boccardi (Emiliano), Ed. - Manuscrito vol. 39 no.4: Recent Trends in the Philosophy of Time: An Introduction to Time and Reality - I", and
        2. "Boccardi (Emiliano), Ed. - Manuscrito vol. 40 no.1: The Passage of Time and its Enemies: An Introduction to Time and Reality - II"
        3. "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History: A Philosophical Enquiry", Re-read & Annotate ... also especially
          → "Botros (Sophie) - Truth, Time and History - A Philosophical Inquiry with Dr Sophie Botros", Complete analysis
        4. "Bourne (Craig) - A Future for Presentism",
        5. "Buonomano (Dean) - Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time",
        6. "Correia (Fabrice) & Rosenkranz (Sven) - Unfreezing the Spotlight: Tense Realism and Temporal Passage",
        7. "Costa (Damiano), Gilmore (Cody) & Calosi (Claudio) - Relativity and Three Four-Dimensionalisms",
        8. Natalja Deng: Various papers, starting with
          → "Deng (Natalja) - One Thing After Another: Why the Passage of Time is Not an Illusion",
        9. Mauro Dorato: Various papers,
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - Presentism / Eternalism and Endurantism / Perdurantism: why the unsubstantiality of the first debate implies that of the second",
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - Presentism and the Experience of Time",
          → "Dorato (Mauro) - The Irrelevance of the Presentist / Eternalist Debate for the Ontology of Minkowski Spacetime".
        10. "Fischer (Florian) - Philosophy of time: A slightly opinionated introduction",
        11. "Friebe (Cord) - Eternalism and the Temporal Content of Persistence", and
        12. "Friebe (Cord) - Metametaphysics: the Ontology of Spacetime and the Presentist/Eternalist Debate".
        13. "Lebens (Samuel) & Goldschmidt (Tyron) - The Promise of a New Past": Complete and send to Sophie Botros & Michael J. Alter,
        14. "LePoidevin (Robin) - Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time",
        15. "LePoidevin (Robin) & MacBeath (Murray), Eds. - The Philosophy of Time: Oxford Readings in Philosophy",
        16. "Mellor (D.H.) - Review of Michael Tooley: 'Time, Tense, and Causation'", Read & review
        17. "Miller (Kristie) - Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition, and Time",
        18. "Roselli (Andrea) - How Long is Now? A New Perspective on the Specious Present",
        19. "Rovelli (Carlo) - The Order of Time",
        20. "Sattig (Thomas) - The Flow of Time in Experience",
        21. "Savitt (Steven) - Presentism and Eternalism in Perspective",
        22. "Skow (Bradford) - Objective Becoming",
        23. "Torrengo (Giuliano) - Time and Simple Existence",
        24. "Thomas (Emily) - Before, now, and next", Expand review
        25. "Thomas (Emily) - Does the Future Exist?", Expand review
        26. "Zimmerman (Dean) - Presentism and the Space-Time Manifold"
    10. Chapter 672 (Animalism73). Focussing on:-
      1. Animals74:
        1. "Chittka (Lars) & Wilson (Catherine) - Bee-brained",
        2. "Keim (Brandon) - I, cockroach",
        3. "Rachlin (Howard) - Teleological behaviourism or what it means to imagine a lion",
        4. "Ross (Don) - Consciousness, language, and the possibility of non-human personhood: Reflections on elephants".
      2. Animalism75
        1. "Hershenov (David) - Review of David DeGrazia’s Human Identity and Bioethics",
        2. "Merricks (Trenton) - Objects and Persons",
        3. "Olson (Eric) - The Human Animal - Personal Identity Without Psychology", my core text,
        4. "Shoemaker (Sydney) - Persons, Animals, and Identity",
        5. "Snowdon (Paul) - Persons, Animals, Ourselves",
      3. Life76
        1. "Al-Khalili (Jim) & McFadden (Johnjoe) - Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology", Finish reading & write file-note
        2. "Difrisco (James) & Mossio (Matteo) - Diachronic Identity in Complex Life Cycles: An Organizational Perspective",
        3. "Lachmann (Michael) & Walker (Sara) - Life ≠ alive",
        4. "Noble (Denis) - The Music of Life: Biology Beyond Genes", Read
        5. "Noble (Denis) - Dance to the Tune of Life: Biological Relativity", Read
        6. "Schrodinger (Erwin) - What is Life?"
    11. Chapter 777 (The Constitution View78):-
      1. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Persons and Bodies: A Constitution View": My other core text. Start a serious review.
      2. "Baker (Lynne Rudder), Etc. - E-Symposium on 'Persons & Bodies: A Constitution View'": Write up reviews of papers,
      3. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul": Read and review,
      4. "Loose (Jonathan) - Constitution and the Falling Elevator": Write a Note.
      5. "Mellor (D.H.) - Micro-composition": Read
      6. "Zahavi (Dan) - Subjectivity and Selfhood: Investigating the First-Person Perspective": Write-up.
    12. Chapter 879 (Arguments against Animalism80):-
      1. "Bailey (Andrew M.) - The Elimination Argument",
      2. Dicephalus & Conjoined Twins81
        1. "Buchanan (Rachael) - The battle to separate Safa and Marwa"
        2. "Campbell (Tim) & McMahan (Jeff) - Animalism and the Varieties of Conjoined Twinning"
        3. "Olson (Eric) - The Metaphysical Implications of Conjoined Twining"
        4. "Stone (James L.) & Goodrich (James T.) - The craniopagus malformation: classification and implications for surgical separation"
        5. "Wikipedia - Craniopagus twins"
      3. "Olson (Eric) - The Role of the Brainstem in Personal Identity",
      4. "Olson (Eric) - On Parfit's View That We Are Not Human Beings",
      5. Pregnancy82
        1. "Damschen (Gregor), Gomez-Lobo (Alfonso) & Schonecker (Dieter) - Sixteen Days? A Reply to B. Smith and B. Brogaard on the Beginning of Human Individuals",
        2. Elselijn Kingma. Especially
          → "Finn (Suki) - Bun or bump?",
          → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Lady Parts: The Metaphysics of Pregnancy", and
          → "Kingma (Elselijn) - Were You Part of Your Mother?".
        3. "Gomez-Lobo (Alfonso) - Sortals and Human Beginnings",
        4. "Isaac (Sasha) - Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation?",
        5. "Oderberg (David) - The Metaphysical Status of the Embryo: Some Arguments Revisited",
        6. "Smith (Barry) & Brogaard (Berit) - Sixteen Days".
    13. Chapter 1083 (Thought Experiments84):-
      1. "Nielsen (Lasse) - Reconstructing Thought Experiments in Personal Identity", Read & Write-up
      2. "Searle (John), Etc. - Minds, Brains, and Programs", Annotate
      3. "Wilson (James) - The trolley problem problem", Write-up
      4. Investigate Transhumanism85. In particular,
        1. "Alexander (Denis) - Healing, enhancement and the human future": Read,
        2. "Awad (Edmond), Etc. - The Moral Machine experiment": Read,
        3. "Ball (Philip) - Sim ethics": Write up,
        4. "Bostrom (Nick) - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies": Read,
        5. "Bridle (James) - New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future": Read,
        6. "Clark (Andy) & Kuhn (Robert Lawrence) - Aeon: Video - Andy Clark - Virtual immortality": Review write-up86,
        7. "Contera (Sonia) - Nano Comes to Life": Read,
        8. "Davies (Sally) - Women’s minds matter" (and papers cited / resisted)
        9. "Francis (Matthew) - Is this life real?", Write-up
        10. "Fry (Hannah) - Hello World: How to be Human in the Age of the Machine": Read & review,
        11. "Graziano (Michael) - Endless fun": Detailed review,
        12. "Hanson (Robin) - The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth", Read
        13. "Harari (Yuval Noah) - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow": Review, especially Chapter 8,
        14. "Kent (Adrian) - Replication Ethics": Read,
        15. "Kobie (Nicole) - Quantum Supremacy is here - So what?": Complete write-up,
        16. "Madary (Michael) & Metzinger (Thomas) - Real Virtuality: A Code of Ethical Conduct": Read,
        17. "Marshall (Richard) & Metzinger (Thomas) - Thomas Metzinger: All About the Ego Tunnel": Read,
        18. "Midgley (Mary) - Biotechnology and Monstrosity: Why We Should Pay Attention to the 'Yuk Factor'": Complete,
        19. "O'Connell (Mark) - To be a Machine": Briefly review,
        20. "Otsuka (Michael) - Personal Identity, Substantial Change, and the Significance of Becoming": Read,
        21. "Schneider (Susan) - Artificial You": Read,
        22. "Shipley (G.J.) - Review of Andy Clark's 'Natural-Born Cyborgs'": Complete review,
        23. "Smith (Wilfred Cantwell) - The Promise of Artificial Intelligence": Read,
        24. "Tegmark (Max) - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence": Read,
        25. "Wyatt (John) - Artificial intelligence and simulated relationships": Write-up.
    14. Chapter 1187 (Resurrection88):-
      1. Death89
        1. "Baillie (James) - We all know that we will die, so why do we struggle to believe it?": Complete review
        2. "Bradley (Ben), Feldman (Fred) & Johansson (Jens) - The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death": Start a review, especially
          → "Zimmerman (Dean) - Personal Identity and the Survival of Death",
        3. "Kaufman (Sharon) - Neither person nor cadaver", Review
        4. "Luper (Steven), Ed. - The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death": Start a review, especially
          → "Olson (Eric) - The Nature of People",
        5. "Stone (Alison) - Thinking about one’s birth is as uncanny as thinking of death": review
        6. "Veatch (Robert M.) - Would a Reasonable Person Now Accept the 1968 Harvard Brain Death Report? A Short History of Brain Death": review
      2. Makropulos Case90
        1. "Moore (Adrian W.) - Is the quest for immortality worse than death?": Detailed analysis
        2. "Moore (Adrian W.) - Williams, Nietzsche, and the Meaninglessness of Immortality": Read and review
      3. Reincarnation91
        1. "Barua (Ankur) - Revisiting the Rationality of Reincarnation-Talk": Write a file-note.
        2. "MacIntosh (J.J.) - Reincarnation and Relativized Identity": Read and review
        3. "Noonan (Harold) - The Possibility of Reincarnation": Read and review
      4. Resurrection92
        1. "Martin (L. Michael) & Augustine (Keith) - The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life After Death": Start a thorough review,
        2. "Badham (Paul) - Christian Beliefs About Life After Death": Read and review
        3. "Baker (Lynne Rudder) - Death and the Afterlife": Read and review
        4. "Corcoran (Kevin) - Dualism, Materialism and the Problem of Post Mortem Survival": Read and review
    15. As background tasks:-
      1. Ensure all items in:-
        → "Various - Papers on Desktop", and
        → "Various - Papers in Desk Drawer"
        are either addressed or re-filed.
      2. Maintain "Various - Papers Yet To Be Logged", and log papers therein if they become important.
      3. Convert old PDF-précis, Etc93 to Notes.
        1. Review the above two reports (how is the first produced, and why aren't the pdfs highlighted?)
        2. As an interim task, if possible, correct the dates + email address on the longer pdfs
        3. Re-read & enhance recent conversions, ie:-
          → "Dennett (Daniel) - True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why it Works"
          → "Popper (Karl) - Corroboration: The Merits of Improbability"
          → "Skyrms (Brian) - The Goodman Paradox and the New Riddle of Induction"
          → "Woolhouse (Roger) - Leibniz and Substance"
          → "Woolhouse (Roger) - Spinoza and Substance"
      4. Complete cataloguing the books downloaded from Springer,
      5. Continue with "Marshall (Richard) - Philosophy at 3:AM: Questions and Answers with 25 Top Philosophers",
      6. Complete reading (or make notes on):-
        1. "Ball (Philip) - Beyond Weird: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Quantum Mechanics is ... Different",
        2. "Barker (Jonathan) - Debunking Arguments and Metaphysical Laws",
        3. "Borges (Jorge Luis) - Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings",
        4. "Costa (Albert) - The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us about the Science of Language",
          → "Hernandez (Arturo E.), Etc - In Memoriam - The Bilingual Brain: Emergent, Dynamic, and Variable. Albert Costa (1970–2018)"
        5. "Dennett (Daniel) - The Mind's I - Fantasies and Reflections on Self and Soul: Introduction",
        6. "Erber (Joan T.) & Szuchman (Lenore T.) - Great Myths of Aging",
        7. "Everett (Daniel) - Did Homo erectus speak?",
        8. "Greene (Brian) - The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos",
        9. "Hoffman (Donald D.) - The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes",
          → "Gefter (Amanda) & Hoffman (Donald D.) - The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality"
          → "O'Grady (Jane) - Donald Hoffman’s 'The Case Against Reality' is hard to get your head around"
        10. "Hofstadter (Douglas) - Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid - A Metaphorical Fugue on Minds and Machines in the Spirit of Lewis Carroll",
        11. "Howson (Colin) & Urbach (Peter) - Scientific Reasoning: The Bayesian Approach",
        12. "Ord (Toby) - The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity",
        13. "Rovelli (Carlo) - Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity",
        14. "Vedral (Vlatko) - Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information".
      7. Complete my Note on "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising" and discuss with Pete & Mike.
      8. Continue reading and reviewing papers issued by Aeon94,
      9. Keep up with the Journals via JSTOR & Cambridge Core.
      10. Update my Journals Note95: Review the journals I have access to; more are available as a Cambridge Alumnus.
      11. Keep up with the philosophical world by regular reviews of "Interaction - Philos-List", but only seriously pursue items relevant to my research.
  2. Religion96
    1. Philosophy of Religion:
      1. "Antony (Louise M.) - Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life": Continue reading,
      2. "Ferguson (Matthew) - Κέλσος": Continue reading the Blog,
      3. "Insole (Christopher J.) - Realism and Anti-Realism": Read,
      4. "Plantinga (Alvin) & Dennett (Daniel) - Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?": Read.
    2. Resurrection: Continue reviewing97
      1. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection: A Critical Inquiry", and
      2. "Alter (Michael J.) - The Resurrection & Christian Apologetics: A Critical Inquiry Volume 2".
    3. Background:
      1. Aeon (https://aeon.co/): Read & annotate papers as they arise
      2. "Finkelstein (Israel) & Silberman (Neil Asher) - The Bible Unearthed": Continue reading
      3. "Finkel (Irving) - The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood": Continue reading
      4. "Lennox (John C.) - Where Is God in a Coronavirus World?": Review in Blog
      5. "Levine (Amy-Jill) & Brettler (Marc Zvi), Eds. - The Jewish Annotated New Testament": Continue reading
      6. "Taylor (Joan E.) - Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and His Times Via Monty Python's Life of Brian": Review KCL Conference videos
  3. Website98
    1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Architecture
        1. Compact and Repair Problems
          1. On compacting and repairing my main database I sometimes get the error "The query cannot be completed. Either the size of the query result is larger than the maximum size of a database (2 GB), or there is not enough temporary storage space on the disk to store the query result".
          2. It happens 3 times while the database is re-opening.
          3. There is lots of space, and the database is only 600Mb (and the error started when it was under 500Mb).
          4. This mostly happens after I've run long processes, so I usually close the database, re-open it and then try the compact and repair. Usually this works, but not always. But I then try again and the message disappears.
          5. I strongly suspect that this is MS Access itself re-indexing tables, and blowing up a temporary database, but I can’t find any evidence for this on-line. Or help, other than suggestions to split databases and do other sensible things. Given that the error occurs when the database is re-opening, with no temporary file visible, is very strange.
          6. 17/04/20 - set MaxLocksPerFile to 1,000,000 (from the default 9,500). Sadly, it doesn't seem to have made a difference.
        2. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
          1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
          2. Look into writing out specific object-identifiers, and linking thereto for Citations, rather than paragraph references. An issue is multiple instances of the same object in a document.
          3. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
          4. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
          5. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
          6. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
          7. Document the process!
        3. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
        4. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
      • Backups
        1. Investigate Record-count discrepancies:-
          1. How do website files work as far as counts are concerned?
          2. Why aren't they recorded in Backup_History, nor the fact that the website was backed up?
          3. Different counts depending on whether new or old laptop is backed up. Investigate 63k discrepancy - lower on new laptop.
        2. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
      • Books
        1. Further improve the time to regenerate Book Summaries. Now takes about 39 minutes, but should be under 5 minutes!
      • Books/Papers
        1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
        2. Reformat the PaperCitings pages:-
          1. Include only useful information on the detail pages; but if there are multiple links from the same object, include them on the same line as 'extra links' as in Authors' Citations (copy the code).
          2. Include counts on the summary page.
          3. Document!
          Do the same for BookCitings
      • Bridge
        1. Develop auto-reconciliation routines vs EBU results download
      • Documenter
        1. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
        2. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
      • Education
        1. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Membership cancelled, but plan what to do with the eBooks in my possession.
        2. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
        3. Read "White (Ron) & Downs (Timothy Edward) - How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology".
      • Infrastructure
        1. iCloud for Windows: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
      • Notes
        1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
        2. Add option in Auto-Reference Notes to automatically ignore words containing certain strings that include the key-word (eg. ignore 'grace' and 'trace' when indexing 'race')
        3. Add option in Auto-Reference Notes to only confirm new items (leaving previously-flagged items untouched)
        4. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
          1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
          2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
        5. As part of the Cross-Referencing project, check out the consistent treatment of Note 87599, which should be universally ignored. Recently, links to it appeared on Book-Summaries, Book_Paper_Abstracts and Note_Book_Links, as a Note referencing a Book. The critical item was a row on the Note_Book_Links table.
        6. Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170100) are being truncated. Probably suppress them in any case, as they take far too long to load.
        7. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
        8. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
        9. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
        10. Split Aeon Page101 into multiple sub-pages (either by topic or by priority)
        11. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
      • Papers
        1. The monthly regeneration process for Paper Abstracts still takes just over 5 hours. Problem is with Cross_Reference_Deletions and Cross_Reference_Additions. Cannot be fixed until the cross-referencing project is fully complete and documented.
      • Photos
        1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
        2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays & Family History
      • Process
        1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
      • Spider
        1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
          1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
          2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages102 automatically where possible.
          3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
        2. The size of the main database bloats to over 1.6Gb during the spider run, so is approaching the 2Gb limit.
          1. Use Check_Database_Size, with a parameter, to monitor the size – output a message along the those reporting the compact / repair of the Slave database).
          2. Put a checks in to STOP if over 1.8Gb.
          3. Determine a solution as the limit is pushed. Some tables are “local” for performance reasons and are later copied to the Slave … maybe move them?
        3. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
          1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed103 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
          2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
          I've re-opened the case!
      • Status
        1. Quarterly Project Reports: Correct Functor_08. The Project Planned YTD % keeps having to be bodged!
      • Technology
        1. Look into Sistrix Smart104. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
          1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
          2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
          3. Page Not Found
          4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
          5. Meta-Description: Empty
          6. Few words on Page
          7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
          8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
      • WebRefs
        1. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
          1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
          2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
          3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
        2. Improve WebRefs checker (Webrefs_Update) further to check for Error 403 "Forbidden". This will often involve finding way of checking pdfs where the returned page is in fact HTML or XML (see DevLog Ref 379).
        3. Investigate defunct items. Populate Defunct_Explanation in WebRefs_Table and include in relevant WebLinks_Tester reports. Consider use of FairUse (Link - Fair Use) for documents no longer available that I'd downloaded.
        4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
          1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
          2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
          3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
        5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
    2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
      • Bridge
        1. Regular updates to the Hutton Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Website.
        2. Regular updates to the Mountnessing Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/mountnessingbc/) Website.
      • Enigma
        1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.
  4. Music105
    1. Oboe:-
      1. Practice the oboe for two 30-minute sessions each and every day106 – focussing on the items below and …
      2. Occasionally combine into an hour-long session to build up stamina further.
      3. Work through, and perfect, scales & arpeggios107 for Grades I-VIII, 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)".
      4. Improve sight-reading by playing through
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Sound at Sight Oboe Grades 1-8", and
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 1".
      5. Occasionally review Grade VI pieces, in particular
        → "Boni (Giovanni) - Sonata in G" (Prelude, but also 2nd, 3rd & 4th movements for interest),
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Blatt - Study No. 52),
        → "Morricone (Ennio) - Gabriel's Oboe (Piano Solo Or Oboe/Piano)"
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Eroica, Aida, Der Freischutz),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Romanze only)
      6. Prepare Grade VII pieces, in particular108
        → "Albinoni (Tomaso) - Concerto in D Minor Op. 9/2 for Oboe & Piano", 1st movement (but also 2nd & 3rd for interest)
        → "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 49 & 70
        → "Cimarosa (Domenico) - Oboe Concerto in C minor", All, but particularly 1st & 4th movements
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Ferling - Study No. 62)
        → "Fiocco (J.H.) - Arioso - Oboe + Piano",
        → "Head (Michael) - Presto for Oboe & Piano",
        → "Hinke (Gustav Adolf) - Elementary Method For Oboe", Items 14 & 18
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (Mozart Jupiter, Tchaikovsky Pathetique, Stravinsky Pucinella),
        → "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (Nos. 28 & 35: 'Jauntless Jig' & 'May The Fourth Be With You'; also No. 30: 'Answer the Question'),
        → "Nielsen (Carl) - Two Fantasy Pieces, Op. 2" (Humoresque),
        → "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (1st Movement),
        → "Schumann (Robert) - 3 Romances, Op. 94 for Oboe and Piano" (1st & 3rd Movements; 2nd for interest).
      7. Prepare Grade VIII pieces, in particular109
        → "Bach (J.S.) - 105 Difficult Passages from the Works of J. S. Bach. For oboe", Items 62, 66 and 28
        → "Davies (John) & Harris (Paul) - 80 Graded Studies for Oboe: Book 2" (Harris - Study No. 74; Luft - Study No. 77)
        → "Miller (Vojislav) & Liebermann (Winfried), Eds. - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions (Orchester Probespiel) - Oboe" (try various),
        → "Mower (Mike) - The Good Tempered Oboe" (No. 44 - 'Dop Dop Doobah'; also No. 45: 'Enlightenment'),
        → "Saint-Saens (Camille) - Sonata Op.166 in D Major for Oboe & Piano" (2nd & 3rd Movements),
      8. Read and apply oboe practice techniques recommended by:-
        Martin Schuring, and
        → "Benedetti (Nicola) - My five tips for learning an instrument".
      9. Read "Caplan (Stephen) - Oboe: The Breathing Book".
    2. Piano: Try to develop some minimal competence as an aid to theory, so:-
      1. Continue practicing "Rhodes (James) - How to Play the Piano" (Bach's Prelude #1),
      2. Work through "ABRSM - Selected Piano Exam Pieces 2009-2010: Grade 1", and
      3. 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:-
      1. Study
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 1", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - The AB Guide to Music Theory - Part 2",
      2. Whiz through110 the exercises in
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 1",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 2",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 3",
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 4", and
        → "Taylor (Eric) - Music Theory in Practice: Grade 5",
    4. Aural:
      1. Run through:-
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 1 (Initial to Grade 5) 2017", and
        → "Trinity Guildhall - Trinity College London Aural Tests Book 2 (Grades 6 to 8) 2017".
      2. Get a grip on the process of ear-training by reading "Deutsch (Diana) - Absolute Pitch", and related material111.
      3. Try out "Boytim (Joan Frey) - The First Book Of Baritone/Bass Solos".
      4. Also follow up items in:-
        → "Various - Music - Aural - Various On-line Training".
  5. Bridge112
    1. Bridge "at the table" is on hold. Only play on-line if pressurised by partners.
    2. Review hands from National Masters Pairs in March 2020.
    3. Review Mountnessing Bridge Club: Hands of the Week (https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwon/bw.cgi?club=mountnessingbc&pid=display_page6).
    4. Bridge Admin: Committee and Website involvement for Mountnessing and Hutton.
    5. Re-read Hand-counting papers, focussing on
      → Papers in Counting the Hands113,
      → "Bourke (Tim) & Smith (Marc), Bird (David) - Countdown to Winning Bridge", and
      → "Lawrence (Mike) - How to read your opponents' cards: The bridge expert's way to locate missing high cards"
      → "Lawrence (Mike) - How to Play Card Combinations"
    6. Read "Klinger (Ron) - Five-card Majors".
    7. Read "Reading - Bridge - Magazines".
  6. Chess114
    1. Why Play Chess: Seriously consider the issues raised by "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess".
    2. Chess Study:-
      → "Hansen (Carsten) - The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals",
      → "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 1",
      → "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 2",
      → "Sadler (Matthew) & Regan (Natasha) - Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI",
      → "Speelman (Jon), Tisdall (Jon) & Wade (Bob) - Batsford Chess Endings",
      → "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", and
      → "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
    3. Chess Training:-
      Chess.com (https://www.chess.com/) (game analysis & daily 10-minute game),
      → "Chess - Chess - YouTube Videos"
      → Complete review of 2018/19 season's games, and keep up to date with those of the current season.
    4. Chess Play: Participation115 if and when play resumes in Billericay Chess Club:-
      → Club Nights
      → NECL matches
      → Southend League matches
      → Consider on-line club play
  7. Consciousness116
    1. Aeon117: Read & annotate papers as they arise, especially ...
      → "Chittka (Lars) & Wilson (Catherine) - Bee-brained": Write-up
      → "Frankish (Keith) - The Consciousness Illusion": Write-up
      → "Frohlich (Joel) - Frames of consciousness": Read & write-up
      → "Parks (Tim) & Manzotti (Riccardo) - You are the world": Read & write-up
      → "Pigliucci (Massimo) - Consciousness is real": Read & write-up
    2. "Bonhomme (Vincent), Etc. - General Anesthesia: A Probe to Explore Consciousness": Read & write-up
    3. "Crane (Tim) - Elements of Mind - An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind": Re-read and review notes.
    4. "Dehaene (Stanislas) - Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts": Read.
    5. "Dennett (Daniel) - Illusionism as the Obvious Default Theory of Consciousness": Read.
    6. "Donald (Merlin) - A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness": Read.
    7. "Eliot (Lise) - What's Going On in There?: How the Brain And Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life": Read.
    8. "Kammerer (Francois) - The Hardest Aspect of the Illusion Problem - and How to Solve it": Read.
    9. "Papineau (David) - Introducing Consciousness": Re-read and write notes.
    10. "Shapiro (Lawrence) - The Mind Incarnate": Read.
    11. "Strawson (Galen) - The Consciousness Deniers": Read & write-up
    12. "Tegmark (Max) - Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence": Write up Chapter 8: Consciousness
  8. Languages118
    1. Thai: Following Nat's emigration to Thailand & marriage to Fon:-
      → "Lang Workbooks - Master the Thai Alphabet: a Handwriting Practice Workbook",
      → "Ling - Learn Thai",
      → "Lonely Planet - Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary",
      → "Becker (Benjawan Poomsan) - Thai for Beginners",
      → "ThaiNotes - Thai Notes",
      → "Various - On-Line Thai Learning",
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Alphabet", and
      → "Wikipedia - Thai Language".
  9. Mathematics119
    1. Aeon120: Read papers as they arise.
    2. "Feynman (Richard), Leighton (Robert B.) & Sands (Matthew) - The Feynman Lectures on Physics - Vol I": Read.
    3. "Gowers (Timothy), Barrow-Green (June) & Leader (Imre), Eds. - The Princeton Companion to Mathematics": Browse.
    4. "Polya (George), Stewart (Ian) - How to Solve IT: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method": Read.
    5. Try the puzzles in
      → "Polya (George) & Kilpatrick (Jeremy) - The Stanford Mathematics Problem Book: With Hints and Solutions", and
      → "UKMT, du Sautoy (Marcus) - The Ultimate Mathematical Challenge".
    6. "Shapiro (Stewart) - Thinking about Mathematics - The Philosophy of Mathematics": Complete reading.
    7. "Smith (Martin) - Why Throwing 92 Heads in a Row Is Not Surprising": Analyze.
    8. "Tammet (Daniel) - Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives": Read.
    9. "Wilmott (Paul) - Machine Learning: An Applied Mathematics Introduction": Read.
  10. HiQ121
    1. ISPE
    2. Mensa
      • Nothing planned.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 1:
  • Since the contents of the groups changes over time, this justification for their segregation isn’t entirely accurate.
Footnote 12:
  • Mind you, the mathematical bits didn’t function very well in my youth, so what hope is there now?
Footnote 14:
  • Due to administrative confusion, I needlessly took their latest entrance test. After chasing them up I was told I “passed with flying colours”, but could get no more information.
Footnote 15:
  • Coxes Farm hails from the 16th century, or possibly earlier, and is very “wonky”, requiring continual maintenance.
  • In December 2017, a base to roof crack appeared in the render at the front.
  • Subsequent investigations revealed that the frame at the front – which had been added in the 17th century – has rotted away, so the front façade was held up by the brick infill and an impervious cement render, the cause of the rot.
  • The front of the house has now been rebuilt, as has ¾ of the rear. A third project – currently on hold – is to rebuild the lower part of a side wall.
  • I’ve written a Blog Item on this saga, with some theoretical thoughts, which I hope to have published in due course.
Footnote 16:
  • If these link to the wrong version, ie. the current one, you’ll need to go the “previous versions” and select the correct one.
Footnote 20:
  • 25 hours / week represents the amount of time that I’d need to spend if I were pursuing my research part-time at Birkbeck – which would be something like 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 21:
  • 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 22:
  • 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 25:
  • 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.
  • If there are any changes to this list between quarters, they will appear in the Priority Task List.
Footnotes 47, 59: Footnote 57:
  • This paper covers the 'Loose and Popular' vs 'Strict and Philosophical' senses of identity, amongst much else.
Footnote 60: Footnote 65:
  • Neither sub-topic is really part of my research into the metaphysics of personal identity, but it's become such an important topic of late - one on which I'm largely ignorant and need to have a considered opinion.
Footnote 86:
  • Also look through other works by Andy Clark to get a handle on what he means by 'patterns in information space'.
Footnote 97:
  • While I couldn't submit to Michael Alter's deadlines and the amount of work required, I ought to at least read these books.
Footnote 102:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 103:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 104:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • 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 monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 106:
  • Well, maybe with the occasional holiday, and excluding days on which I have a lesson or the Enigma Ensemble (currently in hibernation).
Footnote 107:
  • I don't intend to present these for the Trinity exams, as I can present Orchestral Audition pieces instead; but they are essential for technique.
Footnote 108:
  • I've yet to decide which to present for the Exam, so this long list will get whittled down in due course.
Footnote 109:
  • These are just the ones from the Trinity schedule that I happen to have. Some look rather fearsome.
  • The only one I've had assigned is the Second Movement of the Saint-Saens.
Footnote 110:
  • The earlier grades are very elementary, but I need practice writing musical notation.
Footnote 111: Ie. The following:- Footnote 115:
  • This used to say "full participation", but I've let the team captain know that my focus is now on Bridge, and that - while I'm willing to "fill a board" - I don't want to take the place of anyone more enthusiastic.
  • In any case, there's now no over the board chess to be had.
Footnote 122:
  • Though I will probably book the time against my Thesis, as it involves what it is to be a person, transhumanism and the like.


Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 2: (Status: Personal Identity (2020 - June))

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 best place to find my current views is here.
  • The jumping-off point for my thesis is here, and a progress dashboard is here, though neither of these has changed for some considerable time.

Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
  1. I spent 342 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (796 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 121.1% of the planned effort (93% YTD). Overall, 47% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 38.1% YTD) - as against 40.7% planned (38% YTD).
  2. A full list of items worked on in the quarter appears below.
  3. Most previous reports have itemised where my focus has been, but I only intend to do this annually from now on. While I “have to” spend rather too long keeping up with Aeon, I did focus quite well on the real matter of my Thesis, and spent 20% more time than planned on this project (at the expense of Bridge – at last)!
  4. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-
Thesis (Total Hours = 229)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 204.5)
  2. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 24.5)
Thesis Background (Total Hours = 81)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 78.25)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 0.5)
  3. Thesis Background - Status
Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 32)
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 7:
  • Hopefully, I may complete, or get stuck, earlier.
  • I had hoped to complete this phase of my research by my 65th birthday – ie. by 13/11/2018. Previously, I’ve remarked “This is not to slip!” Unfortunately, the distraction of the problems with Coxes Farm – as well as a general lack of focus – have meant that it has!
  • 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, Bridge, Chess and – particularly – my Web-tools project.
  • The original reason for deferring to my 65th birthday was that this is when I became eligible for my State Pension. This may not be much to live on – but it is a quite generous supplement which would make a significant contribution towards the fees and expenses, which prior thereto I couldn’t afford.
  • Unfortunately, my state pension (and Julie’s, for that matter) has been more than gobbled up by payments on the mortgage I’ve managed to obtain for Coxes Farm. We’ll be repaying that until 2031, by which time I’ll be 77. Maybe litigation against a negligent surveyor will liberate some cash.
Footnote 8:
  • 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 10:
  • This is still ludicrously inadequate for what I want to achieve, but is approximately what would be expected of a part-time research student.
Footnote 12:
  • This is obviously far too long, and keeps getting items “carried forward” tacked on to it.
  • Maybe I’ll prune it next time.
Footnote 33: Footnote 43:
  • This paper covers the 'Loose and Popular' vs 'Strict and Philosophical' senses of identity, amongst much else.
Footnote 45: Footnote 46: Footnote 51:
  • Neither sub-topic is really part of my research into the metaphysics of personal identity, but it's become such an important topic of late - one on which I'm largely ignorant and need to have a considered opinion.
Footnote 72:
  • Also look through other works by Andy Clark to get a handle on what he means by 'patterns in information space'.

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 4: (Status: Web-Tools (2020 - June))

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. Active
      1. I’ve created and continue to maintain a small website for a music group Julie and I attend – the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/).
      2. I established the Hutton Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Website in 11Q4 using the standard Bridgewebs service, but with a couple of competitions using my own routines. This was handed over in 15Q3, but I’ve taken it on again as of March 2020, not that there’s currently much to do. It needs a spring clean, but I’m waiting to see whether the club (and its members) survive the coronavirus pandemic.
      3. In 16Q3 I created the Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml) website, using the vast bulk of the pages from their legacy site, as the club had moved to Bridgewebs and lost its historical data. As of March 2020 I’ve taken over the aforementioned Mountnessing Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/mountnessingbc/) website itself.
    2. Inactive
      1. Sometime around 2005, I created a website for Dr. Sophie Botros (http://www.sophiebotros.com/), one of my supervisors at Birkbeck, but we then lost touch and it got maintained (very badly) by some desktop support outfit. In 15Q2 I took it back on again and spruced it up a bit, and maintain it periodically until 19Q3, when it was taken on by a professional outfit, Bookswarm (https://bookswarm.co.uk/). The “Sophie Botros” link in this bullet is now to their version of the site.
      2. I created and / or ran a multitude of other bridge websites, but as of January 2018 I have either handed them over or mothballed them9:-
        1. In 15Q1, I took over the support and development of the Essex Contract Bridge Association (https://www.bridgewebs.com/essex/) (ECBA) website, which also uses Bridgewebs, but is very much larger. I wrote a lot of code10 to make this job less tedious. The site was handed over in 17Q4.
        2. For several years, I collected data11 on bridge activity in the Billericay/Brentwood area (initially 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.
        3. I used this data to generate websites with a multitude of ladders for small clubs (Essex Bridge Results (http://www.theotodman.com/Bridge/index.htm)). These are now mothballed.
        4. I created and maintained a new website for the First Class Bridge (https://www.bridgewebs.com/firstclassbridge/) Academy, giving it “small clubs” ladders (Bernie's Ladders Archive (https://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwom/bw.cgi?club=firstclassbridge&pid=display_page10)) as these were easy to maintain with little intervention.
        5. In 16Q3 I created the Mountnessing Bridge Club Archive (http://mountnessing.theotodman.com/index.shtml) website, using the vast bulk of the pages from their legacy site, as the club had moved to Bridgewebs and lost its historical data.
      3. I 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: Acts: Live Site (http://www.acts-research.website/) and Acts: Test Site (http://www.theotodman.com/Petes_PhD/index.htm).

Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
  1. I spent 138.25 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (332.5 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 134.6% of the planned effort (116.6% YTD). Overall, 19% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 15.9% YTD) - as against 14.8% planned (12.6% YTD).
  2. In 20Q2 I made quite a lot of progress documenting and improving the Cross-Referencing algorithms and – as it turned out a related matter – improving the run times of the full Website regeneration routines. Consequently, I overspent my time budget by over a third. Time well spent, though.
  3. Completed items included:-
    1. Own Website:
      • Architecture
        1. Enhanced the Functor processing to allow parameters. Previously, I had to create a new Functor ID each time for a very similar requirement. The main problem with this old method was that these Functors (where they call another Functor, or subroutine from a row in Functor) didn't feed through into the Documenter subroutines properly.
        2. Truncated Cross_Reference_Changes table (from over 1M rows to under 50k) which should be self-maintaining, but isn't. This seems to have improved the regeneration times of Notes, Archived Notes and some other objects now that insertions into this table are quicker. Needs a permanent solution as part of my Cross-Referencing project.
      • Authors
        1. Enabled "alternate names" for identically-named authors (to avoid middle-initial = X):-
          1. Set up and populated Author_Name_Display
          2. Ensured Author_Name_Display appears on the Author page.
        2. Determined why the monthly regeneration process for Authors has ballooned from under 4 hours in January 2020 to over 17 hours in April 2020. Fix on 11/04/20 - time more than halved to 8.25 hours - by re-engineering the 'menu' process that counts the items linked to further down the page.
        3. Further reduced the monthly regeneration process time for Authors from 8.25 hours to 13 minutes! Fixed by materialising and indexing a 'view' to table Authors_Cited_By_All_List.
      • Books
        1. Determined why the monthly regeneration process for Book Summaries had ballooned from 1.1 hours in January 2020 to 3.5 hours in April 2020. Partly fixed by by materialising and indexing the view (now table) Book_Citings_List_New, so now takes 39 minutes. Further improvement required, given that Paper Summaries only takes 5 minutes.
      • Books/Papers
        1. Determined why the monthly regeneration process for Book-Paper Abstracts had doubled from 2.4 hours in January 2020 to 4.8 hours in April 2020. Successfully reduced to just upder one hour by materialising and indexing BookPaperAbstracts_List.
      • Documenter
        1. Created various generic Functors to help Document Cross-Referencing by producing cross-tabs and lists from queries. Then the associated stats can be regenerated each time the documentation is regenerated (as TEMP): Functor_21, Functor_22, Functor_23, Number_Format.
      • Notes
        1. As revealed by Spider: Sundry uncategorised. Refs failing. 30 items. Fixed manually.
      • Papers
        1. Determined why the monthly regeneration process for Paper Abstracts had ballooned from just over 6 hours in January 2020 to over 17 hours in April 2020. Reduced to just under 4 hours as a result of materialising and indexing the view (now table) Paper_Citings_List_New. Further improvements required.
        2. Determined why the monthly regeneration process for Paper Summaries had ballooned from just over 3.5 hours in January 2020 to around 11.5 hours in April 2020. Fixed by materialising and indexing the view (now table) Paper_Citings_List_New, so now takes 6 minutes!
      • Process
        1. Full Website Regeneration took 60 hours in April 2020. This has now been substantially fixed, as of end June 2020, in that regeneration now takes just under 11 hours. While further improvements are possible, the best use of time is to avoid the need for regular regeneration altogether by completing my Cross-referencing project.
        2. Corrective work was split out into the items requiring improvement, must of which have now been implemented.
        3. History and analysis:-
          1. This 'balooning' was on my new laptop which has solid state disks - it was taking 36 hours on my old laptop, then halved when I got the replacement, but then nearly doubled!
          2. I investigated why this was so, and improved performance mainly by putting in a trace (using a timer - GetTickCount - found on the web that allows logging of elapsed time in milliseconds, using StartTimer and EndTimer) and finding the 'pinch points'
          3. I suspected that it was a new release of MS Access that's caused a problem; maybe a lost index or something similar. I couldn't find any evidence of this, but a mumber of queries were taking a second or so to execute, which small times multiplied up drastically when the number of pages on my site - over 100k - are taken into account. Quite why a cliff-edge had been reached, I know not!
          4. Three areas had been particularly impacted: Authors, Paper Abstracts & Paper Summaries, which have all trippled or worse. These are covered as seperate developments under 'Authors' and 'Papers'.
          5. Book Summaries and Book-Paper Abstracts had also at least doubled, but this has had less of an impact as they took much less time in the first place.
          6. Other regeneration processes - in particular 'Notes' - didn't appear to have been impacted.
        4. Wrote Check_Database_Size to check that the size of the database isn't at risk of breaching the 2GB limit. Required because of the need to re-materialise various views that have been instituted to speed up the full website regeneration routines, and which need to be run each time cmdRecalculate_Click is run, which is often.
      • WebRefs
        1. As revealed by Spider: WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm (etc). Refs failing. 184 items. res://ieframe.dll/ in Returned_URL.
        2. WebLinks_Tester_Full & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map: Reformated Jump Table to 30 columns and multiple rows.
        3. WebLinks_Tester: If the URLs of WebRefs are changed between Spider runs, the URL mapping fails, and the WebRefs appear at the end of the last page, wrongly categorised. Fixed to ensure they appear on their own page, added to the jump table as 'WebRef Missing' and added an explanation.
        4. Webrefs_Update: Improved the processing of this sub which controls IE to check the URLs corresponding to WeRefs are still valid.
          1. Improved the recovery processing after IE fails or becomes detached. Now seems to work perfectly!
          2. Improved processing for 404 (page not found) errors - detect them where URL returned differs from that requested (so the error is correctly categorised) and also where it is the same (so the error is detected) - by using the GetElementsByTagName method to look through Title and H1 elemnts (where they exist).
          3. Note that there is still an issue for pdfs where the above methods don't work; though the page returned is an HTML or XML page, the changed URL still claims to be a pdf, so I can't check in case it's a real pdf and the process fails.
        5. Amended WebRef 'Name' links to #Off-Page_Link_WxxxW style so referencing from other pages is possible (useful for Aeon)
    2. Other Websites:
      • Nothing to Report.
  4. Full details for 20Q2 are given below14:-
Website (Total Hours = 126.5)
  1. Website - Development (Total Hours = 93.25)
    • Improvements to CreatePaperCitingsWebPages (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Amend WebRef 'Name' link to #Off-Page_Link_WxxxW style (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output - Add total 'unread' count + 'read' narrative (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Compact / Repair re-open '2Gb' problem - set MaxLocksPerFile to 1,000,000 (from 9,500) (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Functor_16 to remove hyperlinks from Title (1.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Quarterly Reporting for YTD % Planned (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Subtotalling of Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing (17 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_21 (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_22 (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_23 (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Number_Format (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Document Functors (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Enhance Functor processing to allow parameters (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix various bugs in the Spider_WebLinks_Tester set of subroutines (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (7.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Authors (11.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Book Summaries (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Book-Paper Abstracts (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Check on database size (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Cross-Referencing (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - General planning (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Notes Archive (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Paper Abstracts (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Paper Summaries (3.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs_Update checker for 404 check not working (4.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs_Update checker for restarts not working (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate 2Gb query message on Compact & Repair (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Modify Functor_17 to segragate Audio Files to Music Page (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Site Map (8.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Spider - Monitor performance & Main database size (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page with Family history photos for Vicky (1 hour)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (93.25 hours)
  2. Website - Education (Total Hours = 1.5)
  3. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 12.75)
    • Email - Mailbox compromised: changed passwords (1 hour)
    • Email - Mailbox not compacting (0.75 hours)
    • Google - Passwords Compromised? (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (4.5 hours)
    • Naomi's BT connection in new flat (1 hour)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (1.25 hours)
    • Re-installing PdfElement (0.25 hours)
    • Set up Bluejeans Conferencing system for Quiz (1.75 hours)
    • Sky Q Fixes (1.5 hours)
    • Ubisoft Password Compromised? (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (12.75 hours)
  4. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 19)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
    • Updated my Home page (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks & Fixes (6.75 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (8.25 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (2.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (19 hours)
Website Others (Total Hours = 11.75)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  2. Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
  3. Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance

Plans for the Near Future

The Plan below is taken automatically from the Priority 1 items on my Development Log, as published in my Outstanding Developments Report. I’ve again increased the weekly allocation marginally to 10 hours. This is to allow further work on my Cross-Referencing project.
  1. Own Website: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Architecture
      1. Compact and Repair Problems
        1. On compacting and repairing my main database I sometimes get the error "The query cannot be completed. Either the size of the query result is larger than the maximum size of a database (2 GB), or there is not enough temporary storage space on the disk to store the query result".
        2. It happens 3 times while the database is re-opening.
        3. There is lots of space, and the database is only 600Mb (and the error started when it was under 500Mb).
        4. This mostly happens after I've run long processes, so I usually close the database, re-open it and then try the compact and repair. Usually this works, but not always. But I then try again and the message disappears.
        5. I strongly suspect that this is MS Access itself re-indexing tables, and blowing up a temporary database, but I can’t find any evidence for this on-line. Or help, other than suggestions to split databases and do other sensible things. Given that the error occurs when the database is re-opening, with no temporary file visible, is very strange.
        6. 17/04/20 - set MaxLocksPerFile to 1,000,000 (from the default 9,500). Sadly, it doesn't seem to have made a difference.
      2. Complete XRef-re-engineering project:-
        1. Ensure all links and link-pages use the new XRef table, and pension off the old tables.
        2. Look into writing out specific object-identifiers, and linking thereto for Citations, rather than paragraph references. An issue is multiple instances of the same object in a document.
        3. Check all link-types still work and fix any errors.
        4. Complete the auto-triggering of regeneration of “associated” link pages.
        5. Fix update bug in Convert_Webrefs.
        6. Fix Bug whereby PaperSummary pages seem to have “Works-” and “Books/Papers-” Citings that refer to the same link-pages.
        7. Document the process!
      3. Review effectiveness of hyperlinking method in the light of PhD and Philosophy of Religion experience.
      4. Where possible, use ID rather than NAME for in-page hyperlinks
    • Backups
      1. Investigate Record-count discrepancies:-
        1. How do website files work as far as counts are concerned?
        2. Why aren't they recorded in Backup_History, nor the fact that the website was backed up?
        3. Different counts depending on whether new or old laptop is backed up. Investigate 63k discrepancy - lower on new laptop.
      2. Review architecture to improve performance; Need to document first
    • Books
      1. Further improve the time to regenerate Book Summaries. Now takes about 39 minutes, but should be under 5 minutes!
    • Books/Papers
      1. Investigate whether multiple Subject/Topic/Subtopic usage leads anywhere (ie. are just the first (of 3) actually used). Fix anything amiss.
      2. Reformat the PaperCitings pages:-
        1. Include only useful information on the detail pages; but if there are multiple links from the same object, include them on the same line as 'extra links' as in Authors' Citations (copy the code).
        2. Include counts on the summary page.
        3. Document!
        Do the same for BookCitings
    • Bridge
      1. Develop auto-reconciliation routines vs EBU results download
    • Documenter
      1. Investigate the error reports from the Documenter, especially unused variables & queries.
      2. Provide Functional Documentation for Website Generator (using Notes)
    • Education
      1. "Sitepoint (Learnable) - Sitepoint Learnable Web Development Courses": Membership cancelled, but plan what to do with the eBooks in my possession.
      2. Read "PC Pro - Computing in the Real World".
      3. Read "White (Ron) & Downs (Timothy Edward) - How Computers Work: The Evolution of Technology".
    • Infrastructure
      1. iCloud for Windows: Re-install & solve 'The upload folder for iCloud Photos is missing' problem. Try on new Laptop.
    • Notes
      1. Add "Note Alternates" to Note pages.
      2. Add option in Auto-Reference Notes to automatically ignore words containing certain strings that include the key-word (eg. ignore 'grace' and 'trace' when indexing 'race')
      3. Add option in Auto-Reference Notes to only confirm new items (leaving previously-flagged items untouched)
      4. Allow the option to concatenate Notes in the Printed version (ie. linearly embed them essay-style), rather than treating the hyperlinks as footnotes – but still keep the hyperlink & cross-referencing in place.
        1. For use as "disclaimers" - eg. for "Plug Notes".
        2. For Thesis / essays: the difficulty here is the need for linking passages to make the text run smoothly.
      5. As part of the Cross-Referencing project, check out the consistent treatment of Note 875, which should be universally ignored. Recently, links to it appeared on Book-Summaries, Book_Paper_Abstracts and Note_Book_Links, as a Note referencing a Book. The critical item was a row on the Note_Book_Links table.
      6. Determine why very long printable notes (eg. Level 3+ for Note 170) are being truncated. Probably suppress them in any case, as they take far too long to load.
      7. Fix bugs in multi-level footnoting in Printable Notes – the referencing is going wrong.
      8. Investigate Note_Links: Section references seem to be incorrect
      9. Printable Notes: fix the bug whereby the “private” flag is round the wrong way.
      10. Split Aeon Page into multiple sub-pages (either by topic or by priority)
      11. Suppress the publication of the Printable versions of Temp Notes
    • Papers
      1. The monthly regeneration process for Paper Abstracts still takes just over 5 hours. Problem is with Cross_Reference_Deletions and Cross_Reference_Additions. Cannot be fixed until the cross-referencing project is fully complete and documented.
    • Photos
      1. Develop software & procedure to make adding more content to the photos pages easier to undertake.
      2. Timeline software: Add photos for Holidays & Family History
    • Process
      1. Determine why Recalculation & Changed Book/Papers produce unneeded regeneration.
    • Spider
      1. Analyse the results of the data collection exercise and design a plan of campaign to fix broken Internal links and prevent recurrence.
        1. Correct the code so the problems discovered by the Spider don’t recur.
        2. Delete 'orphan pages' that are never linked to, ie. Use the Spider to prune redundant pages19 automatically where possible.
        3. Fix the historical data where errors are uncovered by the Spider. An easier task now the site has a full-regen function.
      2. The size of the main database bloats to over 1.6Gb during the spider run, so is approaching the 2Gb limit.
        1. Use Check_Database_Size, with a parameter, to monitor the size – output a message along the those reporting the compact / repair of the Slave database).
        2. Put a checks in to STOP if over 1.8Gb.
        3. Determine a solution as the limit is pushed. Some tables are “local” for performance reasons and are later copied to the Slave … maybe move them?
      3. The Spider was generating WebRefs. Procedurally, this ought not to have been possible.
        1. The major problem turned out to be because unprocessed20 URLs got added to the end of the last WebLinks_Tester_Brief page, which then got Spidered. I've stopped this happening, so hopefully the problem will not recur. The fix was made in 18Q2.
        2. However, 4 other creations appeared - dated 18/05/18 - from the run of 10/07/18. The creation date was from the previous spider run, but the IDs show that they were produced in the latest run.
        I've re-opened the case!
    • Status
      1. Quarterly Project Reports: Correct Functor_08. The Project Planned YTD % keeps having to be bodged!
    • Technology
      1. Look into Sistrix Smart21. Errors and warnings itemised are:-
        1. Duplicate content: seems to be variants on theotodman.com
        2. Title Tags: Empty, too long, identical
        3. Page Not Found
        4. Filesize in excess of 1Mb
        5. Meta-Description: Empty
        6. Few words on Page
        7. H1: Not used, used multiple times per page, identical across pages
        8. Pictures: Alt attribute missing
    • WebRefs
      1. Documentation & Bug-fixes: Phase 2
        1. Re-document the procedures in the light of recent changes.
        2. Resolve issues generated / revealed by the spider.
        3. Investigate - and fix where possible - broken links.
      2. Improve WebRefs checker (Webrefs_Update) further to check for Error 403 "Forbidden". This will often involve finding way of checking pdfs where the returned page is in fact HTML or XML (see DevLog Ref 379).
      3. Investigate defunct items. Populate Defunct_Explanation in WebRefs_Table and include in relevant WebLinks_Tester reports. Consider use of FairUse (Link - Fair Use) for documents no longer available that I'd downloaded.
      4. Reformat WebLinks_Tester.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Map.htm, WebLinks_Tester_Full.htm & WebLinks_Tester_Full_Map.htm
        1. Clarify 'truncated': Display, not link
        2. Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
        3. The 'As Above" lines waste space. Only for Notes Archive? Consolidate onto single second line.
      5. Reformat WebLinks_Tester_Brief: Allow more space for 'link returned', 'issue' and 'display text'
  2. Other Websites: Priority 1 Items By Category:-
    • Bridge
      1. Regular updates to the Hutton Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/hutton.html) Website.
      2. Regular updates to the Mountnessing Bridge Club (https://www.bridgewebs.com/mountnessingbc/) Website.
    • Enigma
      1. Termly updates to the Enigma Ensemble (http://www.enigmaensemble.co.uk/) Website.

Summary of Progress to Date

This is hived off to various separate documents, which have now been harmonising and / or consolidated:-
  1. Summary of Progress to Date.
  2. Outstanding Developments,
  3. Functional Documentation,
  4. A summary of time expended across the years developing my website25 is at "Software Development - Website - Development".





In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 4:
  • Well, in a sense, I’ve missed the boat as I’m now putting effort into my research, though in an informal basis, 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 couldn’t waste time on these after I’d abandoned bridge.
Footnote 10:
  • In particular, for the ECBA “Victor Ludorum” competition.
  • I cannot hand any of this code over, so the tedium will return, though not to me!
Footnote 11:
  • I had agreed to share this data sometime early in 2018
  • But will wait until asked again, as I doubt it’ll be of any real use to anyone.
Footnote 14:
  • Note that where fixes or small enhancements are made to a previously “completed” development, I don’t announce it again against the list of “completed” items above, though the work appears in the full list for the quarter.
Footnote 19:
  • Note that Backup_Prune_Ctrl deletes (relevant) pages that weren't regenerated in the last full site-regen, but this isn't the same thing.
Footnote 20:
  • These are URLs that were used in web pages but hadn't yet been converted to the +WnnnW+ format, so appeared at the end with no WebRef ID.
Footnote 21:
  • See Sistrix (https://www.sistrix.com/smart/)
  • This used to be called Optimizr, see Optimizr (http://www.optimizr.com/) (which now auto-forwards to Sistrix).
  • 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 monthly from Optimizr from January 2015 to October 2017, listing a large number of “problems” that I think I know about, but which are in the queue to address.
  • It restarted in February 2018, under the Sistrix name (this seems to have been associated with Optimizr since November 2015).
  • The free version of this software is restricted to 1,000 pages, which is a very small proportion of my Site, though I may be able to point it to difference base-URLs.
  • But I do need to address the problems validly itemised, and a sub-set is still useful.
Footnote 25:
  • As distinct from developing other peoples’ websites – time which is also recorded against this project, but not against this task.

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 5: (Status: Philosophy of Religion (2020 - June))

The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2019 as this project is substantially in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.


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, or other post-mortem survival, 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 London (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".
  • In August 2017 I was asked by Michael J. Alter to review pre-publication his book on the theology of the Resurrection. Unfortunately it turned out to be too much work, and I only commented on the first section.

Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
  1. I spent 38 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (59 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 296% of the planned effort (151.6% YTD). Overall, 5.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 2.8% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.7% YTD).
  2. I spent a lot more time than planned on this project last quarter, as noted above, and for the reasons apparent from the list of tasks below. I may comment on all this in my year-end report.
  3. Religion (Total Hours = 30.25)Religion Background (Total Hours = 7.75)
    1. Religion Background - Admin
    2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 7.5)
      • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (0.25 hours)
        → See "Interaction - Discussion with Mike" (0.25 hours)
      • "Interaction - Discussions with Pete" (0.25 hours)
      • Interaction - Pete's Easter Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.75 hours)
      • Interaction - Pete's Pentecost Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.25 hours)
  4. YTD Activity10
    Religion (Total Hours = 46.25)Religion Background (Total Hours = 12.75)
    1. Religion Background - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
      • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 19Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
        → See "Admin - Religion - Admin" (1.25 hours)
    2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 11.5)
      • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (1.75 hours)
        → See "Interaction - Discussion with Mike" (1.75 hours)
      • "Interaction - Discussions with Pete" (2.75 hours)
      • Interaction - Pete's Easter Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.75 hours)
      • Interaction - Pete's Pentecost Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.25 hours)
  5. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future
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:
  • Or if not strictly impossible – rather unlikely, as the candidates for enabling some sort of physical continuity – from luz bones to “corpse swapping” – have multiple problems.
  • However, there are some interesting ideas by Dean Zimmerman, most recently in "Zimmerman (Dean) - Bodily Resurrection: The Falling Elevator Model Revisited", that argue the contrary.
  • Also, transhumanists – who are almost following a religion – are often hopeful of post-mortem survival. I have no metaphysical worries about “cryonic suspension”, and subsequent resuscitation, but think that uploading is incoherent.
Footnote 7:
  • This pious hope has been sitting unactioned for over 9 years now!
  • The proximate cause of my failure was missing a deadline for my essay on the Ontological Argument, but a more serious reason was that it was all a waste of time (for me, given my research interests). Peter Vardy had warned me about anno domini, with the claim that original work after the age of 65 is unlikely. I hope this is false, as I’ve ignored the warning, and am about to reach that milestone.
Footnote 10:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
  • The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
  • Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.
Footnote 14:
  • While I couldn't submit to Michael Alter's deadlines and the amount of work required, I ought to at least read these books.

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 10: (Status: Languages (2020 - June))

The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t changed much since end September 2019 as this project is substantially in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.


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.
  • Other reasons for bothering with languages are that Classical Greek, Hebrew and maybe Syriac, Arabic and Latin should be of use in my theological studies, and Brazilian Portuguese, Turkish and Thai are important with family-members as native speakers.
  • This project has varied in priority over recent years, but is now mostly 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.
  • However, now Nat has arranged to work remotely in Thailand, and has married Fon – his Thai girlfriend – learning Thai has some relevance.
  • Also, a fellow mathematician in my year from King’s has developed the Unicode standards for Egyptian hieroglyphs, so I intend another foray in that direction someday, though not now.

Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
  1. I spent 72 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (86.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 280.4% of the planned effort (166.7% YTD). Overall, 9.9% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 4.1% YTD) - as against 3.7% planned (2.3% YTD).
  2. Languages (Total Hours = 72)
    1. Languages - Admin
    2. Languages - Chinese
    3. Languages - Japanese
    4. Languages - Thai (Total Hours = 71.25)
  3. YTD Activity2
    Languages (Total Hours = 86.25)
    1. Languages - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
      • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 19Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
        → See "Admin - Languages - Admin" (1.25 hours)
    2. Languages - All (Total Hours = 2.75)
    3. Languages - Chinese
    4. Languages - Egyptian
    5. Languages - Greek (Classical)
    6. Languages - Italian
    7. Languages - Japanese
    8. Languages - Thai (Total Hours = 79.75)
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future Materials for Use

These can be followed up here. The document needs a review, but not a major update.




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t usually update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
  • The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
  • Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 11: (Status: Mathematics (2020 - June))

The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t been changed since end September 2019 as this project is substantially in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.


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.

Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
  1. I spent 16.25 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (26.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 126.6% of the planned effort (68.8% YTD). Overall, 2.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 1.3% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (1.7% YTD).
  2. Mathematics (Total Hours = 16.25)
    1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 16)
    2. Mathematics - Admin
  3. YTD Activity5
    Mathematics (Total Hours = 26.75)
    1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 24.5)
    2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.75)
      • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
      • 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
      • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
        → See "Admin - Mathematics - Admin" (1.75 hours)
    3. Mathematics - Lectures
  4. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List, and YTD in the current & future “automatic” editions of this report.

Plans for the Near Future:
Mathematical Resources




In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 5:
  • As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
  • If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
  • The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
  • Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.
Footnote 12:
  • 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.

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 19: (Status: Summary - Actual versus Plan (2020 - June))

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 (April - June 2020) Plan, and for the YTD (2019/20) 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
Bridge9174222131444
Chess24 62245
Consciousness12121825
HiQ12 2  3
Languages2410247286
Mathematics122211627
Music71311121379269
Religion125233859
Thesis2241473838342796
Website815191316138332
        
TOTALS541001001001007272087
        
Comparisons91 days274 days104% 92%7022258

Notes
  • All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.
  • The bottom row - "Comparisons" - 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 (April - June 2020) Plan, and for the YTD (2019/20) 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
Bridge117496314442790
Chess26131245734
Consciousness13398256064
HiQ1339 346
Languages26527286277165
Mathematics1339162712568
Music91274792698798
Religion13393859292151
Thesis28686134279612092
Website104287138332133116
       
TOTALS70222587272087104%92%

Notes
  • 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)
Bridge36183953448491
Chess125131435841
Consciousness12213523873
HiQ12213521630
Languages611479130165127
Mathematics12213524077
Music713129236536199
Religion242266585131
Thesis2241392891147108595
Website101914131417464111
        
TOTALS541001007102959279695


All figures above are rounded to the nearest unit.



Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2020)


Below is a table showing the split amongst my various projects of time expended or planned over a 13-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 (Actuals)2018/19 (Actuals)2019/20 (Actual + Plan)Total%age
Bridge776632757796106293494138066287061382484873728
Chess 29161466114961159275585411.73
Consciousness 41763015219161442176383521.13
HiQ   1714811156416730.23
Languages234331232268952564292912461316515444.95
Mathematics232884551862841815402920.94
Music63132144618323716817927841236117585.63
Religion9119841284920330524811610860148358528599.16
Thesis60845334947718040273589656182811429211085863727.68
Website671981812043486514949471117664643430464640820.54
                
TOTALS186220422250271819282394254225072574267524202494279631201100

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 24: (Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 19Q4 - 20Q2))

This is a list of the tasks performed on my various projects since the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year. It is automatically generated from my time-recording system, so is fairly crude. See also the Quarterly Report. This Annual Report is mostly for use for the "inactive" projects for which commented Quarterly Status reports are not produced. Projects are in priority sequence, broken down by sub-project where appropriate. If the project name has a superscript, clicking on the name will take you to the last published report for this project. To jump to the Project task-lists, click on the links in the list below:-

  1. Thesis (For the latest Status Dashboard, Click Here)
  2. Thesis Background
  3. Thesis (Aeon)
  4. Religion
  5. Religion Background
  6. Website
  7. Website Others
  8. Music
  9. Bridge
  10. Chess
  11. Consciousness
  12. Languages
  13. Mathematics
  14. HiQ
Links to the latest time-analyses are given first.
  1. Click Here for Actual Detail Summary (2007 - 2020) by Sub-Project
  2. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Summary of Effort YTD & QTD
    • Time Analysis (YTD by Study-location)
  3. Click Here for (by Project)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Split (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Actual (Previous Quarter & YTD)
    • Plan Summary (Next Quarter & Full Year)
    • Actual & Plan Summary (2007 - 2020)
Project 1: Thesis (Total Hours = 398.75)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 368.5)
  2. Thesis - Discussions (Total Hour = 1)
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 28.75)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
  5. Thesis - Seminars (Writing)
Project 2: Thesis Background (Total Hours = 208.25)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 190)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin (Total Hours = 8.25)
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 10)
Project 3: Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 189) Project 4: Religion (Total Hours = 46.25) Project 5: Religion Background (Total Hours = 12.75)
  1. Religion Background - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Religion - Admin" (1.25 hours)
  2. Religion Background - Discussions (Total Hours = 11.5)
    • Interaction - Discussions with Mike & Sylvia (1.75 hours)
      → See "Interaction - Discussion with Mike" (1.75 hours)
    • "Interaction - Discussions with Pete" (2.75 hours)
    • Interaction - Pete's Easter Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.75 hours)
    • Interaction - Pete's Pentecost Quiz (with Cliffe, Sandra, Mike, Sylvia, Willie & Gill) (3.25 hours)
Project 6: Website (Total Hours = 297.25)
  1. Website - Bridge Development (Total Hours = 9.5)
    • Bridge - Website - Auto-reconciliation vs EBU (5 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Fix 'Code Changes" reports (1.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Query from Tony Heyes re Bridgewebs leads scraping (1.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Synchronise Documentator with main website generator (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Website - Development - Update Documentation (1 hour)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (9.5 hours)
  2. Website - Bridge Maintenance
  3. Website - Development (Total Hours = 196)
    • Improvements to CreatePaperCitingsWebPages (0.75 hours)
    • Review Webalizer Methodology & Consolidate Stats (0.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (1.25 hours)
    • Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings: Add / annotate photos of Coxes Farm to Timeline (0.25 hours)
      → See "Todman (Theo) - Tottering Towers & Listing Buildings" (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Backup - Copying errors (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Backup - Count discrepancies (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Development - Remove ZoomSearch from Search Page and Code (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Aeon Abstract link to Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Add Audio Files to Notes (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Amend WebRef 'Name' link to #Off-Page_Link_WxxxW style (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Append long Comments to Abstract (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Author Citation list improvements (5.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output (29.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output - Add total 'unread' count + 'read' narrative (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Automate Aeon Page output - Documentation (3 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Compact / Repair re-open '2Gb' problem - set MaxLocksPerFile to 1,000,000 (from 9,500) (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Functor_16 to remove hyperlinks from Title (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Quarterly Reporting for YTD % Planned (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct sequence of Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Correct Subtotalling of Aeon Webref items in Summary task List reports (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Create Functor to facilitate addition of Audio Files to Music Page (4.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Develop oboe-practice report (4.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Development Planning (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing (17 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_21 (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_22 (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Functor_23 (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Document Cross-Referencing: Create Number_Format (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Document Functors (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Enhance Functor processing to allow parameters (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix bug in Plan versus Actual Effort Summary - Effort (Current Quarter & YTD) - YTD Actual % v Plan (1 hour)
    • Website - Generator - Fix Functors to enable previous quarter's Status Reports after Time period roll-over (5.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fix various bugs in the Spider_WebLinks_Tester set of subroutines (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Fixes re Broken Links revealed by Spider (20.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Authors (11.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Book Summaries (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Book-Paper Abstracts (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Check on database size (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Cross-Referencing (2.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - General planning (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Notes Archive (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Paper Abstracts (2.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Full Website Regen - Performance Improvements - Paper Summaries (3.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs_Update checker for 404 check not working (4.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs_Update checker for restarts not working (1.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate & Fix WebRefs checker for Aeon, etc - 404 check not working (6.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate 2Gb query message on Compact & Repair (1.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_01) in Quarterly Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Investigate anomalies in YTD Task List (Functor_08) in Quarterly Reports (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Modify Functor_17 to segragate Audio Files to Music Page (2 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Notes Concatenation (3.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Site Map (8.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Spider - Monitor performance & Main database size (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Summary Task List items error (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs checker - Improve efficiency (0.75 hours)
    • Website - Homepage - Review & Re-balance (0.5 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration - Error copying Private Note (2.75 hours)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page to link to Coxes Farm Photo Pages (5.75 hours)
    • Website - Update 'Photos' Page with Family history photos for Vicky (1 hour)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh - Failed, so dismantle (0.25 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh - Improve processing (0.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (194.5 hours)
  4. Website - Education (Total Hours = 5.25)
  5. Website - Infrastructure (Total Hours = 28.5)
    • Chrome bookmark de-duplication (0.75 hours)
    • EE Broadband - Renew & Install new Router (0.25 hours)
    • Email - Mailbox compromised: changed passwords (1 hour)
    • Email - Mailbox not compacting (0.75 hours)
    • FileZilla FTP Failing with 530 Critical Error (excessive connection rate) (1.5 hours)
    • Google - Passwords Compromised? (0.25 hours)
    • iCloud for Windows Installation (0.75 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Kaspersky complaints (0.25 hours)
    • Microsoft Windows 10 / MS Office - Releases, Bugs & Periodic Re-boots (6.5 hours)
    • Naomi's BT connection in new flat (1 hour)
    • Old routers, etc, clear-out (0.75 hours)
    • PC Backups / OneDrive (3.5 hours)
    • Printer - New Drum & Toner (0.5 hours)
    • Printer - Re-order Toner & Drum (0.25 hours)
    • Re-installing PdfElement (0.5 hours)
    • Renew Kaspersky on own & Julie's laptops (0.25 hours)
    • Set up Bluejeans Conferencing system for Quiz (1.75 hours)
    • Sky Q Fixes (1.5 hours)
    • Sky Q Order & Installation + new TV (4.25 hours)
    • Ubisoft Password Compromised? (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (26.75 hours)
    • XMas Newsletter - photos & formatting (1.75 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (1.75 hours)
  6. Website - Maintenance (Total Hours = 44.25)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (3 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
    • Updated my Home page (2 hours)
    • Updated my 'Websites maintained' page (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Generator - Chess Results & Games Pages - Create & Maintain (2.5 hours)
      → See "Software Development - Website - Development" (10 hours)
    • Website - Generator - WebRefs - Manual / Automatic URL Checks & Fixes (10.5 hours)
    • Website - Maintain 'Websites supported' Page (0.25 hours)
    • Website - Periodic Full Regeneration (16.5 hours)
    • Website - Run Web Spider (5.25 hours)
    • Website - ZoomSearch database refresh (1.75 hours)
      → See "Admin - Website - Admin & Maintenance" (34.25 hours)
Project 7: Website Others (Total Hours = 35.25)
  1. Website Others - Enigma Ensemble
  2. Website Others - Hutton DBC Maintenance
  3. Website Others - Mountnessing DBC Maintenance (Total Hours = 24.5)
Project 8: Music (Total Hours = 269.25)
  1. Music - Administration (Total Hours = 36.25)
  2. Music - Aural (Total Hours = 1.75)
  3. Music - Oboe (Total Hours = 229.25)
  4. Music - Theory
Project 9: Bridge (Total Hours = 444.5)
  1. Bridge - Reading / Writing
  2. Bridge - Admin (Total Hours = 58.75)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports & personal Bridge webpage updares (6.75 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1.5 hours)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (4 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (12.25 hours)
    • "Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Admin & Maintenance" (6 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing Bridge Kit - Reading User Guide (0.75 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC - Committee Discussions (8 hours)
    • Admin - Mountnessing DBC WhatsApp Group (4.25 hours)
    • Bridge - 20H1 planning (6.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Colin Benji - Convention Card Update (2 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to Dave Turner (0.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Emails to David, Etc. (8 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton AGM (0.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT - Convention Card Update (1.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Strong Diamond - Convention Card Update (3.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Stuff for parties (0.5 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (36 hours)
    • Bridge - Systems Review (Linda - Rev-Benji, 5CM, SNT) (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Study" (0.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Travel & Travel planning (1.25 hours)
    • Discussions with Tony & Alaric (1.75 hours)
    • Emails to Richard re bridge in schools (1.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Admin" (4.25 hours)
  3. Bridge - Play (Total Hours = 204)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Colin Scott) (22.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Hutton (Linda Fleet) (15.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Colin Scott) (30.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (David Tennet) (16.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Mayflower (Linda Fleet) (19.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Mountnessing (David Tennet) (66.25 hours)
    • Bridge - National Pairs Heat (David Tennet) (7 hours)
    • Bridge - NICKO R1 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - NICKO R2 (David Tennet) (3.5 hours)
    • Bridge - Warboys A (David Tennet) (6.75 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Cornell Trophy (David Tennet) (6.25 hours)
    • Bridge - Woodham Ferrers Swiss Teams (David Tennet) (6 hours)
      → See "Admin - Bridge - Playing" (204 hours)
  4. Bridge - Study (Total Hours = 170.75)
Project 10: Chess (Total Hours = 45)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 23.5)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (12 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (5.25 hours)
    • Chess - Discussions with Chris (2.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Admin" (22.5 hours)
    • "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess" (1 hour)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 12.75)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (3.25 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (9.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Playing" (12.75 hours)
  4. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 7.5)
    • Chess - Chess Dot Com - 10-minute Games (0.5 hours)
    • Chess - Chess Dot Com - Review 10-minute Games (1 hour)
      → See "Chess - Chess dot Com" (1.5 hours)
    • Chess - Training - Review Club games (6 hours)
      → See "Chess - Training" (6 hours)
Project 11: Consciousness (Total Hours = 25) Project 12: Languages (Total Hours = 86.25)
  1. Languages - Admin (Total Hours = 1.25)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Languages - Admin" (1.25 hours)
  2. Languages - All (Total Hours = 2.75)
  3. Languages - Chinese
  4. Languages - Egyptian
  5. Languages - Greek (Classical)
  6. Languages - Italian
  7. Languages - Japanese
  8. Languages - Thai (Total Hours = 79.75)
Project 13: Mathematics (Total Hours = 26.75)
  1. Mathematics - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 24.5)
  2. Mathematics - Admin (Total Hours = 1.75)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
    • 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
    • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
      → See "Admin - Mathematics - Admin" (1.75 hours)
  3. Mathematics - Lectures
Project 14: HiQ (Total Hours = 2.5)
  • 19Q3 Status Reports (0.75 hours)
  • 19Q4 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
  • 20Q1 Status Reports (0.25 hours)
  • Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE - Membership Dues (0.25 hours)
    → See "Admin - HiQ Societies - ISPE" (1.5 hours)
  • "ISPE - Telicom" (1 hour)

Note last updated: 03/07/2020 22:09:07


Footnote 27: (Thesis - Introduction)

  • The Thesis seems to fall naturally into three sections (other than the Introduction and the Conclusion); namely,
    1. Setting up the problem (Chapters 2-5),
    2. Olson and Baker’s views contrasted (Chapters 6-9); and
    3. Testing the preferred solution (Chapters 10-11).
  • General Notes
    • For convenience, brief abstracts (as currently intended) of the Thesis chapters are given below.
    • In order to maintain the structure of the Thesis once it is printed out, I’ve refrained – in this Note – from hyperlinking to any Notes other than the Chapter Notes themselves, which should be followed up for further information.
    • For the Printable versions of the Thesis, see the links below this text.
  • Each Chapter follows a standard format, though there may be additions or omissions in particular cases:-
    • Chapter Abstract: as given below.
    • Research Methodology: How I intend to pursue research on the Chapter in question. There’s a lot of commonality between Chapters in this regard, though most of this narrative is segregated to a further document.
    • Notes Referenced: My background research has been broken down into over 200 other Notes . Those most relevant to the Chapter in hand are listed.
    • Chapter Introduction: This will explain why I’ve undertaken this research, and encourage the reader to continue.
    • Chapter Main Text
    • Concluding Remarks: Including a motivating link to the next Chapter, where relevant.
    • Books and Papers Referenced: Or “to be addressed”.
      1. I’m piloting the idea of providing a “cut”, ie. dividing between
        → Works that have or will be addressed
        → Works that might have been addressed but on which a decision has been made to omit them for the time being.
      2. These works – where not cited directly in the Main Text – are derived from the Notes in the list above. These Notes further segregate Works cited into:-
        → Those read.
        → Those still to be read, or on which reading is incomplete.
  • Chapter Abstracts
    1. Introduction: Provides a motivating statement for the study of the particular path through the topic of Personal Identity I intend to pursue and a brief historical survey of the subject to situate my particular stance.
    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: We must consider the logic of identity, as non-standard logics are favourite means of escaping from some of the puzzle cases. We ask – along with Parfit – whether identity matters. Substances and sortals are central to the persistence of anything, and define their persistence conditions. In particular my claim is that persons are phase sortals of human animals (the substances). The question of Kinds – and in particular Natural Kinds – are related to those of Substance, and are important in considering whether PERSON is a natural kind concept. Metamorphosis might be important if it is claimed that we can change kind.
    5. Persistence and Time: A number of thought experiments that feature in Chapter 10 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.
    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-aware Christians and Muslims (unlike what seems to be the case with most swipes against religion). Maybe I should also cover reincarnation.
    12. Conclusion:
      • 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.

Note last updated: 01/04/2020 00:17:17


Footnote 28: (Thesis - Current Stance)

The purpose of this Note is to provide a periodic refocusing of what my thoughts and beliefs about the topic of Personal Identity currently are. Previous versions can be found from the list below. This version has links to the various other Notes that expand further on the issues raised, and supply extensive reading lists. While very often these Notes are of the “promissory” variety, the links will remind me to improve them as needed.

  1. What are we? This is one of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves. Just what kind of things are we? The question is closely related to a similar one: just what sort of adventures can individuals such as ourselves survive? This second question sheds light on the first for if there are certain contingencies that we think we would – or would not – survive, when a typical member of that kind would not – or would – survive, then that kind may not represent what we really think we are. Of course, we might be wrong in our estimations, but at least this will raise the question.
  2. Why is this not a trivial question? If we look at a dog, say, and ask what it is, the answer to such a question is obvious – it’s a dog! It may be our pet – with a name – a particular individual, but when we ask what kind of thing it is, it’s a member of the species canis lupus. So, when we look at ourselves, the obvious answer is that we are human beings – specifically human animals, members of the species homo sapiens. That is the answer posited by the Animalists, amongst whose number – broadly speaking – I place myself, who accept the biological view of personal identity.
  3. If this is true, then our persistence conditions – the necessary and sufficient conditions for us to continue in existence – are the same as those of other animals – the great apes, say, under which category we fall, biologically speaking. Why is this not the end of the story? Well, this is because – despite being a species of great ape – human beings are special in that we have enhanced cognitive capacities. We are morally accountable. In sum, we are persons, and have a “first person perspective” (FPP) on the world – something most philosophers deny to other animals – and care about our futures and – wantons apart – agonise over our past mistakes. Lynne Rudder Baker claims this perspective makes an ontological difference, rather than being – as I think – a special property of human beings that may or may not be had in particular cases. Baker accuses the animalists of not taking persons seriously. I might just note that there’s a facile and confusing answer to what we are, that is “people”. You may have noticed that I used the technical term “persons” as the plural of “person”. Some philosophers annoyingly use the term “people”, but this confuses the issue. When we say there are ten people in the room, while it is clear in normal circumstances what we mean – dogs don’t count, for instance – but if there happened to be a Klingon and a visiting angel, would they count as people or not? They are – we may suppose – persons, but they are not human persons
  4. Since at least John Locke, this fact of our mental exceptionalism has tempted philosophers to say that it’s our psychological continuity that is more important for our identity-preservation than our physical continuity. This view still has its supporters – not only for those such as Dean Zimmerman and Richard Swinburne who believe in immaterial souls – but for the many who think that psychological continuity and connectedness is constitutive of the identity of persons. It is also implicit in the ideas of the Transhumanists who think that – come the Singularity – we might be capable of being uploaded to computers and thereby live almost forever.
  5. Before proceeding further we have to say something brief and sketchy about identity and persistence. “Identity” – in the sense of “numerical identity” – is a relation a thing holds to itself and to nothing else. A is identical to B if A and B are the very same thing. It is an equivalence relation, being transitive, reflexive and idempotent; and, many of the sticking points in the philosophy of personal identity arise from this fact.
    1. It has nothing to do with “identity” as a sociological concept such as national identity, sexual identity or identification with a particular group.
    2. Also, John may be said “not to be the same person” since he took heroin, but he is still John and still the same individual; it’s just that his personality has changed.
    3. It also has nothing to do with “narrative identity” which is the story we tell about ourselves in an attempt to make sense of our lives.
    4. Finally, it has nothing to do with “exact similarity”: my television may be “identical” to yours, but that doesn’t mean I can have yours if mine breaks. They are – or were, when manufactured – exactly similar, but are distinct.
  6. “Persisting” is what a thing does in continuing in existence. As we noted above, there are what are called “persistence conditions” – specific to a kind of thing – that set out what vicissitudes a thing can survive if it is to remain that very same thing. There are sometimes hard cases, and there can seem sometimes that there is an element of convention: is a particular club still the same clubs after it has lost all its original members, changed its name, and so on? But we can’t accept that our own existence is a matter of convention, though this could seem the case with the once-dominant psychological view of personal identity: just how much psychological connection could I lose with my former self – philosophers wondered – and still be me? However, things seem simpler and more objective for organisms, which persist despite exchanging material with the environment and changing many of their properties, provided they are caught up in a complex and hopefully long drawn-out event (or process) known as a “life”.
  7. In the above I have assumed at least three things.
    1. Firstly, that “things” – or at least some things – exist. There’s a philosophical position known as “Process Metaphysics” (or “Naturalised Metaphysics”) that gives the focus to process rather than ontology, particularly in the case of organisms. I’m not sure how fatal this is to my approach, since I admit that animals are individuated by their lives, which are processes.
    2. Secondly, that we exist. This would seem hardly worth mentioning, other than that certain philosophers – nihilists – have argued that we (whatever we are) or – for similar reasons – various common things like hands – don’t exist.
    3. Finally, I assume that things do indeed persist, at least some of the time.
    I can’t really address these foundational issues here, but will just say a few words on the second issue. There are a lot of interconnected issues to do with the philosophy of time and change, in particular the problem of temporary intrinsics. How can the leaf that was green yesterday be the same leaf if it is brown today? How can the old bald bloke I am today be the same individual as the hirsute teenager all those years ago?
    1. Some philosophers – the exdurantists – say that there’s no relation of identity across time, but merely a weaker counterpart relation analogous to that between an individual and its counterpart in another possible world.
    2. Others – in particular Derek Parfit – have said that even if there is identity across time, it’s not what matters.
    In what follows, I assume that we exist and that we continue to exist self-identically across time and that this identity relation is important. We could not carry on our lives without these assumptions even if – philosophically-speaking – they were false; but I think they are true: I don’t want to distinguish the “strict and philosophical” from the “loose and popular” senses of identity first raised by Joseph Butler. I also assume the standard logic of identity and reject all heretical accounts that are invented from time to time as radical solutions to the difficult questions of persistence. In particular, I reject the view – known as occasional identity that – while (say) I am not identical to my younger self – yet I was that person, just not any more.
  8. Now back to the main thread. Most Anglophone philosophers these days are physicalists (though maybe most non-philosophers are unreflective dualists). This gives physicalist philosophers a problem if they have hopes of post-mortem survival. If the human organism is totally destroyed – eg. by cremation, explosion, or eating of worms – just how does the very same individual get from this life to the next? Christian Materialists have had a go at thinking this through, and acknowledge the difficulties. Peter Van Inwagen attempted to show that it is at least logically possible by having God snatch away the dying body immediately pre-mortem, replacing it with a simulacrum. Dean Zimmerman – while himself a dualist – has suggested a “falling elevator” model to help out his materialist friends, whereby there is immanent causation (by some unknown natural or supernatural process) between the dying body and the resurrection one so that the dying individual escapes in the nick of time to the next world without loss of numerical identity. Others claim that God’s omnipotence is sufficient and is sovereign even over the laws of logic, so that problems raised by identity being an equivalence relation can be overcome by brute force. Maybe so, but without the constraints of logical possibility, we have no way of arguing the matter, so let’s not bother.
  9. However, most Christian materialists prefer an alternative. They recognise that getting from here to the next world with temporal or spatial gaps raises difficult questions as to whether the numerical identity of the individual is preserved but adopt an alternative solution – the Constitution View. On this thesis, the person is distinct from the human animal – “just as” the statue is distinct from its constituting marble – so that the very same person – tagged by the unique “first person perspective” noted above – can be constituted first by its earthly body, and subsequently by its heavenly one.
  10. Some Animalists have what they think of as a knock-down argument against the Constitution View. Eric Olson calls it the “Thinking Animal” argument. If the person and the animal are distinct things, albeit co-located, there are too many thinkers – because the animal can certainly think, as can the person, so we have two thinkers where we thought we had one – which is one problem; and there’s another – how do we know which we are, the person or the animal? I’m not impressed by this argument. There are several “multiple occupancy” conundrums that have been claimed at one time or another to deny the existence of things we are sure do exist. Dion and Theon, Tib and Tibbles, the “problem of the many” and so on. We just need to sort out our rules for counting. Also, the whole question of three- versus four-dimensionalism (4D) – whethe