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    Robots and Reality: A Reply to Robert Sparrow.Russell Blackford - 2012 - 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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    The Mystery of Moral Authority.Russell Blackford - unknown
    The Mystery of Moral Authority argues for a sceptical and pragmatic view of morality as an all-too-human institution. Searching, intellectually rigorous, and always fair to rival views, it represents the state of the art in a tradition of moral philosophy that includes Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, and J.L. Mackie.
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    Book Review: Sam Harris' The Moral Landscape. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2010 - 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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  4. Voices of Disbelief.Udo Schuklenk & Russell Blackford (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Philosophy in an Age of Propaganda.Russell Blackford - 2016 - The Philosophers' Magazine 72:27-28.
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    A Transhuman Future.Russell Blackford - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62 (62):92-97.
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    "Try the Blue Pill: What's Wrong with Life in a Simulation?" The Choice of the Blue Pill Satisfies Philosophical Teachings.Russell Blackford - unknown
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    Excessive Tolerance?Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59 (59):121-122.
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    Differing Vulnerabilities: The Moral Significance of Lockean Personhood.Russell Blackford - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (1):70-71.
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    Human Cloning And'posthuman'society.Russell Blackford - 2005 - Monash Bioethics Review 24 (1):10-26.
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    Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin: Genetic Engineering and the Principle of Intangible Harm.Russell Blackford - 2006 - The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Voluntary Euthanasia: Beware of the Godly!Russell Blackford - 2016 - 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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    The Invention of Ethics.Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 56 (56):102-103.
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    Voicing Our Disbelief.Russell Blackford - 2010 - 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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    Dr. Frankenstein Meets Lord Devlin.Russell Blackford - 2006 - The Monist 89 (4):526-547.
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    Slippery Slopes to Slippery Slopes: Therapeutic Cloning and the Criminal Law.Russell Blackford - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (2):63-64.
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    Editorial–Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms.Russell Blackford - 2010 - 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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    Richard Swinburne , Mind, Brain, and Free Will . Reviewed By.Russell Blackford - 2014 - Philosophy in Review 34 (3-4):110-112.
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    What If Nothing is Sacred?: Politics and Bioethics Without Sanctity.Russell Blackford - 2015 - 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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    Most Australian Voters Not Influenced by Religion.Russell Blackford - 2016 - 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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    Unbelievable!Russell Blackford - unknown
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  22. A Transhuman Future.Russell Blackford - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62:92-97.
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  23. Book Review: Jerry A. Coyne’s Why Evolution Is True. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2008 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1):61-66.
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  24. Editorial.Russell Blackford - 2010 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 21 (2):i-ii.
    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. Editorial: Celebrating Our Past, Imagining Our Future.Russell Blackford - 2008 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 20 (1):i-ii.
    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. Editorial: Of Minds and Machines.Russell Blackford - 2011 - 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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  27. Excessive Tolerance? [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 59:121-122.
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    50 Great Myths About Atheism.Russell Blackford, SchÜ & Udo Klenk - 2013 - 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. 50 Great Myths About Atheism.Blackford Russell & Schüklenk Udo - 2013 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds.Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) - 2014 - 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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  31. Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress.Russell Blackford & Damien Broderick (eds.) - forthcoming - Blackwell.
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  32. Rendezvous with Utopia: Two Versions of the Future in the Rama Novels.Russell Blackford - 2007 - 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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  33. Stranger Than You Think: Arthur C. Clarke's Profiles of the Future.Russell Blackford - 2002 - In D. Tofts, A. Jonson & A. Cavallaro (eds.), Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History. MIT Press. pp. 252--63.
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  34. Talking About Goodness. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2015 - The Philosophers' Magazine 69:121-122.
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  35. The Invention of Ethics. [REVIEW]Russell Blackford - 2012 - The Philosophers' Magazine 56:102-103.
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  36. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Blackford Russell & Schüklenk Udo (eds.) - 2011 - 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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  37. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Blackford Russell, SchÜ & Klenk Udo (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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  38. 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists.Blackford Russell & Schüklenk Udo (eds.) - 2009 - Wiley-Blackwell.
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