@ Virginia tech.  I like philosoph...ish

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: 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: AC Origins, Horizon Zero Dawn, 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)

MY INTERESTS

Claudio D'AMATO