Diederik Aerts is professor at the ‘Brussels Free University (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB)’ and director of the ‘Leo Apostel Centre (CLEA)’, and interdisciplinary and interuniversity (VUB an the universities of Gent and Leuven) research centre, where researchers of different disciplines work on interdisciplinar y projects. He is also head of the research group ‘Foundations of the Exact Sciences (FUND)’ at the VUB. He is secretary of the ‘International Quantum Structures Association (IQSA)’ and editor of the international journal ‘Foundations of Science (FOS)’. He is a board member of the ‘Worldviews group’, founded by the philosopher Leo Apostel, which investigates the possibility of constructing integrated worldviews, taking into account the recent scientific findings. He was the scientific and ar tistic coordinator of the ‘Einstein meets Magritte’ conference, where the world’s leading scientists and artists gathered to reflect about science, nature, human action and society.The material of the conference has been published in an eight-volume series by by Kluwer Academic and VUB Press.
Excerpt: In 1995, the Leo Apostel Centre in Brussels, Belgium, organised an international conference called “Einstein meets Magritte”. Nobel prize winner Ilya Prigogine held the opening lecture at the conference, and Heinz von Foerster’s lecture was scheduled last… Heinz von Foerster was enchanted by the conference theme and – in the spirit of surrealist Belgian painter René Magritte – had chosen an appropriate title for his talk: “Ceci n’est pas Albert Einstein”. … [H]e was delighted to grant the organisers the following interview, in which he tells us about an even longer journey – that of his remarkable life and scientific career.