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The Vulnerable Hero: The Philosophy for Heroes Book Series2018-07-09T16:23:54+00:00

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.



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 […]

Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

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 they get interested in this thing and they learn all this stuff, but they’re just people. There’s no […]

Popular Science

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. Likewise, expressions such as “pseudoscience” have become an insult. What is the role of the word “science” in […]

Occam’s Razor

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 should be selected. It is attributed to the English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian William of Ockham […]

An Introduction to Science

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 is no enjoyment of pure pleasure. —Epicurus, Principal Doctrine 12 Why are ontology and epistemology simultaneous? As Epicurus put […]


The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist. —Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism [Arendt, 1973, p. 474] The word “science” is […]

Language and Mathematics

  To those who do not know mathematics, it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature. […] If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in. —Richard Feynman, Character of Physical Law Why did […]

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“By painting the sky, Van Gogh was really able to see it and adore it better than if he had just looked at it. In the same way…, you will never know what your husband looks like unless you try to draw him, and you will never understand him unless you try to write his […]

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