Adam Daniel Hunt
Born and raised around London, Adam completed a bachelors in philosophy at Southampton University in 2013 and a masters in philosophy at Bristol University in 2015. In Bristol he studied the philosophy of biology, primarily concerning evolutionary theory, and the philosophy of psychology.
Soon after finishing his masters he stumbled upon a scientific paradox which remains unsolved: why are mental disorders so common, genetic, and as yet unexplained? And why haven’t we been questioning the ultimate cause of mental disorder – explaining it not just in terms of brain states, but by the evolutionary process behind those brain states. Psychiatry has endlessly failed to find good explanations for mental disorders. Perhaps that's because it has been missing the explanation of all biology, evolution by natural selection.
Obsessed by this giant scientific and social problem, he left London to research and write in solitude in the Norfolk countryside. Four years later, with a draft book manuscript in hand, he was offered a place in the Human Ecology group at the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine, a newly established group and department at the University of Zurich, to convert his work into academic publications and a PhD.
He is now working with key figures in the evolutionary psychiatry world, including Randolph Nesse, Riadh Abed and Paul St-John Smith, and serves on the executive committee of the Evolutionary Psychiatry Special Interest Group (EPSIG) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) in the UK.
Adam is represented by the literary agent Toby Mundy, of Aevitas Creative. His first non-fiction book, ‘The Specialised Mind’ will be released after his PhD, summarising his research for the general audience.