Who am I?

Dr. Susan Blackmore


Susan Blackmore sitting on the steps outside her home. Susan has long hair which is died pink and blue.

Susan Blackmore is a freelance writer and lecturer, broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth, UK.

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).



Her research interests include memes and evolutionary theoryconsciousnessNDEsOBEsfree willlucid dreamssleep paralysisdrugs, psychedelicsspirituality and meditation. She has written over fifteen books, more than sixty academic papers and articles for many magazines and newspapers. She practices Zen, campaigns for drug legalization and plays in her village samba band, Crooked Tempo. She no longer works on the paranormal.

Sue is probably best known for writing The Meme Machine (1999) and the textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (3rd Edition, 2018). Her most recent books are Seeing Myself: What Out-of-body Experiences Tell Us About Life, Death & the Mind (2017), and Consciousness: An Introduction (4th Edition due 2024, with Emily Troscianko). 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, Emily Troscianko and Jolyon Troscianko, and lives in south Devon with her husband Adam Hart-Davis.


Further information available online:

A full list of all Sue’s books

A full list of all publications and articles is available on Susan’s web site.

Find Quotes on Goodreads

Memetics UK Website (Maintained by Susan Blackmore)

Citations on Google Scholar



Read Susan’s work on Academia

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


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Other information you might like to know

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