- Series: Philosophy for Heroes (Book 1)
- Paperback: 237 pages
- Publisher: Clemens Lode Verlag e.K.; 1 edition (December 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3945586216
- ISBN-13: 978-3945586211
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
What would lead a computer scientist to turn to philosophy for answers? Clemens Lode has a passion for solving problems by applying nature-inspired algorithms. In his examination into what makes computers "smart," he found that the answer requires more than just science...
With his book series Philosophy for Heroes, Clemens bridges the gap between coding, science, philosophy, and, ultimately, leadership. He takes the reader through a series of explorations—beginning with the foundations of knowledge and leading to epos, how our own lives can become stories of heroism.
Clemens Lode is the founder LODE Publishing, established to create a blueprint for heroes. His goal is to do this by providing a foundation in classical philosophy and modern science. His dream is to create a better world by teaching people what it means to be a hero---and how to become a hero in real life.
Clemens received his Masters in computer science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After focusing his studies on nature-inspired optimization, and his professional career on large-scale health-care server applications, he moved on to optimizing businesses and, ultimately, helping improve individual lives. Before creating LODE Publishing, he 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. Clemens currently works as a business IT consultant, analyzing organization structure, team psychology, and helping with IT processes.
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Lode writes an accessible and engaging introduction to his series on living a "heroic" life. The book is written like a conversation, which makes it easy to pick up the themes and theories included in this book. It is written for anyone to pick up and read. If you are a philosophy student the first chapter of the novel is a bit difficult to get through as Lode introduces basic concepts and definitions in excruciating detail. Once you have endured this chapter, the conversation picks up. (If you are new to philosophy, this chapter may be difficult to understand, but Lode does an incredible job breaking down the jargon and ideas that you will need to continue your philosophical journey.)
I do think this book will be the weakest of his series because it is the beginning. The author seems to have a very clear path ahead with topics that will be far more intriguing. If you are acquainted with philosophy, you may skip this book and jump to the second without much loss.
But who wants to be a hero when most people just want to get rich quick? Because humans have dreams and higher ideals. The former thinking have precisely landed our entire humanity in a crisis like never before. Being a hero is not being martyr, is not a deed by chance. It is a path well defined and throughout, as well as planned.
I am excited about the potential of this book (and looking forward to the next three books in the series!), because—contrary to popular myth—heroes are not alone. As more people wake up to their heroic potential, the world will change for the better. Think back to your earlier childhood visions, you can still do it. With the help of like minded individuals, together, tides can be turned and history shall be made. Are you that someone?
Being a hero is not being martyr, it is not the results of a deed by chance. It is a path, and the path requires knowledge. This book covers the groundwork of that knowledge. It tries to build the entire structure from ground up. Basic concepts and tools such as language and mathematics are all laid out in a way that guides the reader on a journey. What does any of this have to do with being a hero? Read on.
As a book on philosophy, this one exceeded my expectations. When I received the book for review, I instantly liked the hand feel of the smooth cover and pages. The design looks very professional and aesthetically pleasing. Although I was more or less expecting a thick long dull book with plenteous jargon and no practical use, as I opened the book, I was surprised to see that it is different. From start to finish, it held my attention as it wove together concepts in a way I’ve never seen before. As I flipped through the book, I saw diagrams and many “Dummies” style little boxes of questions, inspirations and multi-threading references from other books of the series to bring together the big picture. In the back, there's even a glossary attached, and a list of sources, bibliography and index, much like a neat textbook. There is also a story about the creation of the series.
It doesn't matter your age or background as the book contains definitions of unfamiliar words and references from a wide range of works across time and space. It is a well rounded book that fills all the gaps that your fear may hinder your progress on understanding. I especially recommend this book to younger readers so they can kindle their passion for philosophy and have a more wise and less chaotic life.