WHAT: The Big Questions in Science Lecture Series, co-hosted by the British Embassy and George Washington University feature world-renowned psychologist, writer and lecturer Susan Blackmore. Having worked on the paranormal for many years, Blackmore was awarded prizes by both psychical research and skeptical societies, but eventually gave it up completely - having become cynical of all paranormal claims and frustrated by the lack of progress in parapsychology.
WHEN: Susan Blackmore – "Are you sure you're conscious now?"
Thursday, March 3, 2005 Lecture: 12:00 noon; Reception: 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: George Washington University Marvin Center, Third Floor Amphitheater Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro, Blue and Orange lines
COST: Free and open to the public
With demonstrations and help from the audience Blackmore will explore the ways in which we misunderstand our own minds. Her current research includes theories of consciousness, the effects of meditation and psychoactive drugs, evolutionary psychology, creativity and memetics. For 10 years Blackmore was a senior lecturer and then Reader in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, but left in 2000 to write an undergraduate textbook on consciousness. She is author of more than 60 scientific articles and 40 book contributions. She writes for several magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent contributor on radio and television, both in the UK and abroad. She has presented several television programs including a Horizon on alien abductions and a documentary on the intelligence of apes. She has been training in Zen for twenty years.
Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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