Media & Podcasts

Videos & Podcasts

  • Is there life after death? BBC World Service – CrowdScience.   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
  • Debate on OBEs and NDEs with Graham Nicholls for Premier Christian Radio on Justin Brierley’s show ‘Unbelievable’, 09.09.2017
  • Watch my lecture on ‘Positive scepticism: The new science of out-of-body experiences‘ at European Skeptics Conference, Sept 2017, Wroclaw, Poland
  • TheESP – The European Skeptics’ Podcast, interview about my lecture at the forthcoming conference in Poland, 27.08.2017
  • Four interviews with Mel van Dusen, 08.08.2017
  • A podcast for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Consciousness, science, Zen and more. 01.08.2017
  • 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. 14.03.17

  • Dan Dennett and me in ‘Conversation’ about his new book at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. 22.02.17.

  • Dan Schneider Interview on near-death experiences. Paired with another interview with NDE researcher PMH Atwater.
  • A new form of evolution (tremes), interview in The Perfect Human Being series, July 2016
  • Susan Blackmore talks to Cara Santa Maria at the QED Conference in Manchester, for Talk Nerdy, October 2016 (Episode 135) Listen
  • Short clip on Personal Identity from ‘Closer to Truth’ 16.9.2016
  • Consciousness in treme machines. For CogNovo’s summer school “ColLaboratoire” (University of Plymouth), inspired by the students’ question ‘Could the Internet be conscious?’ 19.08.2016 watch on Vimeo
  • Panel discussion, Richard Dawkins: The Rational Revolutionary, from Intelligence Squared, London 14 July 2016 Podcast
  • ‘The new science of out-of-body experiences’ Lecture for CogNovo, University of Plymouth, 7 December 2015 watch on Vimeo
  • Interview on Radio West (KUER) from Salt Lake City.  What is consciousness? 10 December 2015
  • Swedish TV station (Axess TV). In summer 2015 I grilled some of the world’s experts about the great mysteries of consciousness
    David Chalmers
    Patricia Churchland
    Andy Clark
    Michael Gazzaniga
    Thomas Metzinger
  • Interview with me on Consciousness Central, at Towards a Science of Consciousness, Helsinki, June 2015. I am interviewed about the talk I gave on “Out-of-body experiences and what they tell us about ourselves”.
  • May I offend you? The clash of Science, Religion and Free Speech. My lecture at the American Atheists National Convention, Memphis April 2015. Watch on YouTube.
  • The Perfect Human Being (De Volmaakte Mens) was broadcast on Dutch public television. This episode – Human versus Machine – revolves around the conversations between myself and Nick Bostrom with our host Bas Heijne. 2015 (the clip involving us starts at around 16.40)
  • Listen to “The viral mind of Susan Blackmore” interviewed on Litopia after Dark, 27 March 2015
  • Mind Byte – just one minute on free will 2014
  • Michael Persinger and the God Helmet  – interview with Susan Blackmore (published 2014). Watch on YouTube
  • The Humanist Hour #122 A discussion on the psychology of the paranormal with Dr. Susan Blackmore 29 October 2014 (starts at minute 10.)
  • Cologne Conference Futures, 6 October 2014. Listen to my talk on ‘Memes, tremes and the future of consciousness’.
  • The Forum, BBC World Service, panel discussion on Invisibility July 2014
  • Free will – can we live without the illusion? Lecture to Freethought Arizona 27 April 2014
  • MOOC interviews – for Think101 extraordinary claims.
    Interview 1 –  my own OBE, ESP and OBE experiments, Tarot
    Interview 2 –  psychics, NDEs, scientific thinking. 2014.
  • Lecture at TAM – The Amazing Meeting. July 2013. Watch ‘Fighting the Fakers – and Failing’
  • The biggest questions – audio discussion on consciousness with Tony Sobrado. October 2013
  • Lecture ‘Living without free will’; British Humanist Annual Conference Leeds, June 2013
  • Mysteries of Seeing, Conference on Science and Nonduality (SAND), Doorn, Netherlands, 31 May 2013. Video
  • The mystery of consciousness, lecture in Sofia, Bulgaria, April 2013
  • Viruses – from biology to memes; a discussion on the BBC World Service Forum.March 2013
    Plastic-eating bugs: 60 second idea to change the world
  • ‘Did I get here of my own free will?’ Science and Cocktails, Copenhagen, 19 March 2013 video
  • Interview on NPR ‘To the best of our knowledge’, talking about Zen and consciousness, 31 October 2012
  • Podcast interview on US Public Radio To the best of our knowledge about memes and temes. 29 July 2012
  • New Scientist blog on Unconscious consciousness, my contribution to the ASSCconference in July 2012
  • She won’t be me. Conference on Science and Nonduality SAND, Doorn, Netherlands, June 2012.  video
  • Debate with Deepak Chopra at Towards a Science of Consciousness, TSC Tucson April 2012. My lecture – panel discussion.
  • Point of Inquiry, CSI podcast on NDEs and consciousness 27 Feb 2012
  • Indian sceptic Nirmukta website, interview on parapsychology and changing my mind. January 2012
  • Interview on memes for the Polish magazine Polytka, text (in Polish), videocast January 2012
  • Secular Buddhist, podcast interview on scepticism, meditation and consciousness. 9 December 2011
  • Hay festival, 5.6.2011 the Philosophy festival HowTheLightGetsIn.
    Videos of “Genes, Memes and temes” and Drug debate.
  • Internet memes: interview at The Pod Delusion 18th March 2011. This interview was about the BBC Radio 4 programme “What’s in a meme?” which I presented on 22 March 2011.
  • Comments on YouTube on Alan Wallace’s “Universal Consciousness” for Dutch Buddhist Broadcasting Company.  22 Feb 2011
  • The BHA’s Resolution Revolution: see me asking Mitch Benn, Al Murray, Simon Singh and others about their resolutions.
  • Interview on near-death experiences with Skeptico (includes challenge by Alan Wallace – and see YouTube discussion above)
  • Drugs talk at The Opium Den, August 2010
  • Wired for God? I (the atheist) debate the origin of spiritual experiences with Charles Foster (the Christian) on Premier Christian Radio‘s “Unbelievable” 17 July 2010. Listen.
  • How do we study Consciousness? for the Consciousness Chronicles April 2010. video
  • A debate on Premier Christian Radio about the dreadful film “Expelled”. 20 March 2010 Podcast.
  • I had tea with Richard Wiseman. August 2009 podcast
  • Interview about Ten Zen Questions,  on Buddhist Geeks. May 2009
  • C-Realm podcast – Sue Blackmore talks to KMO about memes, drugs and Zen, 28 January 2009
  • Genes, memes and temes. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Monterey, CA, 28.02.08
  • BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, in Liverpool. Listen to “The Myth of Free Will“, broadcast on Radio 3, on 2.11.08
  • Free will and why I don’t believe in it. Podcast for G’Day World 22 May 2008
  • Is God a dangerous delusion? A debate with Alister McGrath at Bristol University, 13.11.2007
  • The Reasoning Show, discussion with David Quinn and Dan Rowden, on parapsychology, consciousness, OBEs and more. May 2007
  • Conversations on Consciousness – an interview about the book with The Guardian’s James Randerson
    and full length interviews (more than in the book) with Dan Dennett, VS Ramachandran and Francis Crick.  April 2007
  • Darwin Day Lecture “Darwin’s Meme: On the origin of culture by means of natural selection” , , University of Central Lancashire, 12.02.07 Abstract
  • Skeptico Interview on consciousness and the paranormal. 5 March 2007  audio
  • Point of Inquiry discussion with D.J. Grothe on science, belief and naturalism,     15 December 2006
  • The Sci Phi Show – Outcast #8, Interview on Memes, 21 August 2006
  • Video of my lecture at the Skeptics Society Conference 2005
  • The Future of Memetics audio of a lecture given at Pop!Tech 2005
  • WIE Unbound (What is Enlightenment), “Does consciousness exist?” an interview with Craig Hamilton about consciousness and spirituality. November 2004
  • Listen to BBC Radio 4 “A Place of Silence”, recorded in 1998. A half-hour documentary about the Maenllwyd retreat in rural Wales.

Old things I still like

  • The cleverest ape in the world, Channel 4 Documentary, first broadcast 03.09.2001 Watch on Youtube
  • ‘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.


I have done many interviews and some 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.

TV Presenter

  • The Cleverest Ape in the World, Channel 4, 03.09.01 (there are two parts to this video, make sure you watch Part 1 and Part 2 to see the whole programme)  Watch on Youtube
  • Horizon “Close Encounters”, BBC2, 28.11.94
  • Out of this World, BBC1, 7.10.94

Recent TV Interviews and Contributions


  • Is there life after death? BBC World Service – CrowdScience.   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
  • Did Darwin kill God? interview on memes. BBC1 31 March 2009
  • BBC1 The One Show BBC1 on near-death experiences. 27 Oct 2008
  • BBC 1 TV “The big questions” debate on drug policy.
  • Channel 4 “What makes us human” interview on memes, plus imitation games with children, 19.08.06
  • Discovery Channel, Nostradamus : The Truth, 17.05.06
  • CBBC, interview and phone-in on sleep and dreams, 26.10.04
  • BBC2, Weakest Link Winner – “Boffins Special” edition, 4.12.03
  • BBC2, The day I died, interview on NDEs, 1.03 (for my objections see NDEs on TV)
  • HTV, The trouble with home, interview on haunting, 9.8.02
  • Channel 4, Richard and Judy, discussion on drugs, 22.1.02
  • Channel 4, Everyman, interview on angels, 12.12.00
  • ITV “Life, death and suchlike” interview with Geoffrey Milland, 14.11.00
  • Channel 4, Ultimate Questions, panellist, 5.11.00
  • Channel 4, “Big Brother”, comment on sleep and dreams, 4.9.00
  • BBC, “Sins of the Flesh” interviews in 2 programmes, 10.9.00; 24.9.00
  • Channel 4, “Secrets of the Dead”, interview on hallucinogens, 7.8.00
  • Channel 5, Natural mystery, interview on Persinger, 6.00
  • Channel 4, Witness, astrology 18.6.00
  • BBC 1, Nick Ross Show, panel on the paranormal (rec. 2.11.99)
  • UK Today, Worldwide TV, interview on The Meme Machine.
  • Channel 5, Stranger than Fiction, interview on alien abduction, 12.7.99
  • BBC, Tomorrow’s World Plus, interview on memes, 13.4.99
  • BBC News 24, interview on memes, 16.3.99
  • HTV, “The Sunday Roast”, discussion on drug legalization, 17.1.99


  • In summer 2014 I gave a lecture on out-of-body experiences in Stockholm, and was asked to carry out a number of interviews for a Swedish TV station (Axess TV). I grilled some of the world’s experts about the great mysteries of consciousness –  (David Chalmers, Pat Churchland, Andy Clark, Michael Gazzaniga and Thomas Metzinger). The first of these interviews with Patricia Churchland is now available to watch online.
  • Discovery Channel “Genes, Memes and Tremes” in Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, May 2015
  • Closer to Truth Consciousness 2014
  • Closer to Truth, PBS. “Into God” trailer, and video on YouTube
  • Debate on Aljazeera‘s “Frost over the world”. Should religion be banned? 17.11.2006
  • Barbara Walters special on “Heaven”, interview on NDEs, ABC December 2005, repeated 6 July 2012 US viewers can watch
  • NOVA/WBGH contribution to 8-part series on Evolution, Sept 2001
  • Also contributions to: ABC 2020 (USA), ABC “Turning Point” (USA), Unsolved Mysteries (USA), various Nova (USA), Good Morning Australia, The Sci-Fi Channel, Newsnight New Zealand, WDR Fernsehen (Germany), VPRO The Netherlands, “OverLeven” Belgium.


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

Classic Fm Australia, with Margaret Throsby, 20.8.04. See my choice of music.

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).

BBC Radio 2 Interview with Jeremy Vine about out-of-body experiences and my new book – Seeing myself. 19 July 2017

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

Viruses – from biology to memes on the BBC World Service Forum.March 2013 and Plastic-eating bugs: 60 second idea to change the world from Susan Blackmore

BBC Radio 2 Nope to the Pope on the Jeremy Vine Show Thursday Sept 16th

Morality and meaning without God. Listen again toBBC Radio 4 “Beyond Belief” broadcast 16 August 2010, or download the podcast.

BBC Radio Scotland, “A Life in Limbo“, Emily Troscianko and I discuss her ten years of anorexia and how she finally recovered from it. 4.07.2010 There’s a transcript on Emily’s blog.

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 4, “A good read” – I chose Sam Harris “The end of faith”, 24.10.06

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


Radio Presenter

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 3 Free Thinking Festival, in Liverpool. Listen to “The Myth of Free Will“, broadcast on Radio 3, on 2.11.08

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, in Liverpool. Panel on “The value of experience“, broadcast  11.11.08.

BBC Radio 4 Iconoclasts,  I present my views on using – not abusing – drugs especially hallucinogens. 29.10.08

BBC Radio 3 Remember, Remember. The Sunday Feature. I explore the effect that modern technology is having on our memories. 21.9.2008 and see the article in the Radio Times.

Thought for the Day, Radio Bristol, 8, 15, 22, 29 January 2007, July 9, 16, 30. Read the Scripts.

BBC Radio 3 “This Meaningless Life” Series of three interviews with scientists about their beliefs, 7, 8 and 9.12.00

LISTEN BBC Radio 3 – speech and transcript

1. Interview with Brother Guy Consolmagno, Vatican astronomer. Transcript Meaningless Life 1

BBC Radio 4 “A Place of Silence“, 3.2.98 and 8.2.98. A half-hour documentary about the Maenllwyd, a retreat house in rural Wales.

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

Worldwide Radio:

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

Viruses – from biology to memes; a discussion on the BBC World Service Forum. March 2013 and Plastic-eating bugs: 60 second idea to change the world

The Sci Phi Show – Outcast #8, 21.08.06. Interview on Memes with Jason Rennie. Listen here.

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 28.8.04 and 4.9.04

Classic Fm Australia, interview and choice of music with Margaret Throsby, 20.8.04. Details of my choice of music can be found at

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

Multi-Media – CD-ROMs

  • Audio Book, Psychology for the Curious by Nicky Hayes (discussion)
  • Encarta, British version, entry for Parapsychology,1996 and 2004
  • The Unexplained, First Information Group (interview 23.1.96)
  • Eve, Real World Multi Media, November 1995
  • Of Monsters and Miracles, Interactive Designs Ltd., October 1995
  • Ghosts, Media Design interactive, July 1995