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Research Topics


All my books and articles are listed at Publications
People often ask me what to read on a particular subject. Here are some suggestions.


Alien abductions

Blackmore,S.J. 1994 Alien abduction. New Scientist, 19 November, 29-31. (Cover Story)
Blackmore,S.J. 1998 Abduction by aliens or sleep paralysis? Skeptical Inquirer, 22, 23-28 or see SI version


Atheism and Religion

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Blackmore, S. 2005 Conversations on Consciousness, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Blackmore, S. 2005 A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Blackmore, S. 2003 Consciousness: An Introduction, London, Hodder & Stoughton and 2004 New York, Oxford University Press

Blackmore,S.J. (2002) What is consciousness? In H. Swain (Ed) Big Questions in Science, London, Jonathan Cape, 39-43

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)



The drug problem is one of the most serious issues facing our society today. The problem is prohibition and the solution is control and regulation - in other words full legalisation with appropriate controls. I am delighted to be a patron of Transform, the campaign for the legalisation of drugs, and admit to being an Outlaw.

Here are some of the things I have broadcast or written on drugs. 

Drugs talk at The Opium Den, August 2010

My ideal world In The World I Dream of. Ed. Curt Butz, Winchester, Hants, O-Books, 2010

Farewell Albert Hofmann - see my blog May 2008 or Radio Four programme April 2010

Smoke and mirrors, Guardian blog - Comment is Free, 20 July 2007

Don't Just Say No, Guardian blog - Comment is Free, 27 April 2007

Thought for the Day, Radio Bristol, 29 January 2007

Talking Point: An interview with Torsten Passie, New Scientist 15 April 2006, p 50

"Take a trip to ease your final journey" THES February 2006

"I take illegal drugs for inspiration" Saturday Telegraph, pp 17-18, 21 May 2005 
full text.

My experience with Salvia -  "First voyages with Salvia Divinorum". Entheogen Review, 14, 102-3, 2005

BBC Radio 4's "From this moment on - the first trip" a New Year's Day programme about the history of LSD. 1.1.05. I discussed my own experiences with LSD as well as some of the science behind its effects.

A window on the mind. New Scientist, 13 November 2004 p 36 
(a box inside "The Intoxication Instinct" by Helen Phillips and Graham Lawton)

BBC Radio 4 The Eureka years: 1938. Interview on LSD with Adam Hart-Davis. 30.10.04

Read more of my work on drugs


Free Will

Blackmore, S.J. (2007)  In The Myth of Free Will, Ed. Cris Evatt, Cafe Essays, Princeville, HI, Foreword (ix-xiv) and Living Happily and Morally (49-51)

Blackmore, S.J. (2005) It is possible to live happily and morally without believing in free will. In What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today's Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty. Ed. John Brockman, Free Press, 41-2
Reprinted in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Ed. D. Eggers Houghton Mifflin 2006 p 14-15.


Lucid Dreams

Blackmore,S.J. 1991 Lucid Dreams Skeptical Inquirer 15 362-370



Blackmore, S. 1999 The Meme Machine , Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press

There is a complete list of publications on memes at my memetics site


Near-Death Experiences

Blackmore,S.J. 1991 Near-Death Experiences: In or out of the body? Skeptical Inquirer 16 34-45

Near-death experiences on TV. Sceptic Magazine, 17(1) 2004, 8-10


Out-of-body Experiences

Blackmore,S.J. 1984b  A psychological theory of the OBE Journal of Parapsychology 48 201-218 PDF Also reprinted, with new postscript, in Psychological Scientific Perspectives on Out of Body and Near Death Experiences. Ed: Craig D. Murray. NY Nova, 2009

See my own 1970 experience posted at Charles Tart's TASTE site http://www.issc-taste.org/arc/dbo.cgi?set=expom&id=00075&ss=1


Paranormal belief

"Giving up ghosts and gods", In Voices of Disbelief, Ed. Russell Blackford and Udo Schuklenk

Blackmore,S.J. 1992 Psychic Experiences: Psychic Illusions Skeptical Inquirer 16 367-376

Blackmore,S.J. and Troscianko,T.S. 1985 Belief in the Paranormal: Probability judgements, illusory control and the "chance baseline shift" British Journal of Psychology 76 459-468



Blackmore, S. (2009) What have you changed your mind about? Today's leading minds rethink everything, Ed. John Brockman, Harper Perenniel  pp 18-20 my response to the Edge Question 2008

Blackmore, S. 1996 In Search of the Light: The Adventures of a Parapsychologist, Amherst, New York, Prometheus Books, ISBN1-57392-061-4. 

Blackmore, S. and Hart-Davis, A. 1995 Test Your Psychic Powers London, Thorsons

Blackmore,S.J. 1987 The elusive open mind: Ten years of negative research in parapsychology The Skeptical Inquirer 11 244-255



Zen and meditation

There is a complete list of my publications related to Zen, Buddhism and meditation at Zen


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