Here are some of the books I've written.
I've written eight books and co-edited one collection of essays.
Imagine you have survived an apocalypse. Civilization as you knew it is no more. What will life be like and how will you cope? In 2006, Dylan Evans set out to answer these questions. He left his job in a high-tech robotics lab, moved to the Scottish Highlands and founded a community called The Utopia Experiment. In this book he tells his own extraordinary story: his frenzied early enthusiasm for this unusual project, the many challenges of post-apocalyptic living, his descent into madness and his gradual recovery.
Risk Intelligence: How to Live with Uncertainty
There is a special kind of intelligence for dealing with risk and uncertainty. It doesn’t correlate with IQ and most psychologists fail to spot it because it is found in a disparate group of people such as weather forecasters, professional gamblers and hedge-fund managers. This book shows just how important risk intelligence is.
Atheism: All That Matters
What does it mean to be an atheist? Are atheists more intelligent than believers, or less moral? Can you be a spiritual atheist? Building on the work of atheist philosophers and psychologists, this introduction shows how the history of atheist thought has developed and offers fresh ideas for how life has meaning from an atheist perspective.
Introducing Evolutionary Psychology
Drawing on the insights of evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology, as well as data from anthropology, primatology and archaeology, evolutionary psychologists are beginning to piece together the first truly scientific account of human nature. Introducing Evolutionary Psychology is the perfect introduction to this exciting new field.
Emotion: The Science of Sentiment
Was love invented in the middle ages, or is it part of human nature? Will winning the lottery really make you happy? And will computers ever have emotions? These are just some of the intriguing questions examined in this guide to the latest scientific thinking about the emotions.
Placebo: Mind over Matter in Modern Medicine
Can we really cure ourselves of disease by the power of thought alone? Faith healers and alternative therapists are convinced that we can, but what does science say? This intriguing exploration exposes the flaws in the scientific research into the placebo effect and proposes a new theory about how placebos work.
Jacques Lacan's thinking revolutionised the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and had a major impact in fields as diverse as film studies, literary criticism, feminist theory and philosophy. Yet his writings are notorious for their complexity and idiosyncratic style. Emphasising the clinical basis of Lacan's work, this unique reference work is an indispensable companion to his ideas for readers in every discipline where his influence is felt.
In 1859, Charles Darwin shocked the world with a radical theory - evolution by natural selection. This book provides a step-by-step guide to Darwin's theory and takes a fresh look at the often misunderstood concepts of natural selection and the selfish gene. Superbly illustrated by cartoonist Howard Selina, this book is ideal for kids and adults alike.