#70 Dr. Alan Levinovitz - Natural

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In this episode of The Muscle Memoirs Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Alan Levinovitz to discuss some concepts from his new book, Natural: How Faith in Nature's Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science. We cover a variety of topics ranging from the consequences of worshipping naturalness to the appeal of natural food and medicine.

Dr. Alan Levinovitz is an associate professor of religion at James Madison University. He received his BA in philosophy and religion from Stanford University and his PhD in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago. His focus primarily on the relationship between religion, literature, and science, with particular attention to classical Chinese thought and comparative ethics.

Timestamps
00:00 Introduction
02:20 Religion and science
03:10 What does natural mean? Why is it tied with goodness?
06:20 What is the value of connecting with the natural world
10:20 The problem with worshipping natural & some perspective on natural food
15:30 The attraction of simple binaries
20:35 How to defeat snake oil salesmen in the fitness industry
29:45 The appeal of alternative medicine & the inadequacies of the conventional medical system
39:50 How has your position on the value of naturalness changed over time?

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