All my books and articles are listed in Publications.
People often ask me what to read on a particular subject. Here are some suggestions.
(I have written extensively on consciousness – this is just a small selection)
My Books on Consciousness
Consciousness: An Introduction, Second Edition, London, Hodder Education 2010 or New York, Oxford University Press, 2011
Zen and the Art of Consciousness, Oxford, Oneworld
Conversations on Consciousness, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2005 (and see audio below)
A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness, Oxford, Oxford University Press 2005
Other Books On Consciousness
I was recently asked by fivebooks.com to suggest what I think are the Five Best Books on Consciousness – these were my choices. February 2018
Blackmore, S. (2012) Turning on the light to see how the darkness looks. In Consciousness: Its Nature and Functions, Ed Shulamith Kreitler and Oded Maimon, NY, Nova pp 1-22
Blackmore,S.J. (2002) What is consciousness? In H. Swain (Ed) Big Questions in Science, London, Jonathan Cape, 39-43
Blackmore, S. 2016 Delusions of consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23, 52-64
Blackmore, S. 2012 She won’t be me. Journal of Consciousness Studies, Singularity Special Edition, 19, No 1-2, 16-19
Blackmore,S.J. (2002) There is no stream of consciousness. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 9, 17-28
Blackmore, S. 2002 The grand illusion: Why consciousness only exists when you look for it. New Scientist, 22.6.02, 26-29 (cover story)
Blackmore,S.J., Brelstaff,G., Nelson, K. and Troscianko,T. 1995 Is the richness of our visual world an illusion? Transsaccadic memory for complex scenes. Perception, 24, 1075-1081c
(NB – this was the first ever published experiment on ‘change blindness’)
Blogs and web
OUP blog on consciousness, 4 April 2014
Watch video – Consciousness on the grill or in the spit? Interview for Cosmoetica with Susan Blackmore and Jonathan Schooler for Dan Schneider – Interview #245: Stream(s) Of Consciousness(?) 10 August 2018
In summer 2015 I grilled some of the world’s experts about the mysteries of consciousness (David Chalmers, Pat Churchland, Andy Clark, Michael Gazzaniga and Thomas Metzinger) for Swedish TV (Axess). These interviews are now available to watch online. Click on one of these links to watch interviews with David Chalmers, Pat Churchland, Michael Gazzaniga, Andy Clark or Thomas Metzinger. You can also watch a video of all of us talking at the Conference about Consciousness filmed by Axess TV here.
Interview with me on Consciousness Central, at Towards a Science of Consciousness, Helsinki, June 2015. I am interviewed about the talk I gave on “Out-of-body experiences and what they tell us about ourselves”.
Michael Persinger and the God Helmet – interview with Susan Blackmore (published 2014 for Web of Stories). Watch on YouTube
The mystery of consciousness, lecture in Sofia, Bulgaria, April 2013
Lecture on the Illusion of Consciousness at the Skeptics conference 2005
Dan Dennett and me in ‘Conversation’ about his new book at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. 22.02.17.
Consciousness and Out of Body Experiences, with Dr. Susan Blackmore – Spiritual Naturalist Society Today #23. 1 August 2017
Interview on Radio West (KUER) from Salt Lake City. A whole hour discussing the meaning of consciousness. Are you conscious now? The answer is probably yes, but what does that really mean? 10 December 2015
The biggest questions – an audio discussion on consciousness with Tony Sobrado. October 2013. In this episode I address the possibility that Cartesian dualism may have been replaced by Cartesian materialism.
“The curious illusion of consciousness“: audio “teleseminar” for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. I talk to Marilyn Schlitz about mind, meditation and consciousness.13.4.11
Conversations on Consciousness – an interview about the book with The Guardian’s James Randerson
and full length interviews (more than in the book) with Dan Dennett, VS Ramachandran andFrancis Crick April 2007