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Residence  Cork, Ireland
Role  Author
Name  Dylan Evans

Fields  Behavioural science
Nationality  British
Known for  Emotion, Placebo
Dylan Evans Dylan Evans Official Publisher Page Simon amp Schuster
Born  29 September 1966 (age 49) Bristol, UK (1966-09-29)
Institutions  Universidad Francisco Marroquin 2012 American University of Beirut 2012 University College Cork 2008–2011 University of the West of England 2003–2006 University of Bath 2001–2003 King's College London 2000–2001
Alma mater  London School of Economics PhD, 2000
Notable awards  British Medical Association Medical Book Competition (2003)
Education  University of Southampton, London School of Economics and Political Science
Doctoral advisor  John Worrall, Nicholas Humphrey
Books  Emotion: A Very Short Introduction, Risk Intelligence: How to Li, Introducing Evolutionary Psychology, An introductory dictionary, Placebo

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Dylan Evans (born August 18th, 1966) is a British academic and author who has written books on emotion and the placebo effect as well as the theories of Jacques Lacan.

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Early life and education

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Evans was born in Bristol on 29 September 1966 and went to school at Sevenoaks School and West Kent College of Further Education. His father is an aircraft engineer, his mother is a teacher.

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At Southampton University he studied Spanish and Linguistics and later he received his doctorate in philosophy from the London School of Economics.

Evans is an atheist and also writes and gives lectures on atheism and related topics. He contributed an article to The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity arguing that psychology has shown atheism to be a better explanation of the human mind than theism.

Academic career

Evans worked at the University of Bath and the University of the West of England. Evans was a psychoanalyst in the style of Jacques Lacan, and wrote a standard reference work in the field. After several years, however, Evans eventually came to doubt the logical and scientific validity of Lacanianism, and ultimately abandoned the field because he was worried Lacanianism harmed rather than helped patients. Evans resigned from the position of senior lecturer at the University of the West of England to start a project in sustainable living called the Utopia Experiment.

Evans was briefly a Lecturer in Behavioural Science in the School of Medicine at University College Cork. In 2010 the university gave him the "President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching" for his Cork Science Cafe project (together with colleague Catherine O'Mahony).

Risk intelligence is one of his research areas.

On 15 September 2010, Evans, along with 54 other public figures, signed an open letter published in The Guardian, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI's state visit to the UK.

In spring 2010 Evans was accused of sexual harassment of a colleague, Rossana Salerno Kennedy, by showing her a published article about oral sex among fruit bats. His employer imposed a "two-year period of monitoring and appraisal under the university's duty of respect and 'right to dignity' policy," leading Evans to mount a campaign, attracting more than 3000 petition signatures, defending the principle of freedom of expression. In the course of the campaign, confidential documents were leaked, and UCC launched disciplinary action against Evans for alleged breach of confidentiality. Disciplinary proceedings were halted when Evans applied for judicial review at the Irish High Court. On 1 December 2010 the High Court quashed the sanctions imposed on Evans by the President of UCC, which the judge described as "grossly disproportionate", and awarded costs to Evans. The Court upheld the original finding of harassment, but the judge pointed out that "there can be different forms of sexual harassment, ranging from highly objectionable to mildly objectionable" and that "this was at the very lower end of the scale in this case." UCC responded by issuing a statement stating that they were satisfied with the High Court's decision to uphold the original harassment finding, and they declared their intention to proceed with disciplinary proceedings against Evans for alleged breach of confidence.

The Utopia Experiment

He spent a while running the "Utopia Experiment" in the Highlands of Scotland. This was to be a self-sufficient group of people growing their own food, with no television and limited use of electricity for eighteen months.

Books

  • The Utopia Experiment (2015)
  • Atheism: All That Matters (2014)
  • Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty (2012)
  • Emotion, Evolution and Rationality (2004)
  • Placebo: The Belief Effect (2003)
  • Introducing Evolution (2001)
  • Emotion: The Science of Sentiment (2001)
  • Introducing Evolutionary Psychology (1999)
  • An Introductory Dictionary of Lacanian Psychoanalysis (1996)
  • References

    Dylan Evans Wikipedia


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