About PHILOSOPHY FOR HEROES

Philosophy for Heroes is a book series covering philosophy, language, physics, evolution, neurobiology, consciousness, and leadership. My motivation for writing this series has been to summarize and share the findings of my own research. Specifically, I have sought to answer the question: what does it mean to be a hero?

Being a hero is much more than committing a heroic act. One does not magically morph into a hero as a result of circumstance: the just-in-time rescue, rising up in the midst of a crisis, or even leading others out of a catastrophe. Becoming a hero is more than even these courageous acts. It requires deep insight—the type of philosophical investigation that the greatest minds throughout history have pondered.

A hero is someone who has discovered his or her power to follow their own path. 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.


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

knowledge, open book, philosophy, key to wisdom
language, communication, writing, typewriter, universe

Chapter 1

Ontology and Epistemology

Chapter 2

Language and Communication

science, universe, physics, quantum theory, planets, sun
evolution, fractals, tyrannosaurus rex

Chapter 3

The Scientific Method and Physics

Chapter 4

Evolution and The Origin of Life

consciousness, mind
love, swing, universe, values, ethics

Chapter 5

Consciousness and Psychology

Chapter 6

Ethics and Values

religion, god, adam, fingers touching
heroism, universe, unity, spacesuit

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.

 

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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? […]