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Susan Blackmore

Psychology Lecturer, Former Parapsychologist

Susan Blackmore is a freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England, Bristol. 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.

Susan Blackmore's Opinions

Imagine a world in which each of us has a special inner core - a ‘real self’ - that makes us who we are, that can think and move independently of our coarse physical body, and that ultimately survives death, giving meaning to our otherwise short and pointless lives. This is (roughly speaking) how most people think the world is. It is how I used to think -and even hope - that the world is. I devoted 25 years of my life to trying to find out whether it is. Now I have given up.
01 Jan 2001    Source

I cannot believe in anything like ... the idea that something of a person survives the death of their body and goes on to appear in some other human or animal body at a later time. I think this is rubbish both because it makes no scientific sense and because it conflicts with the most fundamental insight of the Buddha which is that the self is not a persistent entity that lives through a lifetime - let alone a persistent entity that can live through lots of lifetimes.
08 Jan 2010    Source

Mostly Disagree
The recent resurgence of funding for parapsychology means there are several new labs and many new researchers at work. If psi does exist then one day one of them will find a way to demonstrate it and a theory to explain it. If that happens I shall be back like a shot, but until then, happily, I have given up.
01 Jun 2001    Source

I spent twenty-five years of my life as a parapsychologist, hunting for, and never finding, such paranormal phenomena as telepathy, clairvoyance, ghosts and premonitions.
03 Feb 2009    Source

To me an open mind means you are prepared to change your mind if the evidence suggests you should. This sounds simple, but is not. It is a balancing act between having a mind so open that it changes every time the wind blows, and so closed that impossible standards of evidence are required to change it. It is a world away from the kind of ‘open mind’ that critics love to flaunt - the kind that really means “If you agree with me you have an open mind - if you agree with scientists you don’t”.
01 Jun 2001    Source

When it comes to moral leadership we are right to expect a great deal of our politicians and right to be disappointed. I want to live in a society where most people are honest, care about others, and work not solely for their own financial gain but at least partly for the common good. I'm not completely unrealistic. ...a complex modern society cannot function at all – let alone fairly – if the majority of people aren't basically honest. And for that we need leaders we can admire and emulate.
10 Jun 2009    Source

If consciousness has a function - if it does something - then natural selection could get to work on it. Conscious creatures would have a selective advantage, and so would pass on their genes for being conscious. ... If you believe in the philosopher’s zombie, then you believe it is possible that we might have evolved the way we have, doing everything the way we do, but without any corresponding consciousness. But this is magic.
01 Oct 2001    Source

Neuroscience is developing fast. Artificial intelligence and neural modelling are increasing our understanding of the brain. ... But is this all just working on the ‘easy problems’? Will the really ‘hard problem’ remain to haunt us for ever? I doubt it. I think that one day psychologists will look back and laugh at the silly muddle we got ourselves into. To them the way out will be obvious. The trouble is that right now, like everyone else in the field, I cannot see it.
01 Oct 2001    Source

...every year in the UK billions of pounds are controlled by criminals instead of by legitimate traders and the government. This black market funds global terrorism, as well as enabling the control of prostitution by pimps, sexual slavery, illegal munitions trade and other appalling crimes... We should take all recreational drugs under state control to be sold in shops, taxed, and controlled by legislation.
20 Mar 2003    Source

Comparisons with Other Experts and Influencers

The similarity between Susan Blackmore and each expert and influencer is calculated by looking at how the same questions were answered. These figures are used to calculate conforming, nonconforming, and projected opinions. The accuracy of the analysis depends on Susan Blackmore's coverage, which grows with the number of their opinions entered into TakeOnIt.

Daniel Dennett
Philosophy Professor
100% agreement / 4 opinions

Paul Z. Myers
Biology Professor
100% agreement / 2 opinions

Robert Todd Carroll
Philosophy Professor
87% agreement / 2 opinions

Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist, Writer, Atheism Activist
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Rush Limbaugh
Radio Host
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Thomas Jefferson
3rd United States President
100% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Agree
Austin Cline
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Ray Hyman
Psychology Professor
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Paul Kurtz
Philosophy Professor, Father of Secular Humanism
75% agreement / 1 opinions

Mostly Disagree
Diane Hennacy Powell
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Richard Shoup
Computer Scientist
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Todd Moody
Philosophy Professor
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Jennifer Senior
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Ingo Swann
Father of Remote Viewing
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Jessica Utts
Professor of Statistics
25% agreement / 1 opinions

Deepak Chopra
Inventor of Quantum Healing
8% agreement / 3 opinions

Liz Greene
Pioneer in Modern Astrology
0% agreement / 2 opinions

The Catholic Church
Largest Christian Church
0% agreement / 2 opinions

William Dembski
Intelligent Design Theorist
0% agreement / 2 opinions

George W. Bush
United States President 2001-2009
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Ann Coulter
Political Commentator
0% agreement / 1 opinions

Conforming Opinions

Susan Blackmore's conforming opinions are opinions that align with the group of experts and influencers Susan Blackmore typically agrees with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Agree Should psychoactive drugs be legal?
High Disagree Do we have an immaterial soul?
Low Agree Is truthfulness a characteristic of a politician who is good for the people?
Low Disagree Are people who reject theories as unscientific closed minded?
Low Disagree Do ghosts exist?
Low Disagree Is the unconscious philosophical zombie possible?
Low Agree Can reductionist methods help explain consciousness?

Nonconforming Opinions

Susan Blackmore's nonconforming opinions are opinions that contradict the group of experts and influencers Susan Blackmore typically agrees with.

Coverage Group Answer Expert Answer Question
Medium Disagree Mostly Disagree Are psychic powers real?

Projected Opinions

Susan Blackmore's projected opinions are opinions Susan Blackmore is expected to have if their opinions align with the experts and influencers that they typically agree with.

Coverage Answer Question
High Mostly Disagree Does God exist?
High Agree Should atheists directly challenge religious beliefs?
High Disagree Does astrology work (is personality correlated with the positions of celestial bodies at birth)?
High Agree Did complex life evolve through the process of natural selection?
High Mostly Agree Should abortion be legal?
High Agree Is free trade generally beneficial for a country?
High Mostly Disagree Is free will an illusion?
Medium Agree Is self-deception a fault?
Medium Mostly Agree Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?
Medium Mostly Agree Should marijuana be legal?
Medium Mostly Disagree Does minimum wage help the poor?
Medium Disagree Is truth relative?
Medium Mostly Disagree Does government spending help mitigate a recession?
Medium Disagree Is the war on drugs good policy?
Low Disagree Is the death penalty acceptable?
Low Disagree Should Intelligent Design be taught in science class?
Low Neutral Should the United States have Universal health care?
Low Agree Should religious institutions be separated from government?
Low Disagree Are gun control laws a serious breach of civil liberties?
Low Agree Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?
Low Disagree Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?
Low Disagree Is censorship acceptable?
Low Agree Should prostitution be legal?
Low Neutral Can the military presence in Afghanistan help create democracy?
Low Agree Should homosexual couples be able to adopt kids?
Low Neutral Is development aid to Africa effective?
Low Agree Should flag burning be legal?
Low Neutral Did the US Government play a part in the 9/11 attacks?
Low Agree Is capitalism good?
Low Mostly Disagree Are our enemies innately evil?
Low Disagree Is God just?
Low Agree Is morality objective?
Low Neutral Is "ought" derived from "is"?
Low Disagree Does drug prohibition reduce drug usage?
Low Neutral Does everything happen for a reason?
Low Disagree Are the core truths of science and religion complementary?
Low Disagree Does homeopathy work?
Low Disagree Have aliens from outer space visited Earth?
Low Neutral Is information-theoretic death the most real interpretation of death?
Low Neutral Is living forever or having a greatly extended lifespan desirable?
Low Mostly Disagree Is hypnosis real?