Susan Blackmore
#3150 Overall Influence

Susan Blackmore

British writer and academic


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Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and researcher and currently Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She works on a wide variety of subjects, including memetics, consciousness, and the scientific treatment of issues in parapsychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Physiology from the University of Oxford. She received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey in 1974.

Blackmore’s book The Meme Machine brought her into the public eye. She holds the view that “memes,” or cultural messages that spread from generation to generation, help explain the evolution and character of culture. The research area is known as memetics, and is based on an analogy with Darwinian evolution, but applied to the spread of cultural information. Blackmore initially held strong views of traditional cultural ideas like religion as acting in essence like a virus—spreading from person to person by missionary work rather than having any reality or benefit (and, like a virus, may even be harmful information). She later wrote in the UK’s Guardian that she no longer takes this position. Interestingly, Blackmore was once sympathetic to paranormal phenomena like out of body experiences, but has since adopted a skeptical position with regard to out of body experiences and indeed all paranormal or parapsychological claims. She is an “illusionist” with regard to the problem of consciousness (conscious experience), which she sees as a kind of trick the physical brain plays, convincing us of the reality of a conscious mind “inside.”

Blackmore is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), and was awarded the CSICOP Distinguished Skeptic Award in 1991. Blackmore’s 2004 book, Consciousness: An Introduction covers the main theories of consciousness and is used as a textbook for students.

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Susan Jane Blackmore is a British writer, lecturer, sceptic, broadcaster, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. Her fields of research include memetics, parapsychology, consciousness, and she is best known for her book The Meme Machine. She has written or contributed to over 40 books and 60 scholarly articles and is a contributor to The Guardian newspaper.

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University of Surrey

Public research university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey

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