Preconceived examines the preconceptions that shape how we view the world and challenges the paradigms by which we live our lives. The show is hosted by ophthalmologist Zale Mednick.
World-renowned author and historian Susan Wise Bauer rejoins the podcast to shed some "light" on the "dark ages", more commonly known as the Middle Ages. Why is this 1,000 year period of human history considered with generally negative regard? Is the Middle Ages even a real thing, or just something created by later historians?
Our younger years are dominated by education. The foundation of our daily routine is attending school, and the overarching purpose of our lives, so to speak, is to become educated before entering the “real world”. But for all the hours, days and years spent sitting in classrooms, is our conventional education system actually as good as it could be? World-renowned author and historian Susan Wise Bauer joins the podcast to share her unique approach to education.
The Choice Paradox
The choices available to humans have perhaps never been as widespread as they are in the 21st century. This can apply to the simple things like our choice in restaurants, tv shows, and books, and to the more serious life decisions, like which career to pursue, which partner to choose, and trying to find meaning via a myriad of different ways. But while choice can be an amazing thing that opens up all sorts of opportunities, it can also be overwhelming. Psychologist and Decision Researcher Dr. Eva Krockow joins the podcast.
Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can be devastating diseases for both the patients and families affected. What is it like in the early stages of dementia, when one is aware of the further cognitive decline that is to come? When the disease becomes more advanced, is there any benefit in reorienting the patient to the present , or is it wiser to allow them to roam where their thoughts take them? Occupational therapist Nira Rittenberg joins the podcast.
The American Military - 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' (Part 2)
In this sequel episode, former American infantryman Alan Leggitt shares his experience of serving in the military as bisexual during the era of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Under this policy, which was only lifted in 2011, members of the American military were not allowed to reveal or ask questions regarding one's sexual orientation.
The American Military - Chasing Ghosts (Part 1)
Being part of the military is widely viewed as something honorable, dutiful and patriotic. But as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have endured for so long over the past two decades, many questions have arisen. Are the sacrifices that American citizens have been asked to make for their country always worth it? How do soldiers respect authority and take orders from superiors, when perhaps they don’t agree with the missions they are fighting? Former American infantryman Alan Leggitt joins the podcast.
One of my favorite podcasts
Zane does a wonderful job of asking great questions, discussing very diverse topics and being a good listener. Love this podcast
Worth your time
Stumbled upon this show on ListenNotes and I’m so glad I did! Zale picks wonderful guests and has truly engaging conversations. Was drawn in this morning by the show on wealth and happiness, an interview with a fascinating psychologist who walks and talks with clients and takes their problems at face value.
Also, the fact that this podcast is about perception and hosted by an ophthalmologist is just too perfect.
I applaud your efforts with this podcast. I especially enjoyed the episode on intellectual disabilities and how it impacts a life. I plan on using your podcast as material in my college course on exceptionalities. Thank you!