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Thomas W. Clark CV

              Education

     

1982 - Graduate study in philosophy, Tufts University Medford, MA, Daniel C. Dennett, advisor.

 1969 - B.A., Amherst College, Amherst, MA (psychology).

            Professional Experience    

Current - Research associate, Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School, Brandeis University - Clark's staff page is here.

Current - Founder and director, Center For Naturalism,  conducting public education, policy development, and community building to promote worldview naturalism.

Current - Editor, Naturalism.Org, among the Web's most comprehensive resources on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.

Current - Sound engineer, Boston, MA .  Established sound recording company,  Location Recordings.  Production of archival and commercial recordings for Harvard and Tufts Universities, the Handel & Haydn Society and other Boston area ensembles, choruses, composers and musicians.

2004-2010 - Host and founder, Philosophy Cafe @ Harvard Book Store.  Selected topics and readings; moderated monthly discussions of contemporary philosophical and social issues for the Boston area’s best attended philosophy cafés. The cafe continues under the direction of a committee.

1992-2004 - Research associate, Health & Addictions Research, Inc., Boston, MA.  Managed research projects on substance abuse trends and program evaluation.  Responsible for survey and ethnographic data collection, evaluation design and implementation, conducting focus groups, instrument design, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing. 

1988-92 - Research assistant, Project Outreach, North Charles Foundation, Cambridge, MA.  Collected, cleaned, coded, and entered data for a drug treatment and intervention plan for Rhode Island.  Analyzed needs assessment questionnaires, conducted phone interviews, produced data summaries and reports.

1976-85 - Percussionist and pianist, the Fantasy Jugglers, Boston, MA.  Presented stage shows for colleges, corporations, television, and public events.

1971-76 - Head repairman, Boston String Instrument Company, Boston, MA.  Established own violin and cello repair business.  Worked on a freelance basis for Horst Kloss, master violin maker, and for the Boston University Music Department.
 

   Publications & Presentations
  
(does not include book reviews and other publications for Naturalism.Org and Health and Addictions Research, or essays at Memeing Naturalism)

 2007

Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses, paperback, Somerville, MA: Center for Naturalism"

Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses," presentation for Center for Inquiry - Southern Arizona, Tucson, October 21.

"Free Will, Moral Responsibility, and the Physical Mind," presentation for the Lahey Clinic Medical Ethics lecture series, September 26, Burlington, MA campus.

Encountering Naturalism, podcast for Point of Inquiry with DJ Grothe, Center for Inquiry.

Faith in hiding: is there a secular case for banning abortion?, in the July-August Humanist.

Review of Walter Glannon's Bioethics and the Brain for American Journal of Bioethics, V7 #5, May 2007.


2006

"Reforming criminal justice: the case against free will and retribution."  Presentation with Robert Gulack at Touro Law School, Huntington, NY, February 20, 2006 (audio file here).

"The natural disaster of poverty."  Presentation for the Ethical Society of Boston, Cambridge, MA, April 2, 2006 (audio file here).

The specter of brain science. Free Inquiry, April/May 2006.

Naturalism vs. supernaturalism: how to survive the culture wars Humanist, May-June, 2006.

Gandhi in question (2 books on Gandhi reviewed). Humanist, July-August, 2006.

Review of Lee M. Silver's Challenging NatureNew England Journal of Medicine, July 27, 2006

Choice and free will: beyond the disease model of addiction. Join Together invited commentary, September, 2006.

Holding mechanisms responsibleLahey Clinic Medical Ethics, Fall, 2006, V13 #3.
 

2005

Killing the observer.  Journal of Consciousness Studies, 12 (4/5),  May/June 2005, http://www.naturalism.org/kto.htm.

Encountering naturalism: science, self, and society.  Presentation at New England College, http://www.naturalism.org/self_to_society.htm.

Hodgson's black box.   For a special issue on free will in Journal of Consciousness Studies, February, 2005, www.naturalism.org/hodgson.htm.

Causality, victimhood and empowerment: holding addicts accountable. Brown DATA, February, 2005, http://www.naturalism.org/addictio.htm#Causality.

Crime and causality: do killers deserve to die?  Free Inquiry, V25 #2 (2005) at http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=clark_25_2


2004

Facing facts: policy implications of the humanist commitment to science.  In Toward a New Political Humanism, Barry Seidman, ed., Prometheus Books, NY, http://www.naturalism.org/progressivepolitics.htm.

Debunking enlightenment.  Review of Rational Mysticism, by John Horgan (2003), in Free Inquiry V24 #2. Web: http://www.secularhumanism.org/library/fi/clark_24_2.htm

Naturalism, choice and creativity: transcending free will.  Presentation at 38 Cameron, Cambridge, MA. February 12, 2004, at http://www.naturalism.org/choice_and_creativity.htm.

Is there an observing self? Guest editorial, Science and Consciousness Review, February, 2004, at http://www.sci-con.org/editorials/20040201.html


2003

Toward a positive naturalism.  Presentation for the Center for Inquiry, Buffalo, December 18, 2003. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/presentations.htm

Causality, compassion, and control: the ethical implications of naturalism.  Presentation for the Ethical Society of Boston, November 23, 2003. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/ethical_implications.htm

Keeping the streets mean for addicts.  Join Together Online commentary, April 25. Web: http://www.jointogether.org/sa/news/features/reader/0,1854,563007,00.html

Empirical constraints on the concept of consciousness: commentary on Crick and Koch’s  "A framework for consciousness."  Guest editorial, Science and Consciousness Review, April, 2003, at http://www.sci-con.org/editorials/20030404.html

Against retribution.  Review essay on Placing Blame, by Michael Moore.  Human Nature Review, 2003, Volume 3: 466-479.  Web: http://human-nature.com/nibbs/03/twclark.html


2002

Science and freedom.  Free Inquiry  V22 #2. Web: http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?section=library&page=clark_22_2   

Spirituality without faith.  Humanist V62 #1. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/spiritua1.htm  


2000

Discovering true feelings of ecstasy. Boston Globe Sunday Focus op-ed on MDMA, September 10, 2000.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/ecstasy.htm

Who wrote the book of life?  Humanist, V60 #5. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/currents.htm#Who%20Wrote%20the%20Book%20of%20Life?

Playing God, carefully.  Humanist, V60 #3.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/currents.htm#PlayingGod


1999

Keeping the dogs of determinism at bay.  Philosopher’s Magazine, V6 #2.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/determin.htm 

Extreme pleasure’s excessive price. Boston Globe Sunday Focus op-ed on heroin in Massachusetts, October 10, 1999. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/heroin.htm


1998

Materialism and morality: the problem with Pinker, Humanist V 58, #6.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/morality.htm  

To help addicts, look beyond the fiction of free will, The Scientist, 12 (16), p. 9.  http://www.naturalism.org/addictio.htm#Stigma


1997

Function and phenomenology: closing the explanatory gap.  In J. Shear (Ed.),  in Explaining Consciousness – The Hard Problem (pp. 45-60).  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.  Originally appeared in Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1995, V2, #3, pp. 241-54.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/consciou.htm

The freedom of Susan Smith.  In W.R. Winterowd & G.R. Winterowd (Eds.), The Critical Reader, Thinker, and Writer, 2nd Edition (pp. 502-509). London: Mayfield Publishing Company.  Originally appeared in Humanist, 1996, V56, #2, pp. 8-12.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/freewill2.htm

Fear of mechanism: a compatibilist critique of The Volitional Brain, in Libet, B.,  Freeman, A., Sutherland, K., eds., The Volitional Brain: Towards a Neuroscience of Free Will, London: Imprint Academic. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/fearof.htm  


1996

Death, nothingness, and subjectivity. In D. Kolak & R. Martin (Eds.), The Experience of Philosophy, 3rd Edition (pp. 480-490). New York: Wadsworth Publishing Company.  Originally appeared in Humanist, 1994, V54, #6, pp. 15-20.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/death.htm


1994

Secularism and sexuality: the case for gay equality. Humanist, V54, #3, pp. 23-29. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/sexualit.htm

Culture and objectivity. Humanist,  V54, #5, p. 38. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/multicul.htm


1993

Faith, science and the soul: on the pragmatic virtues of naturalism. Humanist, V53, #3, pp. 7-12.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/faithsci.htm#faith

Humanism and postmodernism: a reconciliation. Humanist, V53, #1, pp. 18-23.  Web: http://www.naturalism.org/Humanism.htm


1992

Relativism and the limits of rationality. Humanist , V52, #1, pp. 25-32. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/relativi.htm


1990

Clark, T. and Lamont, C., Free choice and naturalism: a written exchange. Humanist, V50, #3, pp. 18-24. Web: http://www.naturalism.org/freewill1.htm

 

Book Reviews (selected, see here for others)

The Problem of the Soul, Owen Flanagan; for Human Nature Review

The Natural Selection of Autonomy, Bruce Waller

The Illusion of Conscious Will, Daniel Wegner; for Science and Consciousness Review

Addiction is a Choice, by Jeffrey A. Schaler

Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and ReligionChet Raymo

 

Publications with Health and Addictions Research, Inc.

Soldz, S. Clark, T., Celebucki, C., Walker D. (2002). Decreased youth tobacco use in Massachusetts 1996-1999: Evidence of tobacco control effectiveness. Tobacco Control.

Clark, T. and Elliott, E., (2001)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 2001.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December 2001 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Soldz, S., Kreiner, P., Clark, T., and Krakow, M. (2000). Tobacco use among Massachusetts youth: Is tobacco control working? Preventive Medicine, 31, 287-295. http://www.srnt.org/events/abstracts99/Tobacco%20Use%20Among%20Massachu.htm

 Soldz, S., Clark, T., Stewart, E., Miller, B. (2000) Trends in Tobacco Use Among Public School Students in Massachusetts: Triennial Prevalence Survey, 1984-1999.  Boston: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Soldz, S., Clark, T., Stewart, E., Miller, B. (2000) Trends in Alcohol Use and Gambling Among Public School Students in Massachusetts: Triennial Prevalence Survey, 1984-1999.  Boston: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Soldz, S., Clark, T., Stewart, E., Miller, B. (2000) Trends in Drug Use Among Public School Students in Massachusetts: Triennial Prevalence Survey, 1984-1999.  Boston: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Clark, T., Elliott, E. and Soldz, S., (2000)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 2000.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December 2000 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Clark, T., Elliott, E. and Soldz, S., (1999)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 1999.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December 1999 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Soldz, S., Kreiner, P., Clark, T. (1999)  Tobacco Trends among Massachusetts Youth:  Is Tobacco Control Working?  Poster presented at the American Public Health Association, Chicago, IL.

Soldz, S., Kreiner, P., Clark, T. (1999)  Tobacco Trends Among Massachusetts Youth:  Is Tobacco Control Working?  Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, Providence, RI.

Clark, T., Elliott, E. and Soldz, S., (1999)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, June, 1999.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, June 1999 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.     

Clark, T., Caspi, Y., Soldz, S., and Krakow, M. (1998) Preventing Adolescent Substance Use in Massachusetts: A Focus Group Study, July 1998.  The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

Soldz, S., Clark, T. (1998) Trends in Cigar Use among Massachusetts Adolescents. Presentation to Cigar Regulatory Hearing of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston MA.  Also presented to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Tobacco Researchers Workgroup.

Clark, T., Elliott, E. and Soldz, S., (1998)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 1998.  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December 1998 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Briton, N., Clark, T., Krakow, M., Soldz, S., Baker, A., and Posner, J. (1997) Adolescent Tobacco Use In Massachusetts: Trends Among Public School Students 1984-1996.  Boston: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Briton, N., Clark, T., Krakow, M., Soldz, S. (1997) Adolescent Substance Use In Massachusetts: Trends Among Public School Students 1984-1996.  Boston: Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   

Clark, T., Krakow, M., and Elliott, E.  (1997)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 1997.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December 1997 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Clark, T., Krakow, M., and Elliott, E.  (1996)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 1996.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December, 1996 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Clark, T., Krakow, M., and Elliott, E.  (1995)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, December, 1995.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, December, 1995 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Clark, T., Galloway, D., Elliott, E., and Krakow, M.  (1995)  Women in Residential Drug Treatment: Focus Groups in Massachusetts. Boston: Department of Public Health.

Clark, T., Wirth-Cauchon, J., Goldrosen, and Krakow, M.  (1995)  Illicit Drug Use in Massachusetts: Findings from Focus Groups with Methadone Clients and Outreach Workers 1994-1995.  Boston: Department of Public Health.

Clark, T., Krakow, M., and Elliott, E.  (1995)  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, June, 1995.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, June, 1995 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Shukitt-Hale, B., Clark, T., Williams, C., and Krakow, M.  (1994)  Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drug Use Trends Among Massachusetts Public School Adolescents 1984-1993.  June, 1994.  Boston:  Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Clark, T., and Krakow, M (1994).  Drug use trends in Greater Boston and Massachusetts, June, 1994.  U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Proceedings, June, 1994 Conference on Epidemiologic Trends in Drug Abuse, Community Epidemiology Work Group, National Institute of Drug Abuse.

 

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