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Status Reports - Status: Personal Identity (2019 - June)

Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during April - June 2019
  1. I spent 252 hours in 19Q2 on this Project, or related work (727.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 89.1% of the planned effort (83.6% YTD). Overall, 41.8% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 39.9% YTD) - as against 44% planned (64.6% YTD).
  2. My planned effort was 22 hours / week5, reduced slightly from the 25 hours last time on account of a holiday in Mata. This quarter I approached 90% against plan, so not bad. Moreover, much of the effort actually expended against this project was on items relevant to my Thesis!
  3. A full list of items appears below, but the major points are:-
  4. Progress between reports can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List. More detail follows:-
Thesis (Total Hours = 211.75)
  1. Thesis - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 198)
  2. Thesis - Discussions
  3. Thesis - Research Repositioning (Total Hours = 12.5)
  4. Thesis - Seminars (Reading)
Thesis Background (Total Hours = 39)
  1. Thesis Background - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 36)
  2. Thesis Background - Books Admin
  3. Thesis Background - Status (Total Hours = 2.75)
Thesis (Aeon) (Total Hours = 1.25)
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 5:
  • 25 hours / week is approximately what I’d expect to put in to a part-time PhD, based on 5 hours / day, 5 days a week.
Footnote 11:
  • 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 am 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 12:
  • This used to say “complete a thesis …”, which is obviously impossible, given that my idea of a thesis is way in excess of what is required.
Footnote 14:
  • 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 16:
  • This is obviously far too long, and keeps getting items “carried forward” tacked on to it.
  • Maybe I’ll prune it next time.
Footnote 30:
  • Read the Appendices, and extract the Chapter Summaries as learning-points.
Footnote 31:
  • Try to keep up to date, but only read those that are strictly relevant – ignore the rest!
  • At present I have a relatively small reading-backlog, and a much larger reviewing-backlog.
  • Try to add a brief comment for each paper – maybe at the expense of reading the full text!


Note last updated: 14/07/2019 20:29:46



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