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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

Science Fiction as a Lens into Future War

My submission to the current government consultation (in Australia) on religious freedom

New op-ed piece published by Arc Digital - "Philosophy Is Not Ideology"

A new review of The Tyranny of Opinion - on the "Babbling Books" site

"Apologies: Your Best Guide on the Internet" (An oldie but a goodie)

Philosophy’s Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress by Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick eds. (2017)

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)

"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)

"A Tale of Vigilante Justice: Adulterers, Hackers, and the Ashley Madison Affair"   The Conversation  (Aug 25, 2015)

"Locking horns over bioethics: The challenge from Steven Pinker"   Cogito  (Aug 9, 2015)

"I Stand With Peter Singer"  (Jun 25, 2015)

"The Monsters of Jurassic World"  (Jun 20, 2015)

"Avengers: Age of Ultron - a review with minor spoilers"   Metamagician and The Hellfire Club   (May 2, 2015)

"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)

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

Russell Blackford’s New Book Nominated for the Locus Award (Feb 10, 2018)

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)

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)