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The Biggest Questions: What is Consciousness? Dr. Susan Blackmore & Tony Sobrado

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The Biggest Questions: What is Consciousness? Dr. Susan Blackmore & Tony Sobrado

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Consciousness is humanity's most primary and fundamental experience yet it is also its most elusive. Just what is consciousness? This question has plagued History's greatest Philosophers and scientists. Subsequently this has produced the most polarised views that include dualism and the soul (that mind and brain are distinct) to the most reductive elements of naturalistic materialism where some even argue that what we experience as consciousness is merely an illusion that arises from modal brain states.

Dr. Susan Blackmore is a Visiting Professor at The University of Plymouth and a distinguished writer on Consciousness, the brain and Psychology. She is the author of Conversations on Consciousness and The Meme Machine. In this episode Blackmore addresses the possibility that Cartesian dualism may have beeen replaced by Cartesian materialism. As a consequence Blackmore believes that a new definition of the Mind is required. Blackmore also gives her perspective on Parapsychology and ESP, a field she once use to be heavily involved with, recalling experiences of biased tests and generally non-viable results.

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Consciousness and neuroscience, Sue Blackmore

Sue Blackmore reflects of the question of consciousness as viewed by the field of neuroscience. This video is an excerpt from SAND Anthology Vol. 5:



Dr. Susan Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. Her book, The Meme Machine (1999), has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011), and a textbook, Consciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed 2010).

Susan Blackmore: The Mystery of Consciousness

Лекция от форума за популярна наука Ratio (

Проф. Сюзън Блекмор е писател с дългогодишен опит в представянето и промотирането на науката. Нейната работа засяга различни теми, свързани с психологията, като мемите, съзнанието, свободната воля, медитацията. Автор е на повече от 60 академични статии, спомогнала е за написването на над 80 книги и е основен автор на 14.

По време на Ratio проф. Блекмор представи темата за човешкото съзнание. Нейните изследвания в тази сфера разглеждат съзнанието от различни гледни точки: от неврологията и психологията през квантовата теория до източната философия. Темата на презентацията й включва отговор на въпросите как от стандартни мозъчни процеси се пораждат субективни изживявания, какво представляват понятията за съзнателно и подсъзнателно, как възприемаме света около нас и дали имаме свободна воля.
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The Biggest Questions: What is Consciouness? Dr. Philip Goff & Tony Sobrado (introduction)

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Dr. Philip Goff is a Lecturer in Philosophy at The University Liverpool specialising in Philosophy of Mind.

Consciousness is humanity's most primary and fundamental experience yet it is also its most elusive. Just what is consciousness? This question has plagued History's greatest Philosophers and scientists. Subsequently this has produced the most polarised views that include dualism and the soul (that mind and brain are distinct) to the most reductive elements of naturalistic materialism where some even argue that what we experience as consciousness is merely an illusion that arises from modal brain states.

The Biggest Questions: What is Truth? Prof. Simon Blackburn & Tony Sobrado

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Simon Blackburn is a Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. He is widely regarded as one of the world's leading Philosophers, known for his work on Quasi Realism.


Truth is so integral to our understanding of reality, existence and knowledge that it would be impossible to survive without out. It is true that right now you are reading this and it is true that this morning you woke up. However in what sense is this true? Along with ontology, epistemology and general metaphysics Truth is a philosophical concept with stunning and pre-eminent history. Today we rely heavily on the empiricism and verification theories of Truth, known as the Correspondence Theory of Truth (truth must be allocated with regards to the statement and its object- for instance water is composed of H20) yet these are still enmeshed in larger philosophical claims of what constitutes Truth so it is not so much that A is verified by Process X so Process X and A are both true but more that because of the execution of Process A then X is true. Deflationist accounts attempt to situate truth is more concrete examples and move it outside higher abstract conceptions. Pragmatism argues that Truth is what works, Post-modernists and social constructionists' version of Truth argue that truth and the practices that accompany it are constructed and thus objective Truth is not even possible. Therefore one has to ask what is Truth, does it objectively exist and, perhaps more importantly, why does it matter?

Susan Blackmore - How is Personal Identity Maintained?

What makes one a person or a self? If he or she sees, hears, thinks and feels, is that a person or a self? How can separate perceptions bind together into a coherent mental unity of a single person or self?

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Susan Blackmore - How are Brains Conscious?

Brains are conscious. The heart is not. What does the brain do that the heart does not do? How does it come to be that brains generate inner subjective experience, the movies of our minds? Why do brains seem to be the only place where such mental magic occurs?

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The Biggest Questions: What Is Consciousness? Professor John Searle Interview (Introduction)

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Consciousness is humanity's most primary and fundamental experience yet it is also its most elusive. Just what is consciousness? This question has plagued History's greatest Philosophers and scientists. Subsequently this has produced the most polarised views that include dualism and the soul (that mind and brain are distinct) to the most reductive elements of naturalistic materialism where some even argue that what we experience as consciousness is merely an illusion that arises from modal brain states.

The Biggest Questions: What is Reality and Truth? Professor Lee Braver Interview (Introduction)

What is reality? How does it exist? Is it objective and external to the conceptions of human cognition or is it merely mediated by our rational senses? Can we ever get at reality or are we limited by our mental apparatus? How does naturalistic materialism relate to our understanding of reality and in what sense can it be correct? Can we ever get at reality and truth or is constructed by the practices, methodologies, linguistic and conceptual mechanisms of the human mind?

I talk to Lee braver, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hiram College in the united States and author of A Thing Of This World: A History of Continental Anti-Realism, to discuss the issues of realism and anti-realism in both continental and analytic philosophy; to see their differences and similarities and shed some light on the concepts of reality and truth.
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8. Susan Blackmore - Brain, Mind, and Consciousness - Skeptics Society 2005

This is from the 2005 Skeptics Conference where leading scientists discuss issues that strike at the very heart of the matter, our brains. Topics range from morality to evolution to consciousness to life after death. It's an absolutely amazing collection of lectures.

As with all of my videos thus far, I do not actually hold the copyright for this material. I am only uploading it here to give it the audience it deserves. If I should be asked to remove it, I will.

However, you should do yourself a favor, and do the entire skeptics community a favor and purchase this from the source:

Or at the very least, donate:

I hope you enjoy.

Is the self an unanswerable mystery? - Sue Blackmore

This is an excerpt from the interview with Sue Blackmore at the Science and Nonduality Conference 2013 featured in the 3DVD set Science and Nonduality Anthology Vol.4. For the full interview please visit:


Sue Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. The Meme Machine (1999) has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011), and a textbook Consciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed 2010).

Susan Blackmore - Serious illness and Daniel Dennett's "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" (9/23)

Born in 1951, Susan Blackmore is a British freelance writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Having graduated from St Hilda's College, Oxford with a degree in psychology and physiology, she went on to do postgraduate work in environmental psychology. In 1980, she gained a PhD in parapsychology. Her research on memes (which she wrote about in her popular book The Meme Machine) and evolutionary theory has contributed to the field of memetics. [Listener: Christopher Sykes]
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Sue Blackmore -- Mysteries of Seeing



Sue Blackmore -- Mysteries of Seeing, talk at SAND13, Doorn, The Netherlands

We open our eyes and there is the world! And our natural response is to jump to the conclusion that seeing is easy. There seems to be a conscious 'me' inside my head who is looking out through my eyes at a world outside. The trouble is -- this impossibly dualist conception would entail a little homunculus inside who in turn has eyes and a brain to see with, and so on to an infinite regress. So we have to throw out that idea.

But there is worse to come. Even if we think we can get rid of the separate observer, we are still tempted to think that the brain must build a picture inside the head that corresponds to the vivid picture we see in front of us. Yet this too has to be false. Research reveals that when it comes to conscious vision, we cannot be seeing what we think we are seeing, and we must be deeply deluded about how our perception works.

With demonstrations and help from the audience I shall explore some of the ways in which we misunderstand our own minds. Multiple images show that we can see something that we have not even looked at. The phenomenon of change blindness shows that the richness of our visual world must be an illusion: we think we see a rich and vivid image of the world around us but our visual system never constructs anything like such a picture, and never pulls together all the things we believe we can see all at once. Demonstrations of inattentional blindness show that we can look right at something and not see it at all. Vision cannot be what it seems to be. So what is it and how does it fool us so?

Sue Blackmore is a psychologist and writer researching consciousness, memes, and
anomalous experiences, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. She blogs
for the Guardian, and often appears on radio and television. The Meme Machine (1999)
has been translated into 16 other languages; more recent books include Conversations
on Consciousness (2005), Zen and the Art of Consciousness (2011), and a textbook
Consciousness: An Introduction (2nd Ed 2010).

The Biggest Questions: Why Does Anything Exist At All? Professor Peter Forrest Interview

Perhaps the most profound question that precludes any other form of inquiry is Why Does Anything Exist At All? It is an extremely challenging demand for Philosophers and Scientists alike but is this even a legitimate question in the first place, can it be answered and if so how and what is the role and distinction between necessity and probability.

Peter Forrest is a Professor of Philosophy at The University of New England in Australia. He is the Author of Quantum Metaphysics and God without the Supernatural. This interview is from the forthcoming Podcast Series entitled The Biggest Questions.

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What Is Consciousness?

This video was created out of two separate interviews which took place at (The Odyssey Podcast)

The Question asked: What Is Consciousness??

The first speaker is Phillip Valentine HsD, ND, MpD --He is the founder the University of Kemetian Sciences.

The Second speaker is Dr. Richard Brown an Associate Professor for The City University of New York.

Which position resonates more with you??

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Susan Blackmore - Does ESP Reveal the Nonphysical?

Some claim their scientific study of ESP overturns the worldview of science. Should we take these startling pronouncements seriously?

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The Biggest Questions: What is Truth? Prof. Wolfgang Spohn & Tony Sobrado

Wolfgang Spohn is Professor of Philosophy at The Univeristy Konstanz in Germany. He is the noted Author of The Laws of belief which presents an argument for the systematic ranking of theories based on porbability for which he received the 2012 Lakatos Award -- the most prestigious academic award in Philosophy of Science awarded by The London School of Economics.

Truth is so integral to our understanding of reality, existence and knowledge that it would be impossible to survive without out. It is true that right now you are reading this and it is true that this morning you woke up. However in what sense is this true? Along with ontology, epistemology and general metaphysics Truth is a philosophical concept with stunning and pre-eminent history. Today we rely heavily on the empiricism and verification theories of Truth, known as the Correspondence Theory of Truth (truth must be allocated with regards to the statement and its object- for instance water is composed of H20) yet these are still enmeshed in larger philosophical claims of what constitutes Truth so it is not so much that A is verified by Process X so Process X and A are both true but more that because of the execution of Process A then X is true. Deflationist accounts attempt to situate truth is more concrete examples and move it outside higher abstract conceptions. Pragmatism argues that Truth is what works, Post-modernists and social constructionists' version of Truth argue that truth and the practices that accompany it are constructed and thus objective Truth is not even possible. Therefore one has to ask what is Truth, does it objectively exist and, perhaps more importantly, why does it matter?

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