Dylan Evans

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Dylan Evans is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Emotion: The Science of Sentiment and Placebo: The Belief Effect. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the London School of Economics and is a lecturer in behavioral science at University College Cork School of Medicine in Ireland. He writes regularly for the Guardian and has appeared regularly on BBC radio.

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A lively introduction to the discovery of the mental aptitude known as risk intelligence, how vital it is in our lives, and how we can improve ours.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. To succeed more often, double your failure rate

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is not a state but a process of continual growth and development.  I'm only really happy when I'm learning new things and thinking new thoughts.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who think they know more than they really do

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In a remote villa in the Alpujarras in Spain

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. The teenage Adolf Hitler: "Don't give up painting."

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April 20, 2011

I’m tired of commentators blaming rising prices – or falling prices – on uncertainty. To take just two recent examples, AsiaOne News blamed a recent 0.15% fall in the Nikkei 225 index on “uncertainty over Japan’s post-earthquake nuclear crisis,” while BP and Caltex increased petrol prices, citing uncertainty about supplies from Libya and... see more

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