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Francis Heylighen
Works at Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Attended Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Lives in Brussels
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The Global Brain can be defined as the distributed intelligence emerging from the planetary network of people and machines—as supported by the Internet. The Global Brain Institute (GBI) was founded in January 2012 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to research this revolutionary phenomenon. The GBI grew out of the Global Brain Group, an international community of researchers founded in 1996.
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Congratulations, hope your work will bear fruit to "achieve a much higher level of distributed intelligence that would allow us to efficiently tackle global problems too complex for present approaches."
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Research, writing, supervision of PhD students, teaching undergraduate courses
Employment
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Research professor, present
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Brussels
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Introduction
Fascinated by self-organization since my childhood; building conceptual and formal models of this phenomenon, with applications to the Global Brain, the distributed intelligence emerging from the Internet; trying to live in line with my true nature as descendant of the paleolithic hunter-gatherers
Bragging rights
Developed a coherent evolutionary-cybernetic worldview based on an action ontology. (Co)founded the Principia Cybernetica Project, the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition Group and the Global Brain Group/Institute. Raised the smartest, sweetest and fittest 8 year-old anyone has seen. Appear to be about the leanest, strongest and fittest guy of my generation of friends and colleagues.
Education
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Theoretical Physics
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Male