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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.

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

Note in French: Tous les détails sur mon activité de conférencier se trouvent sur la page "speaker".

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Research Interests

The main focus of my research is the origin of the Universe and the far-future of intelligence, which my book is about. 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:

  • 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.

  • Explore the ethical, practical and spiritual implications of the epic of evolution and big history.

  • Study and assess the “stellivore hypothesis”, that is the existence of advanced extraterrestrial life in candidate binary star systems. This is conducted within the nascent field of high energy astrobiology.