68 episodes

Welcome to Preconceived, a podcast where we examine the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and challenge the paradigms by which we have been conditioned to live our lives. The show is hosted by ophthalmologist Zale Mednick.

Preconceived Zale Mednick

    • Society & Culture

Welcome to Preconceived, a podcast where we examine the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and challenge the paradigms by which we have been conditioned to live our lives. The show is hosted by ophthalmologist Zale Mednick.

    Dreams

    Dreams

    Harvard Professor and psychologist Dr. Deirdre Barrett is one of the most well-renowned dream experts in the world. She joins Zale to discuss all things dreams-related. What exactly is a dream? How, if at all, should we interpret our dreams? Is there a way to control the content of our dreams, and even use our dreams to solve problems in our waking lives? What is lucid dreaming, and why is there so much surrounding them?

    • 43 min
    Unorthodox - Leaving Extremist Religion

    Unorthodox - Leaving Extremist Religion

    Gene Steinberg was born and raised in a Jewish Hasidic community in New York. At age 28, he made the difficult decision to leave orthodox-Judaism to live a life more aligned with his personal values. Gene explains what it is like to live in an isolationist Hasidic community, how he came to leave this way of life and the challenges that he and many others face when they do so.

    • 50 min
    Cancel Culture - The Dangers of Censorship

    Cancel Culture - The Dangers of Censorship

    On July 7th, Harper's Magazine published "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate", which was signed by world-renowned public figures and thought leaders including Malcolm Gladwell, Noam Chomsky and J.K. Rowling. The letter warned of the dangers of cancel culture. Nadine Strossen, one of the co-authours of the letter, and a distinguished professor of New York Law School, joins the podcast to explore the messages of this letter. She expresses what prompted her to sign the letter (11:00) and explains why censorship of free speech is counterproductive (18:00). Zale and Nadine discuss how cancel culture intersects with the Black Lives Matter movement (21:30) and review several recent examples of cancel culture including the Justin Trudeau Blackface controversy (31:30), kneeling in the NFL (34:30), and J.K. Rowling's comments on transgenders (44:30).

    • 50 min
    Magic

    Magic

    What exactly is magic? Is it simply a series of tricks rehearsed to perfection, or is there a more fantastical element to it? How do mentalism, precision and "deception" play into the world of magic? In a time when information is more accessible than ever, how do magicians feel about amateurs entering their world and performing tricks that took others years to study and master? Jonah Babins, co-founder of the Toronto Magic Company and host of the Discourse in Magic Podcast, joins Preconceived.

    • 45 min
    Psychedelics - The Right to Consciousness

    Psychedelics - The Right to Consciousness

    When many people think about psychedelic drugs, they think about hippies and counterculture in the 1960s. But research into the medical uses of LSD, psilocybin, ketamine and other psychedelics was well under way before the 1960s and actually became derailed by its association with counterculture. Only over the last couple of decades, has research resumed and subsequent legalization of some of these substances has come on the horizon. Why are these substances so important, both for treating mental illness but also for expanding the scope of consciousness for all human beings? International lawyer Robert Laurie joins the podcast.

    • 39 min
    Last Will and Testament

    Last Will and Testament

    We all know that we are going to die. But even with this knowledge, many of us still do not have last wills and testaments. So why is it so crucial that one does have a will, regardless of age and degree of assets? What are the consequences of not having a will, in terms of who gets your assets and who makes important decisions when you are gone? What are the implications for your children? What happens to your social media pages when you die? Daniel Goldgut, co-founder of Epilogue, joins the podcast to discuss these issues and to share how his new company makes the process of creating a will simpler and more accessible than traditional models.

    • 34 min

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