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    Russell Blackford (2016). Voluntary Euthanasia: Beware of the Godly! Australian Humanist, The 120:4.
    Blackford, Russell In the United Kingdom, ongoing social and political controversy over voluntary euthanasia, or assisted suicide, has reached a new stage. Labour MP Rob Marris has put forward a private member's bill, to be debated in the House of Commons in September. Thus, the UK now becomes a focus of attention for those of us with an interest in the issue of assisted suicide.
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    R. Blackford (2009). Moral Pluralism Versus the Total View: Why Singer is Wrong About Radical Life Extension. Journal of Medical Ethics 35 (12):747-752.
    Peter Singer has argued that we should not proceed with a hypothetical life-extension drug, based on a scenario in which developing the drug would fail to achieve the greatest sum of happiness over time. However, this is the wrong test. If we ask, more simply, which policy would be more benevolent, we reach a different conclusion from Singer’s: even given his (admittedly questionable) scenario, development of the drug should go ahead. Singer’s rigorous utilitarian position pushes him in the direction of (...)
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    Russell Blackford (2012). Robots and Reality: A Reply to Robert Sparrow. [REVIEW] Ethics and Information Technology 14 (1):41-51.
    We commonly identify something seriously defective in a human life that is lived in ignorance of important but unpalatable truths. At the same time, some degree of misapprehension of reality may be necessary for individual health and success. Morally speaking, it is unclear just how insistent we should be about seeking the truth. Robert Sparrow has considered such issues in discussing the manufacture and marketing of robot ‘pets’, such as Sony’s doglike ‘AIBO’ toy and whatever more advanced devices may supersede (...)
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    Russell Blackford (2010). Book Review: Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape. [REVIEW] Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2):53-62.
    In the end, Harris provides a compelling argument for selective intolerance toward harsh moral traditions. He argues via a kind of moral realism, linked to a form of utilitarian ethic, but I submit that these are not doing the real work. To reach a similar conclusion, we can rely on much weaker premises. It’s enough that we have a non-arbitrary conception of what morality is for, and what sorts of things we can rationally and realistically want moral traditions to do. (...)
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    Russell Blackford (2013). A Transhuman Future. The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):92-97.
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  6. Udo Schuklenk & Russell Blackford (eds.) (2009). Voices of Disbelief. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    R. Blackford (2006). Sinning Against Nature: The Theory of Background Conditions. Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (11):629-634.
    Debates about the moral and political acceptability of particular sexual practices and new technologies often include appeals to a supposed imperative to follow nature. If nature is understood as the totality of all phenomena or as those things that are not artificial, there is little prospect of developing a successful argument to impugn interference with it or sinning against it. At the same time, there are serious difficulties with approaches that seek to identify "proper" human functioning. An alternative approach is (...)
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    Russell Blackford, "Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong with Life in a Simulation?" The Choice of the Blue Pill Satisfies Philosophical Teachings.
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    Russell Blackford (2012). Excessive Tolerance? The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):121-122.
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    Russell Blackford (2016). Most Australian Voters Not Influenced by Religion. Australian Humanist, The 120:15.
    Blackford, Russell A recent survey conducted on behalf of the Rationalist Association of New South Wales and the Humanist Society of Queensland has found that only 14 per cent of Australians were influenced by their religious beliefs the last time they voted.
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    Russell Blackford (2007). Differing Vulnerabilities: The Moral Significance of Lockean Personhood. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (1):70-71.
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    Russell Blackford (2005). Human Cloning And'posthuman'society. Monash Bioethics Review 24 (1):10-26.
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    Russell Blackford (2015). What If Nothing is Sacred?: Politics and Bioethics Without Sanctity. Australian Humanist, The 119:10.
    Blackford, Russell I will examine some implications for bioethical debate - and more broadly, for political and cultural controversy - if we take to heart the work of American psychologist Jonathan Haidt and his collaborators.
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    Russell Blackford (2006). Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering and the Principle of Intangible Harm. The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Russell Blackford (2007). Slippery Slopes to Slippery Slopes: Therapeutic Cloning and the Criminal Law. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (2):63-64.
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    R. Blackford (2006). Stem Cell Research on Other Worlds, or Why Embryos Do Not Have a Right to Life. Journal of Medical Ethics 32 (3):177-180.
    Anxieties about the creation and destruction of human embryos for the purpose of scientific research on embryonic stem cells have given a new urgency to the question of whether embryos have moral rights. This article uses a thought experiment involving two possible worlds, somewhat removed from our own in the space of possibilities, to shed light on whether early embryos have such rights as a right not to be destroyed or discarded . It is argued that early embryos do not (...)
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    Russell Blackford (2010). Voicing Our Disbelief. The Philosophers' Magazine 48 (48):81-86.
    Much of the adverse reaction to the New Atheism is ill-founded. It displays a foolish sentimentalisation of religious faith, and often a failure to appreciate the real-world problem of religion’s persistence. Critics of forthright atheism display a naivety about religion’s ongoing power and influence in the public sphere, all too obvious even in Western democracies.
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    Russell Blackford (2012). The Invention of Ethics. The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):102-103.
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    Russell Blackford (2014). Richard Swinburne , Mind, Brain, and Free Will . Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):110-112.
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    Russell Blackford (2010). Editorial–Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms. Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (1):i-iii.
    In issue 20 of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, we published “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner . In this intriguing article, Sorgner argues that there are significant similarities between the concept of the posthuman and Nietzsche’s celebrated notion of the overhuman . Sorgner does not claim that late twentieth-century and contemporary transhumanist thinkers were knowingly influenced by Nietzsche: this is a question that he explicitly leaves open. Nor does he depict transhumanism as monolithic, or the (...)
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    Russell Blackford (2006). Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin. The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Russell Blackford, Unbelievable!
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  23. Russell Blackford (2008). Book Review: Jerry A. Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True. [REVIEW] Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1):61-66.
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  24. Russell Blackford (2010). Editorial. Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2).
    n issue 20 of The Journal of Evolution and Technology, we published “Nietzsche, the Overhuman, and Transhumanism” by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, a leading Nietzsche scholar and the author of Metaphysics Without Truth: On the Importance of Consistency within Nietzsche’s Philosophy. Issue 21, our “Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms” issue, was prepared following a call for papers in response. We published a mix of short responses and full-length peer-reviewed articles. Meanwhile, we also invited Stefan Sorgner to reply to the papers in the (...)
     
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  25. Russell Blackford (2008). Editorial: Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future. Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1).
    As described elsewhere on this journal’s website, The Journal of Evolution and Technology was founded in 1998 as The Journal of Transhumanism, and was originally published by the World Transhumanist Association. In November 2004, JET moved under the umbrella of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies , an organization that seeks to contribute to our understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. Prior to my appointment, in January 2008, as JET’s editor-in-chief, I’d had four distinguished (...)
     
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  26. Russell Blackford (2011). Editorial: Of Minds and Machines. Journal of Evolution and Technology 22 (1):i-ii.
    This special issue of JET deals with questions relating to our radically enhanced future selves or our possible “mind children” – conscious beings that we might bring about through the development of advanced computers and robots. Our mind children might exceed human levels of cognition, and avoid many human limitations and vulnerabilities. In a call for papers earlier this year, the editors asked how far we ought to go with processes that might ultimately convert humans to some sort of post-biological (...)
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    Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page.
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  28. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page.
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  29. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page.
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  30. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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  31. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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  32. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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  33. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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  34. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (2013). 50 Great Myths About Atheism. Wiley-Blackwell.
    Tackling a host of myths and prejudices commonly leveled at atheism, this captivating volume bursts with sparkling, eloquent arguments on every page. The authors rebut claims that range from atheism being just another religion to the alleged atrocities committed in its name. An accessible yet scholarly commentary on hot-button issues in the debate over religious belief Teaches critical thinking skills through detailed, rational argument Objectively considers each myth on its merits Includes a history of atheism and its advocates, an appendix (...)
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  35. Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) (2014). Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Intelligence Unbound_ explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature (...)
     
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  36. Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) (2014). Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Intelligence Unbound_ explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature (...)
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  37. Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) (2014). Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _Intelligence Unbound_ explores the prospects, promises, and potential dangers of machine intelligence and uploaded minds in a collection of state-of-the-art essays from internationally recognized philosophers, AI researchers, science fiction authors, and theorists. Compelling and intellectually sophisticated exploration of the latest thinking on Artificial Intelligence and machine minds Features contributions from an international cast of philosophers, Artificial Intelligence researchers, science fiction authors, and more Offers current, diverse perspectives on machine intelligence and uploaded minds, emerging topics of tremendous interest Illuminates the nature (...)
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  38. Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) (forthcoming). Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress. Blackwell.
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  39. Russell Blackford (2007). Rendezvous with Utopia: Two Versions of the Future in the Rama Novels. Colloquy 14:21-29.
    Published in 1973, Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama won the Hugo, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Awards . Its im- pressive collection of awards, outstanding commercial success, and intrinsic interest make it one of the few truly iconic works of hard science fiction. It depicts the work of astronauts in space, and shows an obvious concern for scientific accuracy and logic. In all, Rendezvous with Rama seems like an unlikely candidate for a utopian novel, and that expression would, indeed, (...)
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  40. Russell Blackford (2002). Stranger Than You Think: Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future. In D. Tofts, A. Jonson & A. Cavallaro (eds.), Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History. MIT Press 252--63.
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  41. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  42. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (eds.) (2011). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents_ a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists. Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley Contributions range from (...)
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  43. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (eds.) (2011). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents_ a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists. Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley Contributions range from (...)
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  44. Russell Blackford & Udo Schüklenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
    _50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists presents_ a collection of original essays drawn from an international group of prominent voices in the fields of academia, science, literature, media and politics who offer carefully considered statements of why they are atheists. Features a truly international cast of contributors, ranging from public intellectuals such as Peter Singer, Susan Blackmore, and A.C. Grayling, novelists, such as Joe Haldeman, and heavyweight philosophers of religion, including Graham Oppy and Michael Tooley Contributions range from (...)
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  45. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  46. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  47. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2011). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  48. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  49. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2011). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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  50. Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk (eds.) (2009). 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists. Wiley-Blackwell.
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