282 episodes

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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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

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.

Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Fall of the Aztecs

    Fall of the Aztecs

    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=1
    This episode is sponsored by Discover More Podcast - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/discover-more-benoit-kim-w1KlycAfQGB/

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    • 44 min
    246. The Only Child

    246. The Only Child

    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.
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    • 36 min
    245. Is a Bachelor of Arts Degree Useful?

    245. Is a Bachelor of Arts Degree Useful?

    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.
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    • 49 min
    244. Travel - The Joys and Complexities

    244. Travel - The Joys and Complexities

    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

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    • 35 min
    243. Stockbrokers- Do You Need Them?

    243. Stockbrokers- Do You Need Them?

    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? 
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    • 49 min
    242. Israel and Palestine - Two Perspectives

    242. Israel and Palestine - Two Perspectives

    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-penslar
    Professor Beshara Doumani - https://vivo.brown.edu/display/bdoumani

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    • 1 hr 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

jspicerc ,

Really good

From a person who rarely takes the time to write reviews, but should, I have to complement the podcast. Specifically the episode that is little over two hours on Israel-Palistine history. The guest was very well informed very well educated very well spoken, and not jaded just by personal opinion. Very objective. Excellent podcast I have referred to by entire family now I think it should be mandatory listing for anybody. Interested in the subject right now. Excellent podcast.

Hazelten ,

Thought provoking series

This show is a great example of critical thinking, which vitally important in this day and age.

Zale is an intelligent interviewer who engages with his guests with an open mind to reach a deeper and more wholistic understanding on a broad range of topics.

Many of these episodes have expanded my understanding of a wide range of topics, so much so that I have shifted my perspective in some cases.

I’m a time of sound bite media and radicalized politics, Preconceived takes an unbiased and honest view at challenging topics that society has an incomplete understanding about and dissects these topics with great skill.

thanksWWfortheeasyapp ,

Really enjoyed Dr. Spiegel’s interview

I live this stuff, and I am happier. But I don’t always know why. That is what I got out of it—HOW it works. Knowing how it works makes me even more comfortable. Thank you!

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