Uniting a Divided World

A New Approach to Philosophy for Tomorrow’s Heroes and Leaders

Is the Era of the Conventional Hero Ending?

An alternative to the self-sacrificial heroes, and the egotistical villains is emerging: the rational hero who considers long-term consequences.

Why is a new philosophy needed? The reasons are:

  • Advances in philosophy and science that have not yet found their way into our culture.
  • Increasingly divided world, reliance on simple myths.
  • Increasing complexity of life requires extraordinary leaders that go beyond the mere technical or personal approach, people who can create other leaders.


My Philosophy for Heroes enables you to do three things:

  • Understanding the workings of your own mind by understanding the natural world.
  • Confronting your own dark side instead of trying to defeat it by projecting it onto others and attacking them.
  • Breaking with the traditional image of the self-sacrificial hero.


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Chapter 1

Ontology and Epistemology

Chapter 2

Language and Communication

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Chapter 3

The Scientific Method and Physics

Chapter 4

Evolution and The Origin of Life

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Chapter 5

Consciousness and Psychology

Chapter 6

Ethics and Values

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Chapter 7

Story Telling and Religion

Chapter 8

Heroism and Sustainable Leadership

Why is this subject important to me?

I am a spiritual person, questions about meaning interest me a lot. And where there is demand, there is supply. There are people out there who call themselves teachers, heroes, gurus, or alike, and no matter how smart you are, you can fall prey to their system of thought. That happened to me. No harm done, except time and my intellectual pride. But it showed me a part of the world that needs healing.

But I cannot teach you to be a hero. That is why it is not called a philosophy of heroes, but for heroes. If you can reflect on your actions, you are already a hero. I can give you the tools to be a better one and lead others to become better versions of themselves. I am passionate about having an independent mind, and that is what I can teach you.


What is the book series about?

With my book series Philosophy for Heroes, I bridge the gap between logic, science, ethics, and ultimately, leadership. In the first book, Knowledge, I will take you on a journey to examine the foundations of knowledge and the concept of a hero. In the second book, Continuum, our journey goes from the fundamentals of physics to the core principles of biology: evolution. In the third book, Act, we arrive at the mind, its inner workings, its creativity, our wishes and dreams, and ultimately our consciousness and ethics. The final act, Epos, brings together and expands on the ideas of the previous books to form a comprehensive idea of heroism.


About me

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for—and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool—for love—for your dreams—for the adventure of being alive. —Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation


Author Clemens Lode

What would lead a computer scientist to turn to philosophy for answers? I have a passion for solving problems by applying nature-inspired algorithms. In my examination into what makes computers “smart,” I found that the answer requires more than just science… My goal is to create a blueprint for heroes by providing you with a foundation in classical philosophy and modern science. My dream is to create a better world by teaching people what it means to be a hero—and how to become a leader in real life.

I studied computer science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. After focusing my studies on nature-inspired optimization, and my professional career on programming, I moved on to optimizing businesses and, ultimately, helping improve individual lives.


Before creating the publishing company, I founded a company dedicated to bringing the power of nature to computers. Its most successful product was a program that used evolutionary algorithms to optimize game strategies—a task Google recently took up for its development of artificial intelligence. Right now, I am working as an Agile Coach and project manager, analyzing organization structure, team psychology, and helping with IT processes.


I would love to hear from you, just drop me a line, or join me on Facebook or Twitter. Besides an occasional commentary on politics, and updates of my book projects, my feed is usually filled with cute animal pictures. For me, they represent innocence, opportunities, a fresh start, a positive attitude about life, and curiosity. My current interests include singing and minimalism—keeping in mind the effort and time one must invest on top of the actual price of buying a thing.



The Origin of Life

How would you create a life-like model of your face? A simple approach is to cover your face with papier-mâché, let it dry, detach it from your face, then fill the inside of the mask with plaster, let that dry as well, and detach the papier-mâché from the plaster. The result of this process is […]

Artificial Life

It is raining DNA outside. On the bank of the Oxford canal at the bottom of my garden is a large willow tree, and it is pumping downy seeds into the air. […] [spreading] DNA whose coded characters spell out specific instructions for building willow trees that will shed a new generation of downy seeds. […]

Chemical Evolution

It is mere rubbish, thinking at present of the origin of life; one might as well think of the origin of matter. —Charles Darwin, Letter To J. D. Hooker [Darwin, 2012] What are some specific examples in nature of complex processes or entities assembling themselves, with no other help but environmental influences? As we have learned in the […]

Basics of Evolution

What are the three major properties a system needs to have in order to evolve? Still, it needs to be said that the light of evolution is just that—a means of seeing better. It is not a description of all things human, nor is it a clear prediction of what will happen next. —Melvin Konner, The […]


It makes one wonder what the evolutionary tree of this idea [the theory of evolution] would look like, were it an organism that could be mapped out by fossil record rather than words. The concept is one that faded nearly into obscurity, only now to be revived with slight mutation. What I personally gather from […]

The Big Bang

If the “big bang” created the universe, and if nothing existed before the big bang, where did the big bang come from? Imagine an infinite sea of energy filling empty space, with waves moving around in there, occasionally coming together and producing an intense pulse. Let’s say one particular pulse comes together and expands, creating […]

Chaos Theory

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry. —Richard Feynman, The Character of Physical Law [Feynman, 1994, p. 28] How can structure emerge from chaos? Why isn’t everything just “noise”? And how does “complexity” differ from “chaos”? Example Imagine a droplet of honey […]

Interpretations of the Quantum Theory

Many Worlds Interpretation Why could the many worlds interpretation be called ontologically wasteful? An approach to explain what is going on at the ontological level is the so-called many worlds interpretation. Instead of claiming that until something is measured, it is not defined, it states that at all times, we have a definite history. This means […]

Copenhagen Interpretation

What is the ontological view of the Copenhagen interpretation? The unexplained mystery of thermal radiation (among others, like the photoelectric effect) led to the theory that light comes in packages: the quantum theory. The first interpretation to explain the quantum theory epistemologically was the Copenhagen interpretation. It was first formulated in 1927 by Niels Bohr, John […]

Development of Quantum Mechanics

Is light a wave or a particle? […] when we allow for the dynamics of gravity and quantum mechanics, we find that [our] commonsense notion is no longer true. This is the beauty of science, and it should not be threatening. Science simply forces us to revise what is sensible to accommodate the universe, rather […]