Seize The Moment Podcast

Alan Levinovitz Talks Learning From Mistakes, Healthier Social Media

On episode 63, we welcome author Alan Levinovitz an author and Associate Professor of Religion at James Madison University.

Alan takes his readers on a journey of the history of the words ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’, teaching them how they were used to justify homophobia, racism, and the sale of certain food products.

Although scary, it’s important for us to break out of simple, black and white thinking and learn to conceive of the concepts in their nuanced natures: some natural and unnatural goods are good and others are bad. Science demands a sense of uncertainty, and we explore why it’s more beneficial than wishful and simplistic thinking in general.

Alan Levinovitz

Last week on STMPodcast: Author Sulaiman Jenkins Talks Life is Raw, Napoleon, 2Pac, Outlawz

Please check out Alan’s book Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science which is available now:… Also look for his podcast SHIFT available at

Topics discussed with Alan Levinovitz on EP.63

  • Ways in which the words natural and unnatural have been used in popular culture, science, and religious ideologies
  • The importance of admitting and learning from mistakes
  • Demagogy and how people fall for confidence
  • Fostering healthier dialogue on social media
  • Being right vs being kind
  • System one and system two thinking
  • Our general susceptibility to cognitive distortions
  • How charlatans prey on our hopes and fears
  • How to become better food consumers


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