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Susan Blackmore

Writer, Lecturer, Psychologist, Skeptic; Visiting Professor, University of Plymouth

Susan Jane Blackmore is an English freelance writer, lecturer, and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal, perhaps best known for her book The Meme Machine.

In 1973, Susan Blackmore graduated from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, with a degree in psychology and physiology. She went on to do postgraduate study in environmental psychology at the University of Surrey, achieving an MS degree in 1974. In 1980, she got her PhD degree in parapsychology from the same university, her thesis being entitled “Extrasensory Perception as a Cognitive Process.”

She is a Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and in 1991 was awarded the CSICOP Distinguished Skeptic Award.

Blackmore has done research on memes (which she wrote about in her popular book The Meme Machine) and evolutionary theory. Her book Consciousness: An Introduction (2004), is a textbook that broadly covers the field of consciousness studies. She was on the editorial board for the Journal of Memetics (an electronic journal) from 1997 to 2001, and has been a consulting editor of the Skeptical Inquirer since 1998.


Topic Series


Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

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Conversations on Consciousness: What the Best Minds Think about the Brain, Free Will, and What It Means to Be Human

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The Meme Machine

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