How exposure to misinformation inoculation sometimes makes things worse

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While on vacation, Marcial Conte, the Brazilian publisher of my first book, met a woman who asked about his work. Upon learning he was responsible for A Mentira do Glutén: E Outros Mitos Sobre O Que Voce Comê (The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What You Eat), she lit up.

Her husband, she said, had followed my revolutionary diet protocol and changed his life. Pounds melted away. Myriad health problems resolved themselves.

“She told me to thank you for saving her husband’s life with the ‘UNpacked Diet,’” Conte grinned at me. “Incredible, no? …

An Arc Digital edition of Point/Counterpoint with Nicholas Clairmont and Alan Levinovitz


What follows is a debate between Arc associate editor Nicholas Clairmont and James Madison University professor of religion Alan Levinovitz, whose forthcoming book Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws, and Flawed Science is available for pre-order. Levinovitz tweeted about this topic on March 14, and as the subject became a bigger debate among politicians and online, the two decided to have it out at greater length.

Alan Levinovitz

Professor at JMU . Religion, science, 道. Opinions mine. Latest book: NATURAL — how to love nature without worshipping it, April 2020.

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