5 episodes

What is Fugues? The quick answer - it’s The Moth with neuroscience and music (and a bit of sci-fi...)

The detailed answer - a fugue, conventionally, is:

(1) a piece of music with multiple melodies played at the same time and...
(2) a trance state where a person experiences amnesia, and loses their sense of self.

Both uses of the word have a beginning, middle and end. Taking a bit of license, each story we tell in this podcast will be called a fugue. And each fugue will illustrate a handful of mental ingredients.

A fugue will also refer to any temporary mental state one is in. For example, you are currently in a podcast description-reading fugue.

Hosted by Gabriel Berezin, some fugues will be autobiographical, others will come from special guests, and others may be...science-fictional.

Fugues Gabriel Berezin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

What is Fugues? The quick answer - it’s The Moth with neuroscience and music (and a bit of sci-fi...)

The detailed answer - a fugue, conventionally, is:

(1) a piece of music with multiple melodies played at the same time and...
(2) a trance state where a person experiences amnesia, and loses their sense of self.

Both uses of the word have a beginning, middle and end. Taking a bit of license, each story we tell in this podcast will be called a fugue. And each fugue will illustrate a handful of mental ingredients.

A fugue will also refer to any temporary mental state one is in. For example, you are currently in a podcast description-reading fugue.

Hosted by Gabriel Berezin, some fugues will be autobiographical, others will come from special guests, and others may be...science-fictional.

    Keeper of the Peace Officer | Fate and Biology | 3

    Keeper of the Peace Officer | Fate and Biology | 3

    How does increased power impact human minds? It’s almost not someone’s fault if empathy wanes as power accumulates. In fact, it’s basically inevitable.

    Joe Smarro, one of the subjects of the HBO documentary, "Crisis Cops: Ernie and Joe," is an exception to the rule. Joe is a police officer and trainer who gives a Master Class in how to sidestep fate when encountering people in crisis. We hear a few fugues from Joe illustrating what it's like to be a cop in these situations. And we give it the post-fugue treatment with inner voice, helping us to understand the cognitive effects of power and how to avoid unnecessary conflict.

    Join us for the third and final part of this series on fate and biology.

    • 45 min
    Bonding, for Better or Worse | Fate & Biology | 2

    Bonding, for Better or Worse | Fate & Biology | 2

    Why do we help strangers? And why do we love revenge stories so much?  The same thing that connects those questions connects us all - bonding.

    There’s an invisible line between groups of people - it can be a thin dotted line between acquaintances, a steel girder between mother and child, or a series of chain links between millions of people in the same country.

    In Part 2 of this series on fate and biology, we identify the brain chemical that plays a central role in how we bond, and explore why certain group behaviors are inevitable. 

    • 30 min
    The Brain's Molotov Cocktail | Fate & Biology | 1

    The Brain's Molotov Cocktail | Fate & Biology | 1

    You ever get in a fight? I did. Once. Wearing my Red Sox hat at Yankee Stadium. Me (and two Yankees fans) were basically high on an aggressive cocktail of brain chemicals that forced our collective hand. Stupid, pointless violence with strangers that almost cost me an eye.

    This episode’s fugue will describe the experience, followed by Inner Voice and I doing a post-fugue analysis. Together we’ll review the ingredients of a lethal cocktail that drove me into a dangerous, seemingly unavoidable situation.

    This is Part 1 of a three-part series about fate and biology, sharing the experience of situations that find us “stuck in time,” unable to avoid fate.

    • 17 min
    Why so Irrational?

    Why so Irrational?

    Why are we so prone to bad logic? We’re going to hear two everyday fugues in this episode: the search for a lost spatula and a spilled beer. The real story here is how easy it is to be irrational. Who is “we” in this episode? It’s me and my inner voice obviously. Inner Voice and I will do some post-fugue analysis to find out what mental phenomena are at play while I make really bad assumptions about events in my surroundings. By the end of the episode maybe you’ll appreciate why we’re actually doing a lot better than we think we are as a society given how mistake-prone our brains are.

    • 16 min
    Trailer

    Trailer

    What's a fugue? In this podcast it's a story - a story that sheds light on how our conscious experience of any given moment operates. Find out what each fugue tell us about the basic ingredients of mind.

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Kei Mck ,

Entertaining, educational and hilarious

Having Gabe’s voice swim in your brain while discussing neuroscience for novices is such a delightful experience. This show is the perfect mix of creativity and humor. It’s thought provoking and unpredictable and makes you understand yourself and the world at large. There are moments when I literally lol’d and other times when I sat with my mouth agape shocked at the findings. The stories are succinct, compelling, and relatable. I can’t wait to hear more. Definitely keeping this one in my regular podcast rotation and going to share with all my friends.

Jake DB ,

Funny, Insightful, and memorable

Love the mixture of stories, science and humor.

TW* ,

It’s got it all!

Learning, relatable situations, and lots of humor, in well-crafted episodes that leave you wanting more! A great listen every time.

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