Conference Papers, Lectures, Workshops and Retreats





September 2nd – 10th 2023, Campomoro, Corsica

MESEC is a grassroots foundation run by PhD students and post-docs in consciousness science in different institutes in and around Europe. I attended their annual workshop giving a Keynote Talk followed by a discussion workshop.



Breaking Convention, Exeter, UK, 20-22 April 2023
In April 2023 I gave a lecture at Breaking Convention in Exeter, UK. This is a biennial multi-disciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness, featuring more than 200 presenters from around the world. I have not been to this conference since the first one in 2011. This year’s event coincides with the 80 year anniversary of the first recorded LSD “trip” by Albert Hofmann, April 19, 1943. and that day is now known as bicycle day.
I gave a talk about “Illusionism and the psychedelic experience” you can watch my lecture here:
The whole conference is available to watch on their YouTube Channel




The Science of Consciousness 2022, Tucson, Arizona, 18-22 April 2022  Tucson Conference Programme.

Paper presented by Alan Winfield at The Royal Society, London, 15/03/2022 – at the Scientific MeetingThe emergence of collective knowledge and cumulative culture in animals, humans and machines”




Sound, Consciousness, and Shamanism, September 2020.

In September 2020 I was due to give lectures at this Seminar in Florianópolis, Brazil. Sadly it was cancelled due to Corona Virus.

My lectures would have been:
• 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.


The Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson 2020.

Read about Tucson 2020, a virtual online event, due to Covid, this includes a link to a 5 minute video I made to launch the discussion about Psychedelics.



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. Transcripts from the Workshops. Results and Conclusions from Workshop View PDF  

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



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

Santander, July 2011



Religions as memes: Does memetics explain anything? Explaining Religion Conference, Bristol, September 2-3, 2010. Read Abstract



“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%



Brain, Mind & Consciousness, Skeptics Society Annual Conference 2005. Saturday, May 14, 2005

Hundreds of skeptics from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe met for a lively and memorable tour through inner space at the 2005 Annual Skeptics Society Conference, where leading scientists discussed issues that strike at the very heart of the matter, our brains. Watch my lecture here Exploring Altered States of Consciousness with Dr. Susan Blackmore.

You can also read about and watch the entire conference in the Skeptics DISTINGUISHED SCIENCE LECTURE SERIES ARCHIVES


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

From 2019 to 2023 I have taken an extended break from work due to chronic fatigue. I have done little travelling and only a couple of public lectures, but I have been taking part in a number of online interviews and podcasts from home. I am very gradually returning to work.

Forthcoming Events in 2023


Waterstones Events: Bristol, Wednesday 6 December 2023, 7pm

I will be in conversation with Andy Clark in Bristol. Book here 
The brain is not a passive receiver, but an ever-active predictor, says philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark, whose ground-breaking work on the predictive brain and its mechanics is synthesised in this new book. We will discuss this research and the explanatory power of the predictive brain for our lives, mental health and society.

Brighton Skeptics Tuesday, 14  Nov 2023 19:30 – 22:00 GMT

Brighton Skeptics in the Pub
This should be an interesting evening for anyone near Brighton, UK in November. I love Anil’s best-selling book ‘Being You’ and I think we’ll have a great discussion for the Brighton Skeptics.



Meanwhile you can listen to one of my most recent interviews / podcasts. There are many podcasts on my website on the media pages and also under the various headings of research topics.
Some recent podcasts/interviews/lectures:
  • Illusionism and The Psychedelic Experience. Watch my lecture from Breaking Convention, April 2023, Exeter.
  • TerreScience Podcast with host Rajnish Khanna Ph.D. In this podcast, which is almost an hour long, Rajnish and Susan discuss their thoughts on non-duality, our sense of self, her recent panel in Tucson including Deepak Chopra, and thoughts on life after death. It was recorded on a transatlantic link so as you will see the images of Sue are very out of sync with the voice, which is quite distracting. You may want to listen rather than watch. January 2023.
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