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Dr. Susan Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen and campaigns for drug legalization. 

Sue Blackmore no longer works on the paranormal. 

She writes for several magazines and newspapers, blogs for the Guardian newspaper and Psychology Today, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over sixty academic articles, about fifty book contributions, and many book reviews. Her books include Dying to Live (on near-death experiences, 1993), In Search of the Light (autobiography, 1996),Test Your Psychic Powers (with Adam Hart-Davis, 1997),The Meme Machine (1999, now translated into 15 other languages), Consciousness: An Introduction (a textbook 2003), Conversations on Consciousness (2005) and Ten Zen Questions(2009).

She has two children and lives in south Devon with Adam Hart-Davies.


  • "The Curious Illusion of Consciousness" with Susan Blackmore

    Most theories of consciousness, I suggest, try to explain the wrong thing. They may seek some particular brain function, area or process, or hope that the neural correlates of consciousness will reveal what “gives rise to” consciousness. I suggest that consciousness is not that kind of thing. The real question is why we are so deluded and whether we can throw off the illusions of self, consciousness and free will. I suggest that this is not only possible but essential if we are going to make any progress in understanding consciousness.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2011-04-13
    • 01:10:55

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