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Russell Blackford

Russell Blackford PhD LLB, an attorney, science fiction author and critic, philosopher, and public intellectual, lives in Newcastle, Australia, where he is a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Newcastle, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Monash University.

Dr. Blackford serves as editor-in-chief of the IEET’s Journal of Evolution and Technology. He writes frequently on issues related to emerging technology, including the ethics and regulation of cloning, stem cell research, and human enhancement. His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Australian Law Review, Cosmos, Foundation, Journal of Law and Medicine, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Medical Ethics, Meanjin, Monash Bioethics Review, New York Review of Science Fiction, Quadrant, Science Fiction, Science Fiction Sudies, and Westerly.

Dr. Blackford blogs at Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.

 


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Metamagician and the Hellfire Club

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Hellfire Club is moving

My top 10 posts of 2012 from Talking Philosophy - a personal selection

My ten most popular posts of all time

Sunday supervillainy - Amazing Spider-Man #700

Some scattered highlights of 2012



Books


Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2014)

Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies by Russell Blackford (2013)

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays by eds. Max More and Natasha Vita-More (2013)

Freedom of Religion and the Secular State by Russell Blackford (2012)

50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists by eds. Udo Schuklenk and Russell Blackford (2009)

Times of Trouble (Book Three of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles) by Russell Blackford (2005)

An Evil Hour (Book Two of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles) by Russell Blackford (2005)

Dark Futures (Book One of Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles) by Russell Blackford (2005)

Kong Reborn by Russell Blackford (2005)

Dark Futures by Russell Blackford (2002)

Strange Constellations : A History of Australian Science Fiction by Russell Blackford, Van Ikin, and Sean McMullen  (1999)

Hyperdreams: Damien Broderick’s Space/Time Fiction by Russell Blackford (1998)

Contrary Modes by Russell Blackford (1985)

Urban Fantasies by Russell Blackford (1985)

The Tempting of the Witch King (a fantasy novel) by Russell Blackford (1983)


Articles


"Transhumanism and The Journal of Evolution and Technology"   Ethical Technology  Sep 28, 2014

"Should we Boycott Ender’s Game?"   The HellFire Club  Oct 28, 2013

"On being skeptical (Part 2)"   The Hellfire Club  Aug 7, 2013

"On being skeptical (Part 1)"   The Hellfire Club  Aug 6, 2013

"Complementary ways of comprehending the world"   Ethical Technology  Jun 28, 2013

"The dreaded c-word: updated"   The Hellfire Club  Apr 3, 2013

"The Dublin Declaration on Secularism and Advancing Australia’s Secularism"   The Hellfire Club  Mar 22, 2013

"Disinviting speakers – the Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate debacle"   The Hellfire Club  Mar 16, 2013

"Rationalist Society manifesto for a secular Australia"   The Hellfire Club  Mar 12, 2013

"Sex in Samoa – Margaret Mead not so wrong after all?"   The Hellfire Club  Mar 11, 2013

"Same-sex marriage case approaches US Supreme Court hearing"   The Hellfire Club  Mar 1, 2013

"Sunday Supervillainy on Thursday – “mutant women of Earth”"   The Hellfire Club  Feb 21, 2013

"Iceland’s Illiberal Agenda"   The Hell Fire Club  Feb 18, 2013

"It’s a wash – the evidence about pornography"   Ethical Technology  Feb 13, 2013

"Is abortion a greater evil than sex abuse?"   Ethical Technology  Nov 25, 2012

"Atheism, Philosophy and Morality (interview by Rational Hub)"   Rational Hub  Oct 26, 2012

"Sam Harris on the “Innocence of Muslims” affair"   Talking Philosophy  Sep 23, 2012

"Online Vitriol and Derision - it is Necessary?"   Talking Philosophy  Sep 12, 2012

"What is this Thing called Enhancement?"   Talk  Sep 5, 2012

"Is Nice Nihilism Enough?"   Talking Philosophy  Aug 31, 2012

"Civility and Free Speech"   Talking Philosophy  Aug 6, 2012

"Same-Sex Couples to the Rescue of Marriage?"   Talking Philosophy  Jul 20, 2012

"What is a Sexual Image?"   Talking Philosophy  Jul 16, 2012

"Peter Singer on “Freedom of Religion”"   Talking Philosophy  Jun 30, 2012

"The Avengers Need More Women on Their Team"   Metamagician3000  May 28, 2012

"We Are Doing Something Right: Steven Pinker and the Decline of Violence"   Religion and Ethics  Mar 31, 2012

"My Top 12 Books of the Year"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Dec 24, 2011

"Reviewing “The Moral Landscape” by Sam Harris"   Journal of Evolution and Technology  Jan 14, 2011

"#6: In Support of Boobquake"   Ethical Technology  Dec 26, 2010

"#16: Science, Morality, and Sam Harris"   Ethical Technology  Dec 16, 2010

"#20: Vatican Condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards"   Ethical Technology  Dec 12, 2010

"Will science put the humanities out of business?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Nov 12, 2010

"Sam Harris on the illusion of free will"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Nov 6, 2010

"What you can’t say about Islam - The backlash against Elizabeth Moon"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Oct 28, 2010

"Fundamentalism"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Oct 11, 2010

"Vatican condemns Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Oct 6, 2010

"Beyond the “New Atheism”?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Sep 27, 2010

"Survival Beyond the Flesh"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Sep 10, 2010

"A Pathetic Attempt to Oppose Same-Sex Marriage"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Aug 16, 2010

"Catching up with the X-Universe"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Aug 10, 2010

"The Californian Gay Marriage Decision"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Aug 6, 2010

"The Copenhagen Declaration on Religion in Public Life"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 30, 2010

"Teenage births and abortions - responsibility is better than moralism"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 30, 2010

"Irish University Goes Batty"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 25, 2010

"Sam Harris on a science of morality"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 18, 2010

"In Support of Boobquake"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 26, 2010

"A no-brainer?—Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 17, 2010

"Metaethics Makes Slow Progress"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 9, 2010

"New York Court Strikes Down Gene Patents"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 5, 2010

"Moral by definition? (Some slightly technical philosophy.)"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Mar 30, 2010

"Reviewing “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion”"   Cosmos  Mar 27, 2010

"Science, Morality, and Sam Harris"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Mar 25, 2010

"Morality, With Limits"   Guardian  Mar 21, 2010

"Do Secularists Contribute to Social Divisiveness?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Mar 10, 2010

"Is religious freedom self-contradictory?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Feb 4, 2010

"Blame it on Nietzsche"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 27, 2010

"Does a child need both a mother and a father?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 23, 2010

"Danger: Teleologist at work! Robert Wright’s “The Evolution of God”"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 19, 2010

"Implausibility, Transcendence, and Atheism"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 10, 2010

"Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms"   Journal of Evolution and Technology 21(1):i-iii  Jan 8, 2010

"Voicing Our Disbelief"   TPM  Jan 5, 2010

"On Singer and Radical Life Extension"   Sentient Developments  Dec 29, 2009

"What About the Children?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Dec 20, 2009

"Why Singer is Wrong About Radical Life Extension"   Journal of Medical Ethics 2009;35:747-752  Dec 11, 2009

"Evil and Me"   50 Voices of Disbelief  Nov 22, 2009

"Imagine No Religion"   50 Voices of Disbelief  Nov 9, 2009

"The Unconditional Love of Reality"   50 Voices of Disbelief  Nov 5, 2009

"The great accommodationism debate"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 20, 2009

"Killer robots in war"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 22, 2009

"Remembering Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein"   normblog  May 12, 2009

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine"     May 10, 2009

"Should Scientists Accomodate Religious Sensibilities?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 28, 2009

"Choosing Between Possible Lives"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 9, 2009

"Why don’t they talk about defamation of science?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Feb 28, 2009

"The idiocy of “defamation of religion”"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Feb 17, 2009

"On the Yes! statement by the Order of Cosmic Engineers"   Sentient Developments  Jan 24, 2009

"The Core Idea of Transhumanism"   Sentient Developments  Jan 22, 2009

"Where’s my alien civilisation?"   Sentient Developments  Jan 20, 2009

"This postmillennialism nonsense"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 12, 2009

"What about the children?!"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jan 7, 2009

"Transhumanist theology"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jul 24, 2008

"Pickering on transhumanism"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jul 16, 2008

"Hayles shadowboxes with transhumanism"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jul 5, 2008

"Dupuy’s “anti-humanism”"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 30, 2008

"Are transhumanists idol worshippers?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 29, 2008

"On the Templeton Foundation’s “Engaging Transhumanism”"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 27, 2008

"Thoughts on art and nudity"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Jun 9, 2008

"Hollywood versus the Mutants"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 31, 2008

"Same-sex marriages today, polygamous marriages tomorrow?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  May 21, 2008

"Transhumanism still at the crossroads"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 22, 2008

"Do we want a truly liberal society?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 14, 2008

"Fitna and freedom of speech"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Apr 2, 2008

"Intelligent Design Movie Is Not for Heathens"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Mar 22, 2008

"Religion and nanotechnology"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Feb 17, 2008

"Genetics, ethics, and the state - revisited"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Nov 11, 2007

"Shadows of the Endarkenment from Montreal"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Nov 7, 2007

"Sex, Drugs, Death, and the Law"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Sep 29, 2007

"Does science presuppose naturalism?"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Sep 25, 2007

"Living with Darwin"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Sep 21, 2007

"On free will and moral responsibility"   Metamagician and the Hellfire Club  Aug 6, 2007


Recent Multimedia


We have the extraordinary evidence! TAM 2013   2014-09-29

What will human bodies be like in a hundred year’s time?   2014-03-11

Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion   2012-02-08

Atheism, Life Extension and the Singularity   2010-02-22

The Problem of Evil   2009-10-15

Earth: A Century Hence   2009-08-17


News


IEET Fellows Selinger and Blackford quoted in NYTimes (Sep 06, 2012)

Was Nietzsche a Transhumanist? (Apr 24, 2012)

New Special Issue of JET Online: Minds and Machines (Dec 11, 2011)

Hughes and Blackford featured in Free Inquiry (Dec 10, 2011)

New JET article by Nicholas Agar (Nov 29, 2010)

New Articles in JET (Oct 28, 2010)

New Issue of JET Now Available (Aug 28, 2010)

JET rated “A” by Australian government (May 27, 2010)

Blackford and Schuklenk interviewed about 50 Voices (Jul 03, 2009)

JET - issue 20(1) now complete (Jun 23, 2009)

New articles published in JET (Mar 20, 2009)

Global Spiral Publishes Ten Defenses of Transhumanism (Feb 06, 2009)

Update on Russell’s Voices of Disbelief (Jan 24, 2009)

New issue of JET (Jan 06, 2009)

Celebrating our past, imagining our future (Dec 19, 2008)

Russell about to publish Voices of Disbelief (Nov 30, 2008)

Andy, Russell and Heather at Andy’s Human Futures Conference (Nov 06, 2008)

Russell turns in his dissertation (Sep 01, 2008)

Latest issue of JET (Jul 27, 2008)

Russell’s new book project, Voices of Disbelief (Apr 16, 2008)

Latest from JET (Feb 02, 2008)

Russell Blackford is the New Editor of the Journal of Evolution and Technology (Jan 17, 2008)

The future of sex, and God, and everything else (Apr 25, 2007)

Betterhumans Relaunching With IEET Columnists (Apr 07, 2007)

Pursuing the Longevity Dividend: Scientific Goals for an Aging World (Sep 12, 2006)

Blackford publishes Kong Reborn (Oct 16, 2005)

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Oct 04, 2005)


Past Appearances


Russell Blackford on “A Secular Approach to the Risks and Benefits of Emerging Technologies” (Trinity College, Hartford CT USA - Mar 08, 2012)

Russell on “The Case Against Radical Enhancement: Assessing the Central Arguments” (Yale University, New Haven CT USA - Mar 07, 2012)

Blackford @ Council for Secular Humanism (Orlando, Florida USA - Mar 01, 2012)

Blackford on “Freedom of Religion and the Secular State” (Melbourne, Australia - Feb 02, 2012)

Blackford on “Thomas Pynchon?” to Existentialist Society (Melbourne Australia - Feb 01, 2011)

Russell Blackford on uploading @ Singularity Summit Australia (Melbourne, Australia - Sep 11, 2010)

Russell Blackford on “Science Fiction and Technoscience” @ World Science Fiction Convention (Melbourne, Australia - Sep 05, 2010)

Russell Blackford on “The Problem of Evil” (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia - Sep 15, 2009)

Blackford @ Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon (Montreal, Canada - Aug 06, 2009)

Miah, Blackford @ Human Futures: Art in an Age of Uncertainty (Liverpool, UK - Oct 30, 2008)

Russell Blackford on Sinning Against Nature (Melbourne, Australia - Mar 08, 2006)

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