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Presented by Dr Dylan Evans, Lecturer in Behavioural Science, University College Cork.
Some researchers stay faithful to one discipline, but Evans argues that variety is the spice of love. He’s been seduced by a variety of subjects during his academic career, from linguistics and psychoanalysis to robotics and philosophy, but he’s never settled down with any of them. Some people think he has a commitment problem, but Evans believes that commitment is a problem in itself. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over again. In this keynote presentation he’ll tell the story of some of his research relationships, and explain the thread that links the apparently disparate disciplines with which he has fallen in love, and why he eventually got divorced. Along the way Evans has also enjoyed relations with the media. This has brought censure from some straight-laced and – he claims – most likely jealous colleagues.