Claudio D'AMATO

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I am proud of my varied interests outside of academia! In no particular order, I am:

  • An avid writer of fiction and nonfiction, especially transhumanist and utopian. Favorite authors: Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, P.D. James, Charles Stross, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov.

  • An inveterate sports fan. I follow almost every sport, year-round. I was a sprint runner in high school (20 years and 100 pounds ago…) and I have been a really bad tennis and football/soccer player all my life.

  • video gamer. Current favorites: Red Dead Redemption 2, Dishonored 2, Anno 2205... and still playing Skyrim...

  • movie buff. My all-time top three: 2001 A Space OdysseyThe Thin Red LineThe English Patient.

  • A lover of breadth over depth, in both my academic life and leisurely pursuits. "Specialization is for insects" (Robert Heinlein).

MY cats

Pearl (2007-) and Lazer Beam (2011-)

Michelangelo a.k.a. Miki (2001-2014)


@ Virginia tech.  I like philosoph...ish.