Who am I?

Dr. Susan Blackmore

Susan Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and 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, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen, campaigns for drug legalization and plays in her village samba band, Crooked Tempo. She no longer works on the paranormal.

Sue Blackmore writes for several magazines and newspapers, blogs for Psychology Today, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over fifteen books, sixty academic articles, about eighty book contributions, and many book reviews.

Her most recent books are Seeing Myself: What Out-of-body Experiences Tell Us About Life, Death & the Mind (2017), and Consciousness: An Introduction (3rd edition with Emily Troscianko, 2018).

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, 2011 and 2018). 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:

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Read Susan’s work on Academia

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

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

or read someone else’s (rather glowing) review on Psych Web

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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.


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

 “Ally of Naturalism

An “Enthusiastic Bright

a Distinguished Supporter of Atheism

A  Fellow of the GWUP (German Skeptics Organisation – Society for the Scientific Investigation of Parasciences)

Supporter of Pipedown – to reduce unwanted music!