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IEET > Fellows > Russell Blackford

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

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Saturday self-promotion - "Lawrence v. Texas: A Right to Personal Freedom?"

A useful piece on "trigger warnings"

Ghostbusters (2016) at the box office - a reality check

Hugo Awards 2016 - and, alas, a bit about the Puppies

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)


"Book review: Zoltan Istvan’s The Transhumanist Wager"  Jan 26, 2016

"Genetic editing and the tyranny of opinion"   Policy Forum  Jan 6, 2016

"Why I still Support Charlie Hebdo"   The Conversation  Oct 1, 2015

"Voluntary Euthanasia: Beware of the godly!"   The Conversation  Sep 8, 2015

"Philosophy versus Science versus Politics"   The Conversation  Sep 3, 2015

Recent Multimedia

What if Nothing is Sacred? Politics and Bioethics without Sanctity   2015-07-24

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


Phil Torres publishes book on Existential Risks (Feb 13, 2016)

Russell Blackford’s new book is available: The Mystery of Moral Authority (Jan 16, 2016)

JET Going So Strong We Need to Pause on Submissions (Sep 17, 2015)

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

Was Nietzsche a Transhumanist? (Apr 24, 2012)

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)


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