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Preconceived, hosted by Zale Mednick, dives deep into the intricacies of human experience, challenging the assumptions that shape our understanding of the world. In each episode, Zale engages with leading experts, thought leaders, and individuals with unique perspectives to uncover the layers beneath societal norms and expectations. From exploring cultural phenomena to dissecting scientific breakthroughs, Preconceived invites its listeners to question their preconceptions about love, life, technology, health, history, and beyond.


With a blend of curiosity and critical thinking, Zale navigates through complex topics, offering his audience a chance to gain new insights and broaden their horizons. Whether it's debunking myths, confronting biases, or simply indulging in the joy of learning something new, Preconceived is more than just a podcast; it's an invitation to view the world through a different lens.


Join Zale Mednick every week on Preconceived for enlightening conversations that promise to inspire, inform, and intrigue. Perfect for the inquisitive mind, this podcast is a must-listen for anyone eager to challenge their understanding of the world and embrace the complexity and beauty of human existence.



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Fall of the Aztecs

Fall of the Aztecs

2024-07-0947:52

The Aztec Empire famously fell following the arrival of the Europeans in the 16th century. Much of what we know about the Aztecs – including their rise, the nature of the empire, and its eventual fall, comes strictly from European accounts. But what did the Aztecs themselves think? The narrative has almost solely been shaped by the European perspective – but how did the Aztecs view the Europeans who eventually conquered them? Professor Camilla Townsend joins the podcast. Camilla's Book - Fifth Sun https://www.amazon.ca/Fifth-Sun-New-History-Aztecs/dp/0190673060/ref=asc_df_0190673060/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=411041496657&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2406240501790207548&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9000956&hvtargid=pla-715823711027&psc=1This episode is sponsored by Discover More Podcast - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/discover-more-benoit-kim-w1KlycAfQGB/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
246. The Only Child

246. The Only Child

2024-07-0240:54

There is a certain stigma about only children - the idea that they may become more self-centred, and the concern that they will be lonelier in life without siblings. Such concerns have even prompted some to suggest that it is 'selfish' for parents to only have one child. But what does the evidence show about the life experiences of children who do not have siblings? UCLA Psychology Professor Tony Falbo joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Preconceived or ‘status quo’ path in life typically includes a variety of steps; one major milestone is graduating from college.  It’s something that we are ‘supposed to do’, a relatively expensive all-consuming four-year program that most of experience after high school.  But how important is college?  Do the academic benefits of college merit the time and cost of the endeavour?  While many cite the importance of ‘the college experience’ as part of our maturation, is this just an idea we’ve been overly conditioned to accept that then dictates a significant chunk of our life?  Derek Newton joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
For many people, travel provides some of the most profound experiences of their lives.  Whether it’s a short excursion or a year living abroad, disengaging from your typical routine and transplanting yourself into the unknown is bound to lead to personal growth and self-discovery.  But for all the good that can come from it, travelling can also be confusing.  Is travelling always supposed to be joyful?  Is there a trap that some fall into of travelling simply because that’s the ‘cool’ thing to do and permits you conceive of yourself as ‘worldly’?  And Is there a risk that one can become obsessed with a certain impermanence that travel breeds, an escapism of sorts?  Jesse O'Reilly-Conlin, author of 'Go: A Memoir of Movement', joins the podcast. Jesse O'Reilly-Conlin - https://jesseoreillyconlin.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When it comes to our finances, it’s natural for many to follow the traditional approach to investing by using a stock broker.  Over the past couple of decades, however, there has been a growing trend to go against the grain and not use a stockbroker.  You may have seen the commercials online by companies urging you to bypass stock brokers by investing in their online platforms; they show curves of net worth over the course of decades, suggesting that when one takes compound interest into account, all the fees one pays to a stock broker can add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run?  So what does the math show?  Is using a stock broker actually detrimental to one’s overall earnings in the stock market?  Or despite the higher fees, does the stock broker bring an added intangible value?  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Since the October 7th massacre and the ensuing war and humanitarian crisis in Gaza, much world attention has been given to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.  In this episode, we take a look back at the origins of this conflict, the concept of Zionism, and the events leading up to the 1948 war, known as the War of Independence in Israel, and referred to as The Nakba ('the catastrophe) by Palestinians. This episode explores two perspectives - a Jewish perspective shared by Harvard Professor Derek Penslar, and a Palestinian perspective shared by Brown Professor Beshara Doumani.Professor Derek Penslar - https://history.fas.harvard.edu/people/derek-penslarProfessor Beshara Doumani - https://vivo.brown.edu/display/bdoumani Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The relationship between humans and non-human animals is a fascinating one. In particular, the pet-owner relationship begs many questions. The preconception is that it is totally normal that we cohabitate with other animals in our homes. People love their pets, and for the most part, we assume that our pets love us. But how normal really is the concept of having pets? And even if pets do add much value to humans' lives, is it really moral to keep pets, especially in the ways that we do? Professor Hal Herzog, expert in human-animal relationships, joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
241. Inheritance

241. Inheritance

2024-05-1436:43

There is often an expectation that when parents die, their children will be left with some form of inheritance. But what does the research show about what actually happens to inheritance? What do the recipients tend to do with their inheritance? Is the money put to good use, is it spent right way, is it saved, or is it sometimes totally squandered? Jay Zagorsky, from the Questrom School of Business, joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
When we go through elementary school, high school, and college, we are tasked with learning and memorizing mounds of information. But how much emphasis is actually put on how we learn? What are the most effect memory strategies that can help us excel on exams? Are the strategies for short-term memory the same as the techniques for long-term retention? And how does an understanding of one's own 'learning style' factor into the way one studies, if at all? Roddy Roediger, co-author of 'Make It Stick', joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
239. Thirty Years to Live

239. Thirty Years to Live

2024-04-3001:01:53

What if you knew from the beginning of your life that you would die at age 30?  How would you choose to live those 30 years?  Needless to say, your path would completely deviate from many elements of the preconceived status quo of a typical life.  And what if, just as you were reaching the end of your predicted life expectancy, you found out that you would not indeed die at age 30, but that you would have a normal life expectancy?  Would you be happy for the extra years, or would you be rattled by such an upheaval in your expectations? Jeremie Saunders was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at age one and was given a life expectancy of age thirty. But just after turning thirty, a life-saving medication became available which changed the trajectory of his life, extending his life expectancy by fifty odd years. He joins the podcast to share his story. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
On April 13th, Iran launched over 300 missiles and drones over Israel.  While Israel’s missile defensive system was able to mitigate most damage, the attack itself was unprecedented and a frightening development to the international community.  When most of us think of modern-day Iran, we think of an oppressive authoritarian regime that suppresses the rights of its people and also deeply hates the West.  But how did this situation come to be?  Why does Iran hate the West so fiercely?  What does Iran want?  And how seriously must the Iran problem be taken?  There have been concerns over their nuclear weapons program for many years, and now that Iran has launched an attack, how is the world, and Israel, supposed to respond? Mark Dubowitz, a leading world expert on the Iranian threat, joins the podcast. Mark Dubowitz - https://www.fdd.org/team/mark-dubowitz/ Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We all know people who have been sick, whether with acute illness or chronic disease.  But despite how common it is for people we know to be sick, we don’t always know how to deal with it in the best way.  How do we support someone who is going through health troubles?  How do you treat them normally, so to speak, while also acknowledging that what they’re going through is in many ways not normal and requires extra love and support?  How do you navigate the situation without being awkward?  Jeremie Saunders, co-host of the acclaimed podcast Sickboy, joins the podcast.Check out Sickboy Podcast at https://www.sickboypodcast.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
‘Work-life-balance’ is a common phrase, a buzzword even, that refers to the way we find balance in our professional lives and personal lives.  The goal for many is to achieve an equilibrium, where we devote sufficient time to our work, family, and personal lives, without letting one domain dominate the other.  But is work-life balance truly attainable in the ways most of us think of it?  Should we be focused on balancing all aspects of our lives at once, or is it natural that the balance be more heavily weighted toward certain domains at different time points of our lives?  Author David Mcneff joins the podcast. David Mcneff's book - The Work-Life Balance Myth: Rethinking Your Optimal Balance for Success Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
As excitement grows regarding the upcoming solar eclipse, so do feelings of anxiety and fear amongst many people.  What exactly is a solar eclipse, and how dangerous is it for your eyes?  Ophthalmologist Dr. Tina Felfeli joins the podcast to prepare you for this once-in-a-lifetime event . Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode, Zale opens up about his own experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. What is an obsession, and what is a compulsion? How does OCD extend far beyond the preconception of a pure focus on cleanliness? Zale gives a window into what it is like living with anxiety and sheds some light on psychiatric illness in general. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The Roman Empire is thought of as one of the most powerful empires in human history.  But as we all know, the Roman Empire did indeed fall after several centuries of domineering economic and political power.  Many historians have tried to understand why exactly the Roman Empire fell, and many theories have emerged.  In the present day, the United States, and ‘The West’ at large, has been seen for several centuries as the world’s superpower, similar in many ways to the power held by the Roman Empire.  But with the current geopolitical landscape, it seems as if America may succumb to the same fate as Rome.  So what is the phenomenon that is occurring here?  Why do empires fall? And what will become of the West in the decades to come? Peter Heather joins the podcast. Peter Heather's book 'Why Empires Fall' - https://www.amazon.ca/Why-Empires-Fall-America-Future/dp/030027372X Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
233. Cannibalism

233. Cannibalism

2024-03-1946:47

The idea of one human eating another human is almost unfathomable to most of us.  Even when stories have surface of life and death situations when people were arguably forced to resort to cannibalism in order to survive, the act still raised many eyebrows in society at large. But how abnormal really is the practice of cannibalism?  From an evolutionary and survival perspective, how can the practice of cannibalism be better understood?  How common has human cannibalism been over the course of civilization, and what have been the most common circumstances in which it developed? Bill Schutt, author of 'Cannibalism: A perfectly natural history', joins the podcastBill Schutt's book: https://www.amazon.ca/Cannibalism-Perfectly-Natural-Bill-Schutt/dp/1616204621 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is on the rise, influencing many facets of our lives.  With the emergence of ChatGPT and other AI-related tools, the landscape of education is already changing.  From the student's perspective, will certain skills such as writing and critical thinking fall by the wayside if AI can do the work for them?  Have rates of cheating increased?  And on a more optimistic note, how are teachers and professors using AI to create better educational environments for their students? Priten Shah joins the podcast. Priten Shah's Websitehttps://pritenshah.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Predicting The Oscars

Predicting The Oscars

2024-03-0836:48

The Oscars is considered the most prestigious awards ceremony in the entertainment industry. There is a certain magic about the Academy Awards, where some of the greatest films and performances of all time have been recognized. Ben Zauzmer is the author of Oscarmetrics, a book that shares an in depth look at the predictive analytics of The Oscars over its 93 year history. What makes a movie most likely to win Best Picture? Which actors and actresses are most likely to walk away winners? And do the Oscars deserve to be as celebrated as they are? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
231. The SATs

231. The SATs

2024-03-0538:16

The SATs have been a hallmark of the college admissions process for decades in the United States. But this popular standardized test has come under scrutiny the past several years, with many colleges eliminating the SATs as part of their admissions criteria. So why is the tide changing for the SATs? Is GPA a better predictor of college performance, or are both metrics fraught with bias and error? Eddie Comeaux joins the podcast. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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With respects to birth control topic. The book ‘Brave New World’

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Clara Schneider

loved listening to this episode!

Sep 12th
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Clara Schneider

difficult but important topic!

Sep 12th
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