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Alan Rayner obtained B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Natural Sciences at King's College, Cambridge, and was a reader in biology at the University of Bath from 1985 to 2011. Rayner has published over 160 academic papers, articles and book chapters seven academic texts in the field of biology, and was president of the British Mycological Society in 1998. He has been a BP Venture Research Fellow and a Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010.
In 2001, Rayner hosted "The Language of Water", an event combining scientific and artistic material that led to the BBC Radio 4 series Water Story. In 2006 and 2007, he hosted "Unhooked Thinking" part I and II, which examined various aspects of addiction.
- Rayner, A. (8 February 2011). "Space Cannot Be Cut: Why Self-Identity Naturally Includes Neighbourhood". Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. 45 (2): 161–184. doi:10.1007/s12124-011-9154-y.
- Rayner, Alan. "A Summary of Natural Inclusionality". BestThinking.com. Retrieved 10 November 2011.