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  • Located in Boston, MATom Clark
  • Founder, Center for Naturalism.
  • Developer of Naturalism.Org, a leading Web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.
  • Author, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses and many publications and presentations on naturalism, free will, science, addiction, and criminal and social justice.
  • Host and moderator, Philosophy Café at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.


Before founding the Center for Naturalism (CFN), Tom Clark was a researcher in addictions and mental health, where he worked on developing a fully naturalistic model of behavioral disorders. As director of the CFN, Tom Clark is now on the cultural cutting edge in articulating science-based naturalism as a comprehensive worldview. In his book, articles and presentations, he argues that in understanding ourselves as completely natural creatures, fully connected to and caused by our biological and social circumstances, we gain in control and compassion. Those wanting a fresh and positive perspective on secularism will enjoy Clark's naturalistic challenges to conventional wisdom on such topics as free will, moral responsibility, criminal and social justice, addiction, and the culture wars. His engaging, fast-paced lectures will encourage students to re-think their fundamental assumptions about the self and human nature, and in so doing give them access to the abundant resources of worldview naturalism. His talks are suitable for general audiences but can be tailored for students in law, science, psychology, philosophy, religion, and social and political theory.

Clark is pleased to speak on topics such as:

  • Encountering naturalism: a worldview and its uses
  • Science and intersubjectivity: the rational basis for naturalism
  • Reality and its rivals: the case against religious cognition
  • Who are you, essentially? - challenging the soul and its free will
  • Freedom and responsibility: defusing the threat of determinism
  • Connection, compassion, control: personal and social benefits of naturalism
  • Empiricism and equality: the progressive implications of naturalism
  • Retribution on trial: the naturalistic revisioning of criminal justice
  • Compulsion vs. choice: beyond the disease model of addiction
  • Worldview cognitive therapy: the psychological advantages of naturalism
  • Naturalism vs. supernaturalism: how to survive the culture wars
  • Naturalistic spirituality: oxymoron - not!
  • Religious naturalism: at home in a wild universe
  • Death, nothingness and subjectivity: what happens when we die?

Find examples of his speaking on Youtube at these links:

Tom asks for a $250 honorarium from SSA affiliate groups.

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