BiographySusan Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford University (1973) an MSc and a PhD in parapsychology from the University of Surrey (1980). She no longer works on the paranormal. Her research interests include memes, evolutionary theory, consciousness, and meditation. She practices Zen, campaigns for drug legalization and plays in her village samba band, Crooked Tempo.
Sue Blackmore writes for several magazines and newspapers, blogs for the Guardian newspaper and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television. She is author of over sixty academic articles, about eighty book contributions, and many book reviews.
Her latest books are Seeing Myself: The new science of out-of-body experiences (2017) and Consciousness: An Introduction (3rd Edition, 2018).
Her other books include 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), Conversations on Consciousness (2005), and Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011). Her work has been translated into more than 20 other languages.
She is a TED lecturer, a member of the Edge Community, and was chosen as one of the 100 Global Minds 2015.
She has two children and lives in south Devon with her husband Adam Hart-Davis.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Consciousness, Memes, Cultural Evolution, Free Will, Out-of-body experiences, Near-death experiences