Conference Papers, Lectures, Workshops and Retreats

I have been taking an extended break from all work for the past 18 months due to chronic fatigue. I am very gradually returning to work but obviously all events to date have been cancelled. I will be undertaking a limited number of commitments when possible in 2020.

Forthcoming Events in 2020
The Psychedelic Society presents OUT OF BODY.
On June 3 Sue will be taking part in this online film and panel discussion with leading researchers and academics in the fascinating realm of out of body experiences; how they manifest, what they can mean, and their transformational effects in peoples lives. The panel features experts from the documentary and discusses this extraordinary human phenomena. This is the last chance to view the film before it can only be accessed on Gaia (subscription streaming platform).

Sound, Consciousness, and Shamanism, September 2020

In September I will be giving three lectures at this Seminar in Florianópolis, Brazil. The seminar runs from August 28 – September 10, 2020. For more information download the flyer September 2020 Seminar
My lectures will be:
• Are there other worlds? Possible answers from psychedelics, ayahuasca and near-death experiences
• Delusions of consciousness: Why is science so confused about the mind?
• Enjoying the Buddhist Jhanas: Discrete states of consciousness reached through concentraDon.

Conference Papers


CSICon, Las Vegas, United States  –  18-21 October 2018 Celebrating Science and reason, CSICon is one of the planet’s premier skeptics conferences, where hundreds of critical thinkers come to Las Vegas, the city of illusions, to hear from the leading lights of science and skepticism. My talk on Saturday October 20th. See their website for details

Skeptics National Convention, Sydney, Australia, 13-14 October 2018. A festival exploring science, reason and critical thinking. I gave a lecture on OBE’s.  See the full programme here

Psycherence, a one day conference on psychedelics and consciousness in Tallinn, September 2018. A most unusual conference – a Psycherence, other speakers included Dennis McKenna (brother of Terence), Jeremy Narby (he of ‘The Cosmic Serpent’) and Luis Luna (psychonaut and expert on ayahuasca). I spoke on consciousness, OBEs and illusions

The whole was live streamed and you can watch here although it does cost 20 Euros.


Positive Scepticism: The new science of out-of-body experiences at the European Skeptics Conference ESC’17 – in Wroclaw, Poland, 22-24 September 2017. Watch the whole lecture here.

University of Leiden. April 2017. Abstract: The Illusion of Free Will


May I offend you? The clash of science, religion & free speech. University of Exeter Atheist, Humanist and Secular Society Regional Convention (14 November 2015)

May I offend you? The clash of Science, Religion and Free Speech. My lecture at the American Atheists National Convention, Memphis April 2015. Watch my lecture on YouTube.

The New Science of out-of-body Experiences,  my lecture at The Return of Consciousness – A New Science on Old Questions (Axson Johnson Foundation, Sweden, 2015). Also watch video: In the ego tunnel: a conversation with Susan Blackmore

Out-of-body experiences, and what they tell us about ourselves. Towards a Science of Consciousness.  TSC Helsinki, 9-13 June 2015. Abstract.  Watch my interview on Consciousness Central.

The mystery of Consciousness. 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, Oxford April 2015. Abstract.

Memes, Power and God. AHS Convention, London, 28 March 2015. Abstract.


Creative Evolution: From Genes and Memes to a technological takeover. I-Brain, Ghent, Belgium, 22 November 2014. Abstract

Making Sense of Sense Making, Oxford, October 2014

Cologne Conference Futures CCF14, ‘Memes, tremes and the future of consciousness’. 6 October 2014. Read Abstract. Listen to podcast.

Science and the Big Questions, How to live without free will. Abraham Kuyper Center, VU Amsterdam, 18-21 August 2014

Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, Santa Fe, 5 – 9 May 2014

Dying all the time: Presentation as part of a plenary session on death and consciousness. Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, Arizona. 21-26 April 2014. Abstract


Fighting the Fakers – and Failing’, The Amazing Meeting – TAM 2013, Las Vegas 12 July 2013

Living without free will’; British Humanist Annual Conference, Leeds, 8 June 2013

Mysteries of Seeing, Conference on Science and Nonduality (SAND), Doorn, Netherlands, 31 May 2013. Video

The Mystery of Consciousness, Ratio Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, 27 April 2013. Abstract Watch whole lecture on YouTube here

I came here of my own free will, National Council for Hypnotherapy, Annual Conference, London, 2 March 2013


She won’t be me. Conference on Science and Nonduality SAND, Doorn, Netherlands, June 2012.  video

Debate with Deepak Chopra, Menas Lefatos and Leonard Mlodinov at TSC Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson 2012 April 10th 2012
See video. and article in Tucson paper.

Lectures and workshops on memes at the SIDEER Symposium on cultural evolution, Ben Gurion University, Israel. March 19-21 2012

2011, 2010  (to be filled in!)

Turning on the light to see how the darkness looks. Brimingham  2011

Santander July 2011



“Ten Zen Questions” Cheltenham Science Festival 3.06.2009

“Ten Zen Questions” Swindon Literary Fstival 11.05.2009

“Ten Zen Questions” Oxford Literary Festival, 3.04.2009



Blackmore, S. 2008 “Could the web be conscious?” Modelling Cognitive Behaviour, Bristol 10 October 2008

Blackmore, S. 2008 “Zen Questioning: Can it help the science of consciousness?” Presented at the conference Fusion of East and West. Open University, Warwick, July 2008

Blackmore, S. 2008 “The mystery of consciousness”, The Tim Gregson Williams Memorial Lecture Association for the Teaching of Psychology (ATP) Conference 2008 Lincoln. 10th July 2008

Blackmore, S. 2008 Consciousness Oxford Literary Festival, 04.04.08

Blackmore, S. 2008 Genes, memes and temes. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Monterey, CA, 28.02.08 and reworked to the Moonlight Sonata!


Blackmore, S. 2007 “Seeing or blind? A test of sensorimotor theory” Poster. Conference on “Perception, action and consciousness: Sensorimotor dynamics and dual vision”. Bristol, July 1-3. Virtual poster%


PopTech 2005: Grand Challenges: Maine, New England   What is the impact of technology on people? What is the shape of things to come? And what does it take to change the world?The annual PopTech Conference brought together luminaries in technology, industry, science, education, the arts and the press for a far reaching discussion on these questions. Susan Blackmore gave a lecture about the future of ideas and memes. Read PopTech 2005