Susan Blackmore on Zen Consciousness

October 31, 2012

Susan Blackmore is a British psychologist who's written books on consciousness, memes and parapsychology.  She's also fascinated by what Zen Buddhism can tell us about the mind.  She says her daily practice of meditation has revealed truths that have eluded the scientific study of consciousness.

You can also listen to the EXTENDED interview, and read the extended transcript.



She made a reference to Advaita Vedanta . The transcriber hadn't understood her.

It is likely that brains are parts of central nervous systems.

It is likely that nervous systems are asynchronous self-modifying state machines with input from variable sensory apparatus.

It is likely that an individual's consciousness is congruent with the series of consecutive states of such a machine.