Dr Susan Blackmore

Two new books published in 2017



I am a psychologist, lecturer and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth.

You can follow me on Facebook and you can find my work online through Academia.edu and on ResearchGate

You can find out more about me here: Who am I? or view my CV

You can see my forthcoming events and contact me here.

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View my Guardian articles and visit my blog on Psychology Today



The last Edge question 2018. My question: What kinds of minds could solve the mind-body problem?

Watch my lecture on ‘Positive scepticism: The new science of out-of-body experiences‘ at European Skeptics Conference, Sept 2017, Wroclaw, Poland

NEW BOOK – Consciousness: A very short introduction (VSI) 2nd Edition (published September 2017)

Podcast on OBEs with Mel Van Dusen. 8 August 2017

Podcast for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. The science of consciousness and Zen seem to have converged in my life – also about my new book on out-of-body experiences. 01.08.2017

NEW BOOK – Seeing Myself: The new science of out-of-body experiences is available from bookshops now

I recently did a book review of The Ancient Origins of Consciousness: How the Brain Created Experience by Todd E. Feinberg and Jon M. Mallatt. See online version and authors’ response.

Dan Dennett and I had a fun ‘Conversation’ about his new book at the Bristol Festival of Ideas on 22.02.17. Listen and see my Facebook page.

Edge question 2017. See my answer Replicator Power – and my original, rejected, answer on ‘Out-of-body experiences’

Edge Question 2016. The book “Know this” has just been published. Including my answer “That Dress”

Listen to interview from the QED Conference in Manchester, for Talk Nerdy, October 2016

14 July 2016 Listen to Intelligence Squared, London, panel discussion and celebration of Richard Dawkins 40th anniversary of The Selfish Gene.

Lecture on out-of-body experiences, CogNovo, University of Plymouth, 7 December 2015

Featured in 100 Global Minds: The Most Daring Cross-Disciplinary Thinkers in the World by Gianluigi Ricuperati, September 2015

After Charlie – see this open letter on academic freedom

Watch my lecture at the American Atheists National Convention (Memphis 2015)

100 walked out of my lecture – post and comments on Richard Dawkins Foundation website, and at Psychology Today. ‘I am offended, I won’t listen’

TED Talk

My TED talk (with subtitles available in 23 languages). Also on Memes and Tremes see “Dangerous Memes” and my feature article in the New Scientist: Evolution’s third replicator: Genes, memes, and now what?

5 Best Books

I was recently asked – What are ‘The five best books on consciousness’?What a question! I have so very many such books. It was a pleasure to be interviewed by Nigel Warburton and to work out why I chose the five books I did. We explored all sorts of ideas from William James likening a ‘self’ to the owner of a herd of cows, to Dan Dennett trying to demolish our illusions about the mind – and finally asking what it’s like to be an octopus. Can you imagine it?


Old things I still like

‘Close Encounters’, A BBC documentary about alien abductions that I presented back in 1994 – recently made available on YouTube.

BBC Radio 4 “A Place of Silence”, recorded in 1998. A half-hour documentary about the Maenllwyd retreat in rural Wales.

Castaway on Desert Island Discs BBC Radio 4, 3.5.98 and 8.5.98.

The British Humanist Association, BHA, asked for answers to ‘What’s it all for?’ This is mine.

Skeptic Trumps – See the full deck here.

I am listed in: 100 Global Minds: 2015 and 30 most influential psychologists (25).

My Books


My husband, Adam Hart Davis.

My daughter Emily Troscianko, Research Associate at University of Oxford.

My son Jolyon Troscianko, who drew the pictures for my books Consciousness, VSI, and ConCon.

Their father, the late Tom Troscianko.

You can read about Emily and her anorexia in the Mail, on ABC News, in her blog, and in mine at CiF.


I am drastically cutting the time I spend on emails. Find out why here. For any urgent work-related requests please see my contact page.

I am an Honorary Member of Population Matters
Patron of Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Patron of the British Humanist Association
Ally of Naturalism, Enthusiastic Bright
Distinguished Supporter of Atheism
Supporter of Pipedown
I am on the Advisory Board, Brain Preservation Society.

I am on Facebook this is my official page, there are other pages about me on Facebook but they are nothing to do with me.
I have left LinkedIn because of the large number of requests from people I do not know.
I am not on Twitter.

Green weddings. You can get married in our house!