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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Now in Austin ... after spending yesterday afternoon/evening in taxis, planes, and airports. Had a very long sleep last night, so maybe I'm still not completely better? Then again, I was insomniac for quite a long time, adapting to yet another strange bed, and may not have spent an excessive time actually asleep.

Must now turn back into a human being, then go and register for Armadillocon. Also need to be back here at 3 pm, local time, for a radio interview with Seth Shostak. He wants to talk about transhumanism, but maybe there'll be an opportunity to slip in something about 50VoD. In any event, there's much to be said for and against transhumanism.

Edit: Just did the interview. No chance to talk about something as mundane as 50VoD, since we were very much focused on speculation about super-technology. Greatly enjoyed the interview, though, and hopefully will be able to provide a URL for it a little down the track ... so you can have a listen for yourselves.


robert_h said...

Hello Russell! No one has deigned to comment on any of your "vacation"-blogs so I decided to "break the ice"!

I note with pleasure that your trip, with one notable exception, has been enjoyable for you and your wife. Well done!

I look forward to listening to today's interview at an appropriate time.

Russell Blackford said...

Thanks, mate. I like to think that there's a huge number of readers out there enjoying my posts about the trip, but just not commenting ... perhaps waiting for me to say something controversial about religion, or whatever, before they pounce.

jdhuey said...

As they say in that delightful city (delightful except when it is hot and humid), 'Keep Austin Weird'.