Welcome to my home page!
I am a researcher, public speaker and an assistant professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Brussels, Belgium), a member of the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group. I am affiliated with the Global Brain Institute, the Center Leo Apostel, and the Department of Philosophy.
Note in French: Tous les détails sur mon activité de conférencier se trouvent sur la page "speaker".
The main focus of my research is the origin of the Universe and its far-future, which my book is about. I am thus interested in the philosophy of evolutionary cosmology and its wide-ranging implications. I also explore the developmental aspect of our Universe. To this end, I co-founded a research community with John Smart exploring the idea of an Evolutionary Developmental (Evo Devo) Universe. I use the worldview concept as a framework for integrating insights from different disciplines.
In my current research, I aim to:
Better understand relativity and fractal geometry within the framework of scale relativity.
Study and assess the possible existence of advanced extraterrestrial life in candidate binary star systems. This is conducted within the nascent field of high energy astrobiology.
Understand, foresee and facilitate the evolution towards ever-stronger interconnection between humans, software and machines. This emergence of a globally distributed intelligence is best conceptualized as a Global Brain, and can be argued to be a major evolutionary transition we are witnessing. For more, see the Global Brain Institute.
My areas of interest include (but are not limited to):
Relativity and fractal geometry
Big History & Big Future
The Future of the Internet