I have lived my life as an artist, writer, performer, and theater director. Since 1997–after the project “No one is illegal” at documenta X–I withdrew from state theaters and traditional forms of literature presentation and became a media activist. I organized performances in public spaces (the forerunner of flash mobs), developed invisible forms of literature (literature which is not perceived as such) and became the creator of fictional artists.
I became interested in theories of social change and began teaching at the Institute of Sociology at the Free University of Berlin. I taught a series of advanced seminars called “Science of Human Happiness I–VII” with Bernd Ternes between 2002 and 2007. I also became interested in system theory and media epistemology, which I taught in various universities such as the Institute for Design Research at the University in Zürich (without any academic education); and published the books Medientheater (Kadmos, 2008) and Flaschenpost and die Zukunft with Friedrich Kittler (Kadmos, 2011).
The main idea was to develop a theory of “social evolution”. This project included writing a book whose first chapter supposed to be about the human condition and the evolution of the language faculty. I realized then that the evolution of language is still considered a puzzle and got absorbed in this puzzle. After some years studying evolutionary theory and linguistics (autodidactically), I developed the first sketch of my theory of language evolution in 2009. I published some papers on this in 2014 (“Language Evolved for Storytelling in a Super-fast Evolution”, article in Cartmill (ed.), Evolution of Language. London: World Scientific, pp. 114–121), and in 2015 (“How Language Evolved as a Backchannel between Two Feedback Loops”, Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, and presented my idea at conferences such as Evolang (2014, 2020), Protolang (2015, 2017), and Mind, Brain & Body Symposium Berlin (2018, 2020). Until 2016 I had no academic training.
In 2009 I also co-founded the Deaf Theater Possible World together with Michaela Caspar, which produced four plays and completed two film projects, which have been funded by different organizations (including the Hauptstadtkulturfonds) and received and were nominated for different prizes (such as BKM and Berliner Theatertreffen der Jugend). Germany’s public-service broadcaster (ARD) produced 40-minute TV documentaries on three of the plays and Arte (Franco-German television network) made a documentary on the group (25 min).
In 2016 I decided to enroll in the Free University of Berlin for Philosophy, mainly to have a University e-mail and an affiliation (which was required for the application for some conferences and for some journal submissions). I completed my BA in philosophy with the thesis The Social Origin of the Concept of Truth – How Statements are Built on Disagreements published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology in 2020.
Currently I am enrolled in the master program in philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin (since 2019). My plan is to publish different parts of my theory as journal articles initially, discuss them in colloquia, present the idea at conferences, and then put it all together as a book in which all self-developed and new ideas have previously been thoroughly discussed and peer reviewed.
I have written about 30.000 pages (mostly notes) that are unpublished.
I am currently in search of:
o a collaborator to simulate a very specific part of my theory (a physicist, mathematician, population geneticist or anyone who can simulate agents with mixed strategies on two levels)
o an institute in which I could test some predictions of my hypothesis empirically with neuroscientists or psychologists
o a place where I just can continue what I am working on but within an institutional framework
o a PhD advisor.
(c) Till Nikolaus von Heiseler, 10785 Berlin (responsible for all content)
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