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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.
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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