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Susan Blackmore Ph.D.


Sue Blackmore, Ph.D., is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and Visiting Professor at the University of the Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen and campaigns for drug legalization. Sue Blackmore no longer works on the paranormal.

She writes for several magazines and newspapers, a blog for the Guardian newspaper and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over sixty academic articles, about fifty book contributions, many book reviews and a number of books.

Her books include:

Beyond the Body (1982),

Dying to Live (on near-death experiences, 1993)

In Search of the Light (autobiography, 1996)

Test Your Psychic Powers (with Adam Hart-Davis, 1997)

The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 13 other languages.

Her textbook Consciousness: An Introduction was first published in 2003 (Hodder UK, OUP New York), re-published as a 2nd Edition in 2010 and a 3rd Edition 2018.

A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness (OUP) 2005 and 2017

Conversations on Consciousness in 2005 (OUP Oxford).

Ten Zen Questions (OneWorld) in 2009. Re-published as Zen and the Art of Consciousness (OneWorld, Oxford) 2011.

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