I am currently taking a break from all work including lectures, media and most email, due to chronic fatigue. I hope to be back to work, gradually, in October or November 2019.
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 https://videolevels.com/psycherence 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)
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
Making Sense of Sense Making, Oxford, October 2014
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
Mysteries of Seeing, Conference on Science and Nonduality (SAND), Doorn, Netherlands, 31 May 2013. Video
I came here of my own free will, National Council for Hypnotherapy, Annual Conference, London, 2 March 2013
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. 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 (vote on the outcome)
Blackmore, S. 2007 “The God Meme: Why Faith is So Infectious” – “Gott und Gen” Conference, Universitat Basel 10.02.07 Abstract
CFI Eleventh World Congress, Beijing, 12 – 15 October 2007. The Illusion of Consciousness in Modern Science and Ancient Chan. I was unable to give this lecture but here is the abstract.
Blackmore, S. 2006 Teleconference for SHOCK 18.07.06
Blackmore, S. 2006 “The self: A grand illusion?” Sea of Faith Conference on Is there a me?London, 25.03.2006
Blackmore, S. 2005 Life with an open mind: My life as a parapsychologist and Are you sure you’re conscious? Skeptics’ cruise 10 – 17.12.2005
Blackmore, S. 2005 Debate on Drugs and altered states with Colin Blakemore and Mike Jay, Cheltenham Science Festival, 11.6.05
Blackmore, S. 2005 A very short introduction to consciousness, Oxford Literary Festival, 3.30 Festival bookshop, 15.4.2005
Blackmore, S. 2005 Why are we deluded about consciousness? The Great Philosophy Event. Tampere, 2.4.2005 Full paper in English,
Blackmore, S. 2005 Viral faith: Religions as memes. Festival on “Religion, Art and the Brain”. Winchester, 13.3.2005
Blackmore, S. 2004 Why Global Workspace Theory cannot explain consciousness. Towards a Science of Consciousness, Tucson 2004, 7-11 April 2004
Blackmore, S. 2004 The meme’s eye view of language, The Fifth International Conference on the Evolution of Language, Leipzig, Germany, http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/evolang/ March 31 to April 03, 2004. Abstract
Blackmore, S. 2003 A way out of illusion? Enactive Consciousness, Seventh Annual Conference of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology section of the British Psychological Society, Oxford June 28-9 2003. Published (2004) Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 12, 88-9. Abstract
Blackmore, S. 2003 Testing the sensorimotor theory of vision. Sensorimotor Approaches to Perception, Oxford, 27 June 2003.
Blackmore, S. 2003 Stream of Consciousness. Cheltenham Science Festival, Cheltenham, 4 June 2003, lecture and book launch for “Consciousness: An Introduction”.
Blackmore, S. 2003 The Grand Illusion of Consciousness. MindStates IV, Berkeley, CA. 23 May 2003 (also MC for the conference 23-25 May 2003)
Blackmore, S. 2003 The Grand Illusion: Why consciousness is not what it seems. Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, 12 April 2003. Abstract
Rose, N.J., Blackmore,S. and French, C.C. 2002 Experiences and Interpretations of Sleep Paralysis. Parapsychological Association Conference, Paris, August
Blackmore, S. 2002 Look harder: Are you sure you have contents of consciousness? Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ, April 8-12 Tucson 2002
Tooze, O., Saunders, G. and Blackmore, S. 2002 Probing consciousness; testing the multiple drafts theory (Poster). Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ, April 8-12
Blackmore, S. 2002 Commentaries on papers by M. Iacoboni and F. Gil-White. Perspectives on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science, Royaumont Abbey, France, May 24-26 http://www.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/Psychology/imitation/
Blackmore, S. 2002 The Evolution of Meme Machines International Congress on Ontopsychology and Memetics, Milan May 18-21.
Also translated into French, Portuguese, Italian and Russian for the magazine New Ontopsychology
See also my Note on Ontopsychology
Blackmore,S. 2001 Human minds and religious memes. Invited lecture and debate with Steven Pinker. International Conference of CSICOP, Atlanta, GA, 9.11.01
Blackmore,S. 2001 The power of the memes. British Association for the Advancement of Science, Festival of Science, Glasgow, 3-7.9.2001
Blackmore,S. 2001 The Grand Illusion. At ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC 2001), Skövde, Sweden, 7-11.8.2001
Blackmore,S. 2001 Consciousness in meme machines. At ‘Can a machine be conscious?’ Banbury Center, Coldspring Harbour Laboratory, N.Y. 13-16.5.2001
Blackmore,S. 2001 The Meme’s Eye Web. WWW10, the tenth international world wide web conference, Hong Kong, 1-5.5.2001
Blackmore,S. 2001 Rebellion against the memes. Edinburgh International Science Festival, April 2001
Blackmore,S.J. and Rose,N. Horses for Courses: Testing a Psychic Claimant 24th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Northampton, September 2000 abstract
Blackmore,S.J. Memes and the Malign user illusion. Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, conference, Brussels, July 2000 For more information see
http://www.ulb.ac.be/event/ASSC4/ For abstract see Blackmore,S.J. 2000
Blackmore,S.J. Are we slaves of the memes ? Fortean Unconvention, London April 29-30 2000
Blackmore,S.J. Out-of-body experiences: Mystical experience or quirk of the brain? Society for Psychical Research Study Day 39, London, April 29 2000
Blackmore,S.J. Dismantling the selfplex: Memes machines and the nature of consciousness. “Toward a Science of Consciousness 4”. Tucson, Arizona, April 10-15 2000 abstract
Blackmore,S.J. On the edge of the real, Perrott-Warrick Conference, Cambridge, April 3-5 2000 abstract
Blackmore,S.J. Memes, Minds and Consciousness, VSPA Conference “The Future of Psychology”, Amsterdam, 11-12 November 1999 abstract
Blackmore,S.J. Memes, Minds and the Media VIPER 19th International Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Symposium “Cut and Copy”, Luzern, 29-30 October 1999
Blackmore,S.J. and Rose,N A test of the Bio-Electric Shield, 23rd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Durham, 3-5.9.99 abstract
Rose,N and Blackmore,S.J. Are false memories psi conducive? 23rd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Durham, 3-5.9.99
OBEs and sleep paralysis, 23rd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Durham, 3-5.9.99 abstract
Can the memes get off the leash? Conference: Do Memes Account for Culture? King’s College Research Centre, King’s College, Cambridge, 4-5.6.1999
The Meme Machine, Invited Speaker, University College, London, Postgraduate Psychology Conference, Cumberland Lodge, 2.6.99
Cultural Evolution, The Master’s Symposium, Balliol College, Oxford, 21.5.99
Memes R Us, Symposium, Edinburgh International Science Festival, 17.4.99
The Meme Machine, Goldsmith’s College, Research Seminar Weekend, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, 20.3.99
The Meme Machine South West Undergraduate Psychology Conference, invited lecture. 13.3.99
Research on the edge. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, Winter Workshop. University of the West of England, 16.1.99
Memes and the Future of our Minds at “Future prospects: Ideas for a culture of change”. Essen, Germany, November 1998.
Children’s experiences on the borders of sleep 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, York, September 1998
A comparison of sleep paralysis and dream reports. (Parker,J. and Blackmore,S.J.) 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, York, September 1998
Are reality-imagination confusions psi-conducive? (Rose,N.J. and Blackmore,S.J.) 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, York, September 1998
Can false memories be influenced by psi? (Blackmore,S.J., Rose,N.J. and Gray,K.) 22nd International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, York, September 1998
Reality and Imagination: A psi conducive confusion? (with Rose,N.) 40th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association. Brighton, August 1997
Experiences of Sleep Paralysis (Rose,N., Hogan,J. and Blackmore,S.) 40th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association. Brighton, August 1997
Waking from the Meme Dream The Psychology of Awakening: An International Conference on Buddhism, Science and Psychotherapy, Dartington, 9 November 1996. Published in The Psychology of Awakening: Buddhism, Science and Our Day-to-day Lives. Ed. G.Watson, S.Batchelor and G.Claxton; London, Rider, 112-122, 1999.
Also available in Italian and French at http://zenmontpellier.multimania.com/Meme.html
http://zenmontpellier.multimania.com/Memes.html and in Spanish at Zendodigital.
Panel Discussion with Guy Claxton, Stephen Batchelor, Thupten Jinpa and Francisco Varela. The Psychology of Awakening: An International Conference on Buddhism, Science and Psychotherapy, Dartington, 8 November 1996.
On the edge of reality British Association for the Advancement of Science, Annual Festival of Science, Birmingham, 11 September 1996
Back to Basics Contribution to a Symposium, 20th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Cirencester, 1 Sept 1996.
Experiences on the borderline between reality and imagination. 20th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Cirencester, 31 August 1996.
(with N.J.Rose) Two pilot surveys of unusual personal experiences 20th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Cirencester, 31 August 1996.
Why psi tells us nothing about consciousness Toward a Science of Consciousness 1996 (Tucson II.) Tucson, Az. April 8-13, 1996
An ESP test with Chris Robinson. 19th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Bournemouth, September 15-17 1995
Misinterpretation of chance events and belief in the paranormal. 19th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Bournemouth, September 15-17 1995 (with Ailsa Hampton)
Yes, but let’s be truly radical. Contribution to Invitational Symposium on Science and Consciousness. St John’s College, Cambridge, August 23-4, 1995
Near Death Experiences Australian Skeptics National Public Convention, Melbourne, Australia, June 12, 1995
Adventures of a Parapsychologist Australian Skeptics National Public Convention, Melbourne, Australia, June 10, 1995
All in the Dying Brain? Fortean Unconvention, London 22-3 April 1995.
Are Abductions all in the Mind? Society for Psychical Research Study Day 28, London, April 22, 1995.
The revelation of no-self In Symposium Selfless Minds: The Buddhist influence on cognitive science. British Psychological Society, London Conference, 20 December 1994.
Heresy near death. Sharpham Colloquium on Degrees of Heresy, Sharpham House, Devon, 9-11 December, 1994.
Experiences in Anoxia. Reflex Anoxic Seizures Support Group Conference, Birmingham, 30.10.94
Exploring Cognition during Out-of-body Experiences Parapsychological Association Annual Convention, Amsterdam, August 1994
Probability Misjudgement and Belief in the Paranormal: Is the theory all Wrong? Parapsychological Association Annual Convention, Amsterdam, August 1994
Near-Death Experiences In Panel How we fool ourselves, anomalies of perception and interpretation. 1994 CSICOP Conference. Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Seattle, Washington, June 24 1994.
Mysticism and Science: Changing my Mind Wayland Collegium Seminar on Practices of Transcendence, Experiencing the Transcendent, Brown University, Rhode Island, April 16 1994.
NDEs – A Glimpse of Heaven or the Dying Brain? 17th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Glasgow, September 1993.
Contribution to Symposium The Life and Work of Charles Honorton. 17th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Glasgow, September 1993.
The Paranormal and Near-Death Experiences. 5th European Skeptics’ Conference, British Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Science Festival, Keele, August 1993.
Close Encounters with Death. BUFORA, Seventh International UFO Congress. University of Bristol, July 24-5 1993.
The Skeptics and the Parapsychologists, 1993. GWUP Conference, Wuppertal, Germany, May 7-9 1993.
Near-Death Experiences. Edinburgh Science Festival, April 1993
Psychic Illusions: How we attribute paranormal causes to extraordinary experiences. Edinburgh Science Festival, April 1993 (Also panel discussion on parapsychology)
A PhD in Parapsychology: Negative Results and Unanswered Questions. Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, 1992 Workshop, Cardiff, November 1992.
Skeptics versus Parapsychologists: The Italian Connection Euro-Parapsychological Association Conference, Paris, October 1992.
Gender Issues in Science and Pseudoscience: Contribution to Panel. CSICOP Conference, Dallas, Texas, October 1992.
A Comparative Study of Near-Death and Non-Near-Death OBEs (with D.Timm) 16th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Manchester College, Oxford, September 1992
Are Women more Sheepish?: Gender Differences in Belief in the Paranormal 39th Annual International Conference of the Parapsychology Foundation, Dublin, September 1991 (Invited Speaker)
Psychic Experiences as Illusions of Causality Blackmore,S.J., Galaud,K. and Walker,C. 34th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Heidelberg, Germany, August 1991.
It must be Psychic: The Psychology of the Paranormal (Invited Address after fund-raising luncheon) CSICOP 15th Anniversary Conference, Berkeley, Ca. May 1991
Alternative Explanations for Psychic Phenomena. Mensa Conference, Malvern, April 1991
Out-of-the-body and Near-Death Experiences and Meditation: Claims and Counter ClaimsAssociation of Teachers of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Spring Study Course. Abergavenny, Wales. April 1991
1990 and earlier
Near-Death Experiences: In or out of the body? Skepsis Conference, Amersfoort, The Netherlands, November 1990
The self and reincarnation Buddhism and Cognitive Science; A Sharpham Colloquium, Sharpham, Devon, October 1990
Near-Death Experiences European Skeptic’s Conference, Brussels, August 1990
Dream Control: Development or Danger? British Association of Behavioural Psychotherapists, Manchester, July 1990 (Invited Speaker)
No-self in Buddhism and psychology “Being and Becoming” Colloquium, Sharpham, Devon. April 1990
Parapsychology at the BAAS Second Euro-PA Conference, Vught, The Netherlands, November 10-12th 1989
Are there any well-attested paranormal phenomena?: The evidence from out-of-the-body experiences. Skepsis Conference, University of Helsinki, Finland, October 13-15th 1989
The Scientific Status of Parapsychology (Debate with D.Radin) British Association for the Advancement of Science, Sheffield September 1989 (Invited Speaker)
Mental Models in Sleep: Why do we feel more Conscious in a Lucid Dream? 6th International Conference of the Association for the Study of Dreams, London University, July 1989 (Invited Speaker)
Out of the Dying Brain On the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience, Flora, Norway, June 1989 (Invited Speaker)
Dissolving Consciousness; Dissolving Self On the Meaning of the Near-Death Experience, Flora, Norway, June 1989 (Invited Speaker)
Understanding One-ness, Understanding Psi Euro-PA 1988, Vught, The Netherlands, October 1988
What do we Think about Parapsychology?: A survey of Parapsychologists and Sceptics 12th International Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, King Alfred’s College, Winchester, September 1988
The Psychophysics of Death 11th European Conference on Visual Perception, Bristol, September 1988
OBEs and Lucid Dreams: Theory and Experiments First European Symposium on Lucid Dream Research, Frankfurt, West Germany, October 1987 (Invited Speaker)
Where do we go from here? (Contribution to Symposium) Society for Psychical Research 11th International Conference, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, September 1987
The Aspirations of Psychical Research 30th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Edinburgh, August 1987
Mental Models and Mystical Experience Eastern Approaches to Mind and Self, BPS Welsh Branch, Cardiff, July 1986
The Elusive Open Mind: Ten Years of Negative Results in Parapsychology 10th Anniversary Conference of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, Boulder, Colorado, April 1986 (Invited Speaker)
(with R.Wooffitt) Young Children and Out-of-the-body Experiences Society for Psychical Research 9th International Conference, London, September 1985
Where am I?: Viewpoints in Memory and the OBE 28th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Tuft’s University, Boston. August 1985
What it’s Like to be a Mental Model (contribution to Roundtable, Psi and Consciousness) 28th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Tuft’s University, Boston. August 1985
Viewpoints in Imagery, Memory and the Near-Death Experience 2nd International Imagery Conference, University College, Swansea, April 1985
Some Speculations on the Nature of Consciousness British Psychological Society Annual Conference, University College, Swansea, March 1985
The Status of Parapsychology as a Scientific Discipline (Contribution to Roundtable) Society for Psychical Research 8th International Conference, St Edmund Hall, Oxford, September 1984
(with T.S.Troscianko) A Baby Operated Tape Player British Psychological Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 1984
Accounting for Out-of-body Experiences British Psychological Society Annual Conference, University of Warwick, April 1984
Unrepeatability: Parapsychology’s Only Finding? Parapsychology Foundation 32nd International Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 1983 (Invited Speaker)
A Survey of OBEs and Other Experiences Society for Psychical Research 7th International Conference, The City University, London, September 1983
A Postal Survey of OBEs and Other Experiences 26th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Madison, New Jersey, August 1983
Birth and the OBE: An unhelpful Analogy 26th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Madison, New Jersey, August 1983
Are Out-of-the-body Experiences Evidence for Survival? University of Wales, Staff Colloquium, Lampeter, March 1983 (Invited Speaker)
Parapsychology – With or Without the OBE? Parapsychology Foundation 31st International Conference, Hilton Hotel, London, August 1982 (Invited Speaker)
Imagery and the OBE 25th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and Centenary Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Trinity College, Cambridge, August 1982
Prospects for a Psi-Inhibitory Experimenter 25th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and Centenary Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Trinity College, Cambridge, August 1982
(with J.Harris) OBEs and Perceptual Distortions in Schizophrenic Patients and Students 25th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and Centenary Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Trinity College, Cambridge, August 1982
(with T.S.Troscianko) Sheep-Goat Effect and the Illusion of Control 25th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association and Centenary Conference of the Society for Psychical Research, Trinity College, Cambridge, August 1982
An Investigation of a Bristol Poltergeist 11th Parascience Conference, Birkbeck College, London, September 1981
A Psychological Approach to the OBE Society for Psychical Research 5th International Conference, University of Bristol, April 1981
The Tarot checked (with D.J.Bierman) Society for Psychical Research 5th International Conference, University of Bristol, April 1981
Is Proof of Survival Possible?: The Evidence from Out-of-the-body Experiences Survival Joint Research Committee Trust Conference, London, October 1980
The Tarot and Self Image (with D.J.Bierman) 9th Parascience Conference, Birkbeck College, London, September 1980
A Survey of OBEs 23rd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, University of Reykjavik, Iceland, August 1980
Reliability and other Ignored issues in Parapsychology (Chair of Roundtable) 23rd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, University of Reykjavik, Iceland, August 1980
No ESP in the Ganzfeld: Another Experimenter Effect? Society for Psychical Research 4th International Conference, Brighton, April 1980
A Problem for Memory Theories of ESP Society for Psychical Research 4th International Conference, Brighton, April 1980
Does Anything Leave the Body in an Out-of-the-body Experience? 8th International Parascience Conference, University College, London, September 1979
A Study of Memory and GESP in Young Children 22nd, Moraga, California, August 1979
An Investigation into the Tarot 22nd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association, Moraga, California, August 1979
A Study of Memory and ESP in Young Children Society for Psychical Research 3rd International Conference, University of Edinburgh, April 1979
The experimenter as subject. In Symposium: Knowledge for whom? British Psychological Society, Social Psychology Section, September 1978
Alternatives to ESP: Some problems in the investigation of ESP Undergraduate/postgraduate conference, Surrey University, March 1978
Experimental discrimination between perceptual and memory models for ESP Society for Psychical Research 2nd International Conference, Trinity College, Cambridge March 1978
ESP: Perception or memory? Society for Psychical Research 1st International Conference, The City University, London, April 1977
Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, Monday 29th October 2018. My lecture: Genes, Memes and Tremes. The Future of Artificial Intelligence,Grotius building, Radboud University. Organised by Radboud Reflects and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Watch Video
Theater de Veste, Delft, Netherlands, 28 October 2018. My talk on Genes, Memes and Tremes: Watch the whole talk here. 28 October 2018
Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week, October 2018. My lecture on Sunday 28th October at Klokgebouw, was a “Mind the story” talk, part of the Mind the Step Exhibition, more information available here
Brainwash Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20-27 October 2018. I gave a lecture at the festival on Saturday 27th October. Writers, artists, philosophers, theater makers and scientists were offering ideas about a better future, in a relaxed atmosphere. Brainwash Festival 2018.
Social Skeptics, Canberra – 15 October 2018. My lecture was on Memes and Tremes: From biology to the future of Artificial Intelligence. More details here
Weekend University, London. Sunday 30 September 2018. I gave a lecture on Science and Spirituality: Out-of-body experiences. Watch the whole lecture on YouTube
Ways with Words, Dartington, Devon. Sat 14 July 2018. I talked about Consciousness. More info here
Penzance Literary Festival, Cornwall – Weds 4 July 2018. I gave a talk about Consciousness – more info here
HowTheLightGetsIn 2018 – 26/27 May 2018, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire. I gave an academy talk on Neuroscience and Out-of-body experiences. More info here
New Scientist Instant Expert – I was one of six experts talking about Consciousness at this Masterclass event in London. 24 March 2018.
Seeing Myself: the new science of out-of-body experiences. Torquay Museum – Saturday 18 November 2017
Seeing Myself: the new science of out-of-body experiences. Looe Literary Festival – Tuesday 3 October 2017
Memes and Temes, and especially on how they can help us interpret some of the most general trends of our contemporary societies and on the impact of technology upon our brains and our identity. Altius Society at Oxford, IV Annual Conference, 30 September 2017 at the Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union.
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.
Rethinking Memetics. A lecture at the University Library. University of Warsaw, 21 September 2017. Read more on their Facebook page
Seeing Myself: the new science of out-of-body experiences. Penzance Literary Festival. Thursday 6th July 2017.
Two lectures at SAND (Science and Nonduality, Italy 2016) One on Free Will (read abstract) and the other on OBE’s you can watch this lecture on Youtube Out-of-body experiences and nonduality: SAND Italy, August 2016.
The Illusions of Consciousness, for Exeter Speakezee. 25 May 2016. Abstract
The new science of out-of-body experiences, CogNovo, University of Plymouth, 7th December 2015. Watch on vimeo
The new science of out-of-body experiences, Totnes Consciousness Café, 26th November 2015. Abstract.
The New Science of Out-of-body experiences Armadacon Plymouth 2015 Sunday 15 November 2015.
The New Science of Out-of-body experiences. MetaFizz, University College, Dublin. 13 October 2015. Abstract.
The new science of out-of-body experiences. Psychology in the pub, Plymouth, September 17th 2015. Full details here.
May I offend you? The clash of science, religion and free speech. Devonport, Plymouth, UK. 4 March 2015. Read abstract.
Consciousness and Beyond, Philosophy Day, Tilburg University. 11 April 2014
‘Did I get here of my own free will?’ Science and Cocktails, Copenhagen, 19 March 2013 video
“Zen and the Art of Consciousness” Totnes Consciousness Cafe, 23.09.2010
I apologise for big gap here – will eventually fill it in!
“Darwin’s memes: Evolution in the cosmos”. Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 7.04.09 See blog at Hassners
“Genes, memes and temes: Is technology a parasite?” Institute of Cognition and Culture
Queen’s University, Belfast. 5.03.2009
Nature Debate, Evolution, London 9.02.2009
“What is it like to be a rat?” Oxford University Biology Society. 30.10.2008
“Realising non-duality: Are Zen and Science after the same thing?” Oxford University Buddhist Society, 31.10.2008
“Foundations of memetics: Replicator power and the origins of design” Intelligent Systems Seminar, University of Bristol, 9 October 2008
Why I became a sceptic. JREF An evening with James Randi, London 19.04.08
“Are you sure you’re conscious now?” Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 8.01.2008
“Consciousness”. Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, Bristol 20.11.07
“What is it like to be a rat? The problem of animal consciousness”, Vet School, University of Bristol, 26.06.07
“Why religions are so infectious”, Secular Society, Oxford, 10.05.07
“Memes, minds and creativity” and “The dark matter of consciousness”, Ruskin School, Oxford, 01.05.07
“The Power of Memes or How Infectious is the God Delusion?”, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 25-01-07
“The Power of Memes or How Infectious is the God Delusion?”, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, 26.01.07
“Dawkins’s Meme: On the origin of culture by means of natural selection”, Symposium on Memetics, Studium Generale of Utrecht University, 25.11.06 Abstract
“Beyond two cultures: The science of creativity”, Royal Academy of Music, London, 10.11.06
“Dawkins’s Meme: Why is there still no science of memetics?”, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, 02.10.06 Abstract
“Are you a meme machine? Consciousness and cultural evolution”, University of Hamburg, Germany 09.02.06
“The mystery of consciousness” , Neuro-Forum, at Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany, 08.02.06
“Darwin and humanity: Can we rid the mind of God?”, Oxford Union, 06.02.06 Abstract
“Giving up free will”, Sharpham College of Buddhist Studies, 15.11.05
“The evolution of meme machines”, Cambridge University Biology Society, 21.11.05
“The mystery of consciousness”, Centre for Life, Newcastle, 9.11.2005 Abstract
“The evolution of meme machines”, Liverpool John Moores University, 1.11.05
Cafe lecture on memes at Tate Liverpool, SciArt Cafe, 1.11.05
Lectures in Japan – Hokkaido (16.06), Nagoya (20.06), Kyoto (21.06), Tokyo (22.06), Chukyo (23.06), Expo symposium on memes Nagoya (24-25.06). Abstracts
“Is consciousness a grand illusion?”, Theatre of Science, Plymouth, 7.6.2005 Abstract
“Why is there no science of memetics?” Seminar, Division of Molecular Genetics, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Glasgow University. 29.4.05 Abstract
Brain Awareness Week, short lectures for kids at The Exploratory, Bristol. 11.3.2005
Are you sure you’re conscious now? Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co. 23.3.2005
The grand illusion of consciousness. Millennium Lecture, Dept Chemistry, University of Bath, 1.11.2004
Are you conscious now? Wells Science and Engineering Society, Wells, 27.10.04
Are you sure you’re conscious now? Cafe Scientifique, Sydney, 20.8.04. Broadcast on ABC Australia http://abc.net.au/rn/science/mind
Debate on Consciousness with David Chalmers and Paul Davies, Australian Science Festival, Canberra, 18.8.04 Broadcast on ABC Australia http://www.abc.net.au/classic/throsby/#listen
The evolution of meme machines. Exeter, Complexity Network, University of Exeter, 2 June 2004. Abstract
Consciousness – the grand illusion. Lectures for the British Council, University of Prague, 10 May 2004, and University of Brno 11 May 2004 Abstract
The mystery of consciousness. Cafés Scientifique, Prague, 10 May 2004 and Brno 11 May 2004 Abstract and photo
Why are we conscious? Oxford University, Department of Zoology Seminar, 2.2.2004 Abstract
The mystery of consciousness. Nottingham High School Philosophy Society, 3.2.2004
Is consciousness an illusion? Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, 24.2.2004
The evolution of meme machines. Lecture for Infotechpharma – IBC Life Sciences, London, 12 February 2003
Are we slaves of the memes? Open University Staff Day. 25.2.2003
Do we need a science of memetics? St Andrews University, Psychology Department Seminar. 28.2.2003
The creative meme. Department of Arts, Media and Design. University of Wales, Newport. 20.3.02
MemeArt. Event Works, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, 14 April 2002
Memes, meditation and mindfulness. Sharpham College of Buddhist Studies, 28 May 2002
How memes made the web, Awayday – Intelligence, Agents, Multimedia Group, University of Southampton, 24 June 2002
What does it mean to be human? Debate with Steven Jones, Maggie Gee and Kenan Malik, Cheltenham Festival of Literature, 11 October 2002
The evolution of meme machines. CERN, Science and Society Colloquia, Geneva, 24 October 2002
Memes and Minds Oxford University Scientific Society, 31.1.01
Memes, Genes and Minds St Mary Redcliffe Journey into Science, Bristol 3.2.01
Imitation, memes and human uniqueness. Seminar ‘Imitation: a neglected medium of lifelong learning’. Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neuroscience, London, 23.4.01
E-Learning: Will technology solve the educational problems of the 21st century? First Boxmind Debate, Royal Institution, London 11.10.01
Meme machines and the illusion of self. In lecture series “Mind and Society as Natural Phenomena?” Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt. 17.10.01
Memes and selves in the 21st century. Invited Keynote Address. Millenium Tage, Kassel, Germany 19.10.01
The creative meme. In lecture series “Strange and Charmed”, Royal College of Art, London 14.11.01
The grand illusion. Department of Psychology Seminar, University of Bristol, 15.11.01
How to build a meme machine. Department of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, 20.1.01
Do we need a theory of memes? Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour. Cambridge University, 8.2.2000
Who am I? Panel discussion on “Brain Research – The big questions” The Royal Institution, 13.3.2000
The Meme Machine, Café Scientifique, Nottingham, 20.3.2000
Is consciousness more than the interaction of memeplexes? Consciousness Club, UCL, London 18.5.2000
The Meme Machine, Hay Festival of Literature, Hay-on-Wye, 3.6.2000
Living science as a path of practice, Sharpham House, Devon, 6.6.2000
The Meme Machine School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes
Can memes be managed? Cranfield University School of Management, 13.6.00
Memes and Human Uniqueness. Pew McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Oxford, 23.10.00
Flesh not meat: Are we more than matter? Debate with Kenan Malik, chaired by Maggie Gee. Institute of Contemporary Arts, 5.12.00
Can the Human Brain Understand the Human Brain? A debate with Colin Blakemore, Maggie Bowden and Jonathan Miller. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 16.3.99
The Meme Machine, Waterstones, Manchester, 5.3.99
The Meme Machine, Blackwells, Oxford, 9.3.99
The Meme Machine, Waterstones, Bristol, 10.3.99
Memes, Minds, and Brains, Psychology Department, Seminar Series, UWE, 11.3.99
The Meme Machine, Café Scientifique, Leeds, 22.3.99
The Meme Machine, Skeptic’s Society, California Institute of Technology, 21.4.99
The Meme Machine, Powell’s Bookstore, Portland, Oregon, 25.4.99
The Meme Machine, Oregon Graduate Institute, Portland, Oregon, 26.4.99
The Meme Machine, Intel, Portland, Oregon, 27.4.99
Cultural Evolution (with Dan Dennett) “Evolution in Mind” Seminar, Harvard/MIT, 28.4.99
Meme and Minds, Iconoclasts lecture series, Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University,29.4.99
The Meme Machine, (with John McCrone) Waterstones, Cambridge, 5.5.99
The Meme Machine, Swindon Literary Festival, 7.5.99
Memes, Minds and Brains, Training Conference, Curriculum Change and Developments in Psychology, London, 25.5.99
Why humans are unique: the importance of imitation. Behavioural Ecology Seminar, Department of Biology, University of Bristol, 19.10.99
How homo got its brain: Selective imitation and memetic drive. Workshops in Ecology and Behaviour, Department of Biology, University of Bristol, 19.10.99
The Meme Machine, Cheltenham Festival of Literature, 24.10.99
Memes, Minds and the Media, Viper – International Festival for Film Video and New Media, Symposium: Cut and Copy. Lucerne, Switzerland, 30.10.99
Chair: Times-Dillons Forum, Steven Pinker and Steven Rose, Institute of Education 21.1.98
Meditation: A battle against the memes? Sharpham College, May 5th 1998.
Why I must give up psychical research. The Society for Psychical Research, 8.10.98
Are Memes a meaningless metaphor? Bristol University Philosophy Society, 20.1.97
The Science behind the X-Files The Exploratory, Bristol, 15.3.97
Are Memes a meaningless metaphor? Faculty of Applied Science, UWE. 9.6.97
Memes, Minds and Myths. Bristol University, Department of Psychology, Departmental Seminar. 4.11.97
Are our minds all memes? University of the West of England, Psychology Society, 6.11.97
The Adventures of a Parapsychologist. Student Educational Conferences, Westminster City Hall, London, 18.11.97
Reality and Imagination: Psychic experiences on the borderline of consciousness. Perrott-Warrick Public Lecture, Cambridge, 2.12.97
Memes and Minds. Bristol Grammar School, Sixth Form Lecture. 8.12.97
Memes, Minds and Selves Bristol University Philosophy Society, Guest Lecture of the Year, 29.4.96
Zen Science Sharpham House, Totnes, 1.10.96
Self and Consciousness Seminar, Sharpham College, Totnes, 2.10.96
The Paranormal, Bristol Grammar School, Sixth Form, 10.10.96
Memes, Minds and Selves Seminar in the series “About Biology”, London School of Economics, 28.11.96
Investigating the Paranormal. Department of Psychology, University of York, Colloquium. 10 May 1995
Near Death Experiences Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia, 16 June 1995
The Scientific Investigation of Paranormal Claims Curtin University, Perth, Australia. 19 June 1995
A Skeptic among the Psychics New South Wales Branch of the Australian Skeptics, Sydney, 23 June 1995
Public lecture (title?) University of Wellington, New Zealand, 27 June 1995
A Skeptic among the Mystics University of Christchurch, New Zealand, 28 June 1995
On the Edge Bradfield College, Reading, Berks. 30.9.95
Science and spirituality. Bristol Humanist Association, 16.10.95
Near-death Experiences Edinburgh University Psychology Department, Staff Colloquium, 9.11.95
PIE2 Day at Putney School, London. Keynote Lecture – The mystery of consciousness, followed by two workshops with students on Free Will and Who am I? 9 October 2017.
Memes. Toward a Science of Consciousness, Tucson, AZ, 7 April 2002 Memes workshops 2002
Weekend Retreat. Memes and meditation. Bristol Ch’an Group, 29-30.9.01 Abstract
Workshop An introduction to memetics: Memes, minds and the evolution of self. At ‘Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC 2001), Skövde, Sweden, 6.8.2001
Workshop on memes. Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness Conference, Durham, N.C. 27-30.5.2001