Friday, August 5, 2011

Déjà Vu

I was just about to post a different story when I decided to grab a bite to eat, went to the kitchen and BANG! Had a flash of déjà vu, prompting me to change the subject of the day.

Ever have that uncanny feeling that you have lived a certain moment in time before? Or the feeling that you’ve been there, done that, in a dream perhaps? That sudden and fleeting ‘out of sync’ feeling can be so intense at times that it can send a chill down your spine. Some people can experience either fear or joy as a result.

Wikipedia describes it as the experience of feeling sure that one has already witnessed or experienced a current situation, even though the exact circumstances of the previous encounter are uncertain and were perhaps imagined and is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity. There are 3 different types: 1- Déjà vécu ('already experienced or lived through'); 2- Déjà senti ('already felt'); and 3- Déjà visité ('already visited'). Over two-thirds of adults report having had at least one déjà vu experience. People with vivid imaginations or those who travel frequently are more prone to them, oddly enough. It rarely ever lasts more than a few seconds.

Scientists and Psychiatrists have come up with numerous theories regarding the cause of déjà vu such as it being the result of a glitch in the brain, recognition memory, people's brains register impressions and images well before they are aware of what they have seen, or even a theory that the optical and neural paths from the two eyes may be slightly different, just to name a few. However it is impossible to prove any such theories any more, than let’s say life after death for example.

I, for one, would rather look at a less scientific side of this mysterious sense of familiarity as opposed to giving psychiatrists all the fun and glory of debunking it.

First of all, let’s look at an interesting fact: Can a blind person experience this unusual sensation? Apparently YES. University of Leeds researchers have reported the first case of a blind person experiencing déjà vu through smell, hearing and touch. Some people believe they are recollections from past lives. What about time shift theory? Or the theory that time is an illusion? Could we somehow jump a millisecond into the future? Is it our consciousness’ way to find and sync up with another reality for a very short period of time?

Interesting concepts to say the least.

"I never think of the future.
It comes soon enough."
- Albert Einstein

1 comment:

  1. it was really good post. i want to write like you(sorry for my english)