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Francis Heylighen (http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/HEYL.html)

Address: Center "Leo Apostel," Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Krijgskundestraat 33, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: 2- 644 26 77

Fax: 2-644 07 44

Email: fheyligh @ vub.ac.be (remove spaces around @)

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I am a research professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), where I co-direct the transdisciplinary research Center "Leo Apostel." I am also an editor of the Principia Cybernetica Project, an international organization for the collaborative development of an evolutionary-systemic philosophy.

The main focus of my research is the evolution of complexity: how do higher levels of organization originate (metasystem transitions) and develop? I have worked in particular on the development of knowledge, and its application to the emerging intelligent web, or "global brain."

I use this evolutionary-cybernetic approach as a framework for the integration of ideas from different disciplines into an encompassing "world view." I have largely finished the draft for a popular science book presenting this evolutionary world view to a broad audience, and am looking for agents or publishers interested in this project. I also teach an introductory course (in Dutch) on this topic at the VUB, and have several PhD students working on related subject. This broad evolutionary view, together with its practical applications on advanced web systems, has given me a growing reputation as a visionary thinker on the future of the information society.

As a true interdisciplinarian, I have moreover done research and published papers about various subjects in various scientific disciplines, from mathematical physics, and computer support systems to humanistic psychology.

For further information please go to my website at http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/HEYL.html