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Portrait of Francis Heylighen

Francis Heylighen

Cyberneticist
Born: September 27, 1960

Francis Paul Heylighen is a Belgian cyberneticist investigating the emergence and evolution of intelligent organization. He presently works as a research professor at the Free University of Brussels, where he directs the transdisciplinary research group on "Evolution, Complexity, and Cognition" and the Global Brain Institute. He is best known for his work on the Principia Cybernetica Project, his model of the Internet as a global brain, and his contributions to the theories of memetics and self-organization. He is also known, albeit to a lesser extent, for his work on gifted people and their problems.

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