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Drawing: Francis Heylighen / Photo: Sébastien Hermann

I am a researcher 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.

You can read more about my research interests below, explore my publications, my biography, or learn more about my book.

Drawing: Francis Heylighen / Photo: Sébastien Hermann

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Research Interests

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:

    • 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.
    • Explore the practical and spiritual implications of the epic of evolution and big history.
    • 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):

    • High Energy Astrobiology
    • Big History & Big Future
    • The Future of the Internet
    • Worldviews