The Philosophy for Heroes Book Series

The Philosophy for Heroes book series is a scientific inquiry into question: what constitutes a leader—a hero—and how can we become one?

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To lead means to not be a follower. It is great to have role models—heroes—in your own life, but ultimately, you have to find your own way. To be free means to be free of others influencing or even manipulating your decisions for their own interest. You have to discover who you are and how you arrived at where you are now. The more you know about yourself and your environment, the freer you are in your decisions.

On this journey, I can be your mentor. The book series represents my footsteps that can guide you through the maze of philosophy:

  • philosophy
  • language
  • quantum physics
  • evolution
  • neurobiology
  • consciousness
  • free will
  • psychology
  • leadership

The two core principles of the series are:

  • reliance on the great minds of the past—scientists and philosophers who have expanded our understanding of the world, and
  • easy-to-understand examples.

In the long run, Philosophy for Heroes is but a stepping stone for future projects. Our ultimate goal is to educate people and artificial systems like organizations or AI to act consciously—with their own interests and the future in mind. On this website, we have summarized our discoveries in a series of articles. They are also available in book format. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, Leanpub, or locally at our regular meetup in Düsseldorf, Germany. You can also connect by joining our newsletter.


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.

CONTENTS

Book 1: Knowledge

The book is available on Amazon.com (or Amazon.de) and Leanpub. The German edition is available here.

Chapter 1: Ontology and Epistemology

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Chapter 2: Language and Communication

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Book 2: Continuum

The book is available on Amazon.com (or Amazon.de) and Leanpub.

Chapter 3: The Scientific Method and Physics

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Chapter 4: Evolution and The Origin of Life

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Book 3: Act

Preview and pre-purchase this book on Leanpub.com.

Chapter 5: Consciousness

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Chapter 6: Ethics and Values

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Book 4: Act

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Chapter 7: Story Telling and Religion

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Chapter 8: Heroism and Sustainable Leadership

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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 was 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 philosophy of heroes, but philosophy 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 the Author

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.

LATEST ARTICLES

  • Outlook
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. In our daily lives, too often we have our creativity submerged. We can walk down the street, drive to work, bicycle, watch TV, eat, etc. without ever really using this Darwinian machine. The more accustomed we become to … Read more
  • Evolution in the Head
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. If you’re good at finding the one right answer to life’s multiple-choice questions, you’re smart. But intelligence is what you need when contemplating the leftovers in the refrigerator, trying to figure out what might go with them. Or if trying … Read more
  • The Red Queen Hypothesis
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. “Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.” “A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, … Read more
  • The Origin of Life
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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, … Read more
  • Artificial Life
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Chemical Evolution
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Basics of Evolution
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Evolution
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • The Big Bang
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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, … Read more
  • Chaos Theory
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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? … Read more
  • Interpretations of the Quantum Theory
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Copenhagen Interpretation
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Development of Quantum Mechanics
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. 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 … Read more
  • Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. Ask me if an ordinary person could ever get to be able to imagine these things like I imagine them. Of course! I was an ordinary person who studied hard. There are no miracle people. It happens … Read more
  • Popular Science
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. Science has become synonymous for “truthful.” This has led people to try to emulate science without following the scientific method. Some have even started calling themselves “scientists” and used their titles to give their statements more meaning. … Read more
  • Occam’s Razor
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. Given that for a phenomenon, explanations of arbitrary complexity can be made, which view of the world should we choose? OCCAM’S RAZOR PRINCIPLE ·  According to the Occam’s Razor principle, among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions … Read more
  • How Are Heroes Relevant To You
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Knowledge. You can get a copy here.   My journey into philosophy started with this quote: My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as … Read more
  • An Introduction to Science
    This is an excerpt from the book series Philosophy for Heroes: Continuum. You can get a copy here. It is impossible for someone to dispel his fears about the most important matters if he doesn’t know the nature of the universe but still gives some credence to myths. So without the study of nature there … Read more