Who am I?

Dr. Susan Blackmore

Sue 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) an MSc and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). She no longer works on the paranormal.  Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen, campaigns for drug legalization and plays in her village samba band, Crooked Tempo.

Sue Blackmore 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 eighty book contributions, and many book reviews.

Her latest book is Seeing Myself: The new science of out-of-body experiences (2017).

Her other  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), Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011) and Consciousness: An Introduction (a textbook, new editions 2010 and 2011). Her work has been translated into more than 20 other languages.

She is a TED lecturer, a member of the Edge Community, and was chosen as one of the 100 Global Minds 2015.

She has two children and lives in south Devon with her husband Adam Hart-Davis.

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You can also find out more about me from various interviews.

or read someone else’s (rather glowing) view of me on Psych Web


For further information you might like to know …

why I gave up parapsychology – “Into the unknown
why I left my job – “Leaving
what it’s like writing a textbook on consciousness – “Conscious effort
and why I support the legalization of drugs.


I am …
Patron of Transform – Drug Policy Foundation
Honorary Member of  Population Matters
Distinguished Supporter of the British Humanist Association

I am an “ally of Naturalism

I’m an “Enthusiastic Bright

a Distinguished Supporter of Atheism

I am a Fellow of the GWUP (German Skeptics Organisation – Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences)

I support Pipedown – to reduce unwanted music!