The Self is an Illusion – You Do Not Exist : Exploring Phenospace, Sam Harris, Susan Blackmore, Thomas Metzinger and Shunyamurti talk about the illusion of a separate self or ego. 14 March 17
Dan Dennett and me in ‘Conversation’ about his new book at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. 22 February 17.
Old things I still like
I have done many interviews and television presenting, including a “Horizon” on alien abductions and ‘The cleverest ape in the world’ for Channel 4. I used to take part in programmes on ESP, ghosts, and reincarnation, but now prefer to do science programmes, especially those concerned with evolution, memetics, meditation, and consciousness – as well as the case for the legalization of recreational drugs.
Here is a selected list.
I do frequent interviews for local, national, and foreign radio programmes. In the past I have often talked about parapsychology, near-death experiences, alien abductions, and other unusual experiences, but I am now more interested in memes, evolution, and consciousness. I am happy to talk about science and religion or drug legalisation. Here is a selected list – many have links to “listen again”.
Desert Island Discs and more Music Choices
‘Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway’ on BBC Radio Scotland – we argue about life, the universe, and everything, and I choose some music. 13.02.2011
Castaway on Desert Island Discs BBC Radio 4, 3.5.98 and 8.5.98.
Access All Areas, Radio Bristol, 26.3.07. Guest on Me and My Music – the three songs I chose were Circle, by Edie Brickell, Dies Irae from Verdi’s Requiem, and A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harum
Recent Radio Interviews UK: (excluding local radio)
BBC Radio 4 – The Moral Maze: Religious orthodoxy versus liberal values – debate on infant circumcision and religious freedom, chaired by Michael Buerk. 24 February 2018. Listen on BBC iplayer. My segment Minutes 16-25.
Premier Christian Radio – Debate with Jordan Peterson, 3 February 2018 (available when podcast, probably May 2018).
Premier Christian Radio – Listen to the radio debate. Unbelievable? Debating science and spiritual practices – Rupert Sheldrake vs Susan Blackmore. 18 November 2017
BBC World Service – CrowdScience. Is there life after death? I talk mostly about my own OBE and why I don’t think there is evidence of life after death: my contribution is roughly from 11 minutes to 18 minutes. 23.10.17
Premier Christian Radio – Listen to the radio debate. Unbelievable? Debating out-of-body and near-death experiences: Susan Blackmore & Graham Nicholls. 9 September 2017
BBC Radio 2 Interview with Jeremy Vine about out-of-body experiences and my new book – Seeing myself. 19 July 2017
Premier Christian Radio – Listen to the radio debate. Unbelievable? Is human life intrinsically valuable? Peter Singer, Richard Weikart & Susan Blackmore. 7 May 2016
BBC Radio Four “A Good Read“. Adam and I talk about books we’ve enjoyed with Harriet Gilbert, 21 July 2015
BBC Radio 4 Short Cuts, Episode 1 Waking Life my OBE, 2014
Premier Christian Radio – Listen to the radio debate. Unbelievable? Graham Ward & Sue Blackmore on the biology of belief – Unbelievable? 6 September 2014
BBC Radio 2 Nope to the Pope on the Jeremy Vine Show 16 September 2010 (no longer available on iplayer)
Premier Christian Radio – Listen to the radio debate. Unbelievable? Wired for God? The Biology of Spiritual Experience. 17 Jul 2010
BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief 17 August 2009. Discussion on God and Neuroscience
BBC Radio 4, 9 a.m. Start the Week, discussion on memes and the value of experience, with Andrew Marr, 27.10.08
BBC Radio 4 “What’s the point of the archbishop?” Listen again. 04.03.08
BBC Radio 4. Beyond Belief. Debate on free will. 04.08.08
BBC Radio Five Live Discussion on the Pope. 17.04.08
BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine show. Discussion on the Pope. 17.04.08
BBC Radio 4 “What’s the point of the archbishop?” Listen again. 4 March 2008
BBC Radio 4 Discussion on meditation, on “Beyond Belief” 7.01.2008
BBC Radio 4 “Jon Ronson on… waking up from a dream” (in my case changing my mind about the paranormal) 05.06.2007, 23.00.
BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine show, the expressions of faith, 16.10.06
BBC Radio 4, Sunday, discussion on religious experiences, 3.9.2006
BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine show, the (non) effects of prayer, 03.08.06
BBC Radio 3 “Belief“. A half-hour interview with Joan Bakewell, 10.04.06
BBC Radio 4 “Analysis” on humanism. 16.03.06.
BBC Radio 4 “Today”, discussion on whether there is a philosophical equivalent to Darwin’s natural selection for species, 13.02.06.
BBC Radio 4 PM, discussion on the drug Ketamine, 14.7.05.
BBC Radio Wales, discussion on drugs, 10.6.05
BBC Radio 2, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show, discussion on drugs, 25.5.05
BBC Radio 5 Live, discussion on coincidences, 27.04.05
BBC Radio 4, “Sunday” discussion on the brain and religious experience, for Easter, with John Bowker, 27.3.05. Listen
BBC Radio 4, “From this moment on – the first trip”. Interview on LSD, 1.1.05
BBC Radio 4, “The Eureka years: 1938”, interview on LSD with Adam Hart-Davis, 30.10.04
BBC Radio 5 Live, interview on drug use, 1.8.04
BBC Radio 4, “Beyond Belief”, discussion on religion without God, 23.2.04
BBC Radio 4, “Feedback” discussion on “sex” and “gender”, 13.02.04
BBC Radio 4, “Inspiration” Science Quiz, with Adam Hart-Davis and Louis Wolpert, 10.12.03 and 7.1.04
Radio 4, “You and yours” – why I support legalization of drugs, 14.10.03
BBC Radio 4, “Beyond Belief”, discussion on happiness, 4.8.03
BBC Radio 4, “Off the page”, scripted piece on memes, with discussion, 6.8.00
BBC Radio 4, “Today” interview with Geoffrey Miller on evolution, 1.5.00
BBC Radio 4, “Off the page”, scripted piece on memes, and discussion on the Internet, 6.8.00
BBC Radio 4, “Today” interview with Geoffrey Miller on evolution, 1.5.00
BBC Radio 4, “Today” interview on the future of technology, 5.11.99
Radio Scotland, “Being Human; 4. The end of evolution”, 18.8.99
Radio Scotland, “Being Human; 2. Obsessions and dreams”, 4.8.99
BBC Radio Scotland, The Usual Suspects, interview on memes, 15.4.99
BBC Radio 4, Q and A, science and the soul, 18.3.99
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, memes, 3.3.99
BBC Scotland, Colin Bell Show, interview on memes, 3.2.99
BBC Radio 4, Frontiers, interview on blindsight, 20.1.99
BBC Radio 4 I presented the radio programme What’s in a meme? with Rickrolling, Old Spice Man and ceiling cats. 22 March 201
Read more about Internet memes
Read more on my blog at CiF or listen at The Pod Delusion
BBC Radio 4″In the Footsteps of Giants” I talked about Albert Hofmann and LSD, 19 April 2010
BBC Radio Devon Pause for Thought, November 2008 (happiness) and April 2009 (Darwin), read scripts
BBC Radio 4 Iconoclasts, I present my views on using – not abusing – drugs especially hallucinogens. 29.10.08
BBC Radio 3 “This Meaningless Life” Series of three interviews with scientists about their beliefs, 7, 8 and 9.12.00
1. Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Vatican astronomer. Transcript Meaningless Life 1
BBC Radio 4 “All in the Mind”, 7 and 12.10.97
BBC Radio 4 “Action/Reaction” Chair of panel for 5 science programmes. 17.9.97 – 19.10.97
3 series of 8 features on BBC Radio 4, “All in the Mind”, May-June 1989; Jan-Mar 1990; Mar-May 1991
Interview on Radio West (KUER). Am I conscious now? What is consciousness? December 2015
The Forum, BBC World Service, panel discussion on Invisibility July 2014
Radio New Zealand, Saturday Morning with Kim Hill, 22.07.2006.
Newstalk, Dublin, Ireland, discussion on drugs, 9.6.2005
ABC Australia, debate on consciousness with Dave Chalmers and Paul Davies, in Sydney 28.8.04http://abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2004/1183559.htm and 4.9.04 http://abc.net.au/rn/allinthemind/stories/2004/1184056.htm
Classic Fm Australia, interview and choice of music with Margaret Throsby, 20.8.04. Details of my choice of music can be found at http://www.abc.net.au/classic/daily/stories/s1151250.htm
Radio Netherlands, Vox Humana, interview on memes for documentary “Seducing the mind”, 9.3.2004
Radio New Zealand, interview on the Internet, 30.10.01
Sveriges Radio P1, monologue on memes (recorded Tucson, April 2002)
Johannesburg, South Africa, “Believe it or not” discussion and phone-in on The Meme Machine, 4.6.00
Johannesburg, South Africa, “Patricia’s People”, interview on The Meme Machine, 10.3.00
ABC (Australia), ‘Late Night Live’ interview on The Meme Machine, 27.10.99
Radio New Zealand, Sunday Edition, interview on The Meme Machine, 20.6.99
Radio 3, Belgium, interview on The Meme Machine, 6.99
ABC (Australia), The Science Show, interview on memes, (recorded 25.5.99)
National Public Radio, USA, Talk of the Nation, discussion and phone in with Robert Wright, on The Meme Machine, 20.5.99
BBC World Service, interview on sleep paralysis, 19.4.99
Science Talk, Pasadena, discussion and phone-in on memes, 21.4.99
Radio PR Perth, Australia, discussion on memes, 25.3.99