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Dylan Evans, Ph.D.

Dylan Evans, Ph.D. is the author of several popular science books, including Emotion: The Science of Sentiment and Placebo: The Belief Effect. After earning his PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics, he did postdoctoral research in philosophy at King’s College London and in robotics at the University of Bath before moving to the University of the West of England (UWE) where he was Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Autonomous Systems. He left UWE in July 2006 to start the Utopia Experiment.
 
He writes regularly for The Guardian and has made frequent appearances on radio and television, and given numerous talks at festivals of science and literature. In 2001 he was voted one of the twenty best young writers in Britain by the Independent on Sunday, and was once described by the Guardian as “Alain de Botton in a lab coat”. He has also done occasional performances as a DJ at literary events such as the Hay Festival of Literature and the Orange Prize for Fiction.
 
Dylan authored Introducing Evolutionary Psychology, 2nd Edition, An Introductory Dictionary Of Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Introducing Evolution, New Edition, Suppression of the acute-phase response as a biological mechanism for the placebo effect, Pain, evolution and the placebo response, The search hypothesis of emotion, From Lacan to Darwin, The Emperor’s New Clothes: A Revised Version, and The loss of utopia, and coauthored Robot Thought – A dialogue event for family audiences and The evolution of optimism: a multi-agent based model of adaptive bias in human judgement. Read the full list of his publications!