Please join Greater Worcester Humanists for our September meeting. Our speaker will be Tom Clark of Brandeis University and the title is "The Good Determinist: From Causality to Compassion and Control". You are welcome to arrive and mingle around 6:30 PM. We will begin the formal meeting at 7 PM.
Description: Although understanding cause and effect serves us well in many walks of life, determinism is viewed with suspicion: it seems to undermine human freedom and responsibility. If we’re completely the effect of prior causes, are we not then just puppets of the past? What becomes of credit and blame? This talk will address such worries and show how a pragmatic determinism – one that accepts the possibility of randomness in nature – affords us all the control and responsibility we could rationally want. It also leads us to compassion and forbearance: there but for circumstances go we.
Speaker Bio: Philosopher Tom Clark hosts naturalism.org, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications. He is also a research associate at the Institute for Behavioral Health at Brandeis University, working on solutions to drug addiction and other behavioral disorders.