Susan J. Blackmore
Reader in Psychology University of the West of England, Bristol
Keynote Speech: The Meme's Eye Web
Susan Blackmore is Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she teaches the psychology of consciousness. She has a degree in psychology and physiology from Oxford, an Msc from Surrey University, and gained one of the first PhDs in parapsychology in the country. Her research interests include altered states of consciousness, the effects of meditation, evolutionary psychology and the theory of memetics. She has been awarded prizes by both the Society for Psychical Research and CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal). She is author of more than fifty scientific articles. Her books include Beyond the Body (1982), Dying to Live: Science and the near-death experience (1993), and an autobiography In Search of the Light (1996). Her controversial bestseller The Meme Machine, (Oxford University Press,1999) has been translated into nine other languages. She has been training in Zen for many years. She writes for several magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent contributor and presenter on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad.