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(Smithsonian Magazine)   The science of déjà vu. This is not a repeat   (blogs.smithsonianmag.com) divider line 29
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2013-07-17 09:16:12 AM
They're memories of past lives, duh.
 
2013-07-17 09:16:47 AM
I seem to remember this headline when it was: "The science of déjà vu. You only think this is a repeat"
 
2013-07-17 09:16:56 AM
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2013-07-17 09:19:52 AM
What about vuja de?  The feeling you have no idea where you are nor what the hell is happening?  I get that more frequently.
 
2013-07-17 09:34:10 AM
I don't care if anyone believes me, but I occasionally have prescient dreams.  Usually they are related to something totally mundane, like lying on the couch watching a television show that hasn't yet debuted, or having a conversation with someone about something boring.  They're always realized when I'm at a major turning point in my life.  The strangest part is that when I realize that what is happening had already occurred in a dream months before, I actively try to alter the outcome but I can't.  Like I'm about to use a particular phrase and I can't change it.  I say it anyway.  When the dreams are realized, it feels exactly the same as deja vu, but it's a different phenomenon.
 
2013-07-17 09:47:28 AM
The guy in the picture's cousin:


i2.kym-cdn.com
 
2013-07-17 10:01:17 AM
So its basically the brain throwing a CRC error?
 
2013-07-17 10:02:41 AM

biyaaatci: lying on the couch watching a television show that hasn't yet debuted, or having a conversation with someone about something boring.


Worst super power ever ;)
 
2013-07-17 10:03:31 AM

biyaaatci: I don't care if anyone believes me, but I occasionally have prescient dreams.  Usually they are related to something totally mundane, like lying on the couch watching a television show that hasn't yet debuted, or having a conversation with someone about something boring.  They're always realized when I'm at a major turning point in my life.  The strangest part is that when I realize that what is happening had already occurred in a dream months before, I actively try to alter the outcome but I can't.  Like I'm about to use a particular phrase and I can't change it.  I say it anyway.  When the dreams are realized, it feels exactly the same as deja vu, but it's a different phenomenon.


I have a few really odd things that happen(Not as much with dreams though):

>>>I wake up before the phone rings, or someone comes home. Like about 15 seconds or so before. If I take a quick nap after work, I'll wake up, and then hear the garage door open, even if it's a Saturday morning and my wife ran to the store while I was sleeping in. No set timeframe, so it isn't my internal clock(Which works amazingly well) kicking in. In my 20's, friends that knew I grabbed a quick nap after I got off work in the afternoon just gave up and quit asking if they'd woken me.

>>>I was rooming with a buddy I went to HS with, and had to work on Christmas. He went back down to the town we went to HS in, and was coming back that day. I went to sleep after work, had a dream where the door opened and he poked his head in to say 'Hey, just wanted to let you know we were home.'. I said 'So how was the trip?'. His answer was 'Fine, but Mike wants you to call him.'. End of dream, I wake up, and 15 or so seconds later, the phone rings, and it's the Mike in question.

>>>For most of my 20's, I would wait tables nights, and then party until 3 or 4 am, so I would sleep until noon or so. I woke up one morning at about 11:45 with the urge to watch the news at noon. This didn't go away, I kept coming back to it over and over and over. I turn on the news, and a friend of mine who had just come back into town(We hadn't even gotten a chance to hang out yet) had been at the lake and drowned. It was the lead story and ran exactly once, because a few hours later, some heiress happened to drown at the same lake, and that took over the news. Never woken up with the desire to watch the news since.

>>>One job I had at a restaurant, I was walking past the bar, and the phone rang. My first thought was 'That's for me.', even though nobody had ever called at work. Lo and behold, it was for me, and it was the only call I ever got there, and the only time I ever had that pop into my head.

>>>I can be just sitting there doing nothing, and suddenly a person will pop into my head, and the phone will ring within a few seconds with that person, usually my wife, but I've even had it happen with her ex-husband and my landlord.

>>>With deja-vu, I can sometimes predict exactly what's going to happen next, and after that, and after that. I think the longest I've been able to go is about 20-30 seconds before it starts to fizzle.

There are a few of these other odd things that happen, but I can't make them work on demand, so unfortunately I can't buy a winning lottery ticket, although I can roam the casinos, and if I'm not trying for this to happen, I can get an urge to play a specific machine and win something minor on my first or second spin. Spent a night with nothing to do but wait for the bus, and I spun my friend's and my last $2.50 into a night of food, drinking and souvenirs, winning $10-$15 off of a quarter or two every time our money got low. Probably hit 6-7 out of 10 times that night, and strung that $2.50 into about $60.
 
2013-07-17 10:15:13 AM
I had déjà vu so often during my teens/early twenties that I used to joke about having been reincarnated as the same person.  Then at 31 I had my first epileptic seizure.  I preferred my first explanation.
 
2013-07-17 10:15:56 AM
When I experience déjà vu it isn't about an unfamiliar place seemng familliar, but rather I am experiencing an event all over again. It will be something like a converation, where everything the person is saying will feel like I heard them say already exactly the same way in the same place.
 
2013-07-17 10:37:26 AM
Regardless of synapse chemical mechanism and locale in the brain, I treat deja vu and tip of the tongue like memory pointers. You can actively know about the pointer the memory, but something additional is/was needed to jar actual access to the memory block.

What's that street name?
Will know it when I see it (brain jars the memory, does a Fast Fourier on the image or whatever, and then can access)

Deja vu to me is different than tip of the tongue in that the "pointer" tells your brain this scene is very much like something you saw before, and if the new memory stored a good chance that the underlying memory that the pointer references is doing double duty to store the details, but the pointer is fully shared between the two.

I bet the motherscratchers that walk around oblivious tapping at the devices have less instances of deja vu. Their brain doesn't even get to take in the scenes.
 
2013-07-17 10:38:36 AM
For me, it feels like the final piece of a puzzle clicks into place to complete a picture in my mind I've seen before - like if I'm in a place I've never been before, and someone in a yellow jacket (for example) walks into view - *click* - mental snapshot that I *swear* I've seen before even if never in my life have I been in that exact circumstance.

Never understood it, but always wondered how it worked, almost like mental time-travel and memories of things in my own life that haven't happened yet, only revealing themselves when I reach that moment on my own timeline... the mind works in mysterious ways.
 
2013-07-17 10:40:57 AM
It's a glitch in the Matrix. It usually happens when they change something.
 
2013-07-17 10:46:11 AM
www.litigationps.com

Someone kick the matrix server.
i.qkme.me

/don't forget sex before you check out
 
2013-07-17 10:49:14 AM

biyaaatci: I don't care if anyone believes me, but I occasionally have prescient dreams.  Usually they are related to something totally mundane, like lying on the couch watching a television show that hasn't yet debuted, or having a conversation with someone about something boring.  They're always realized when I'm at a major turning point in my life.  The strangest part is that when I realize that what is happening had already occurred in a dream months before, I actively try to alter the outcome but I can't.  Like I'm about to use a particular phrase and I can't change it.  I say it anyway.  When the dreams are realized, it feels exactly the same as deja vu, but it's a different phenomenon.


Maybe you're just smarter than the average bear, with touch of the ADD.

Or it's just God trying to talk to you.
 
2013-07-17 10:50:39 AM

Kimpak: So its basically the brain throwing a CRC error?


Get cracking on learning different ways to remember what you already know.
 
2013-07-17 10:57:27 AM
déjà vu is just you respawing
 
2013-07-17 11:27:29 AM
For me, it feels like the final piece of a puzzle clicks into place to complete a picture in my mind I've seen before - like if I'm in a place I've never been before, and someone in a yellow jacket (for example) walks into view - *click* - mental snapshot that I *swear* I've seen before even if never in my life have I been in that exact circumstance.

Never understood it, but always wondered how it worked, almost like mental time-travel and memories of things in my own life that haven't happened yet, only revealing themselves when I reach that moment on my own timeline... the mind works in mysterious ways.
 
2013-07-17 11:34:41 AM

LZeitgeist: For me, it feels like the final piece of a puzzle clicks into place to complete a picture in my mind I've seen before - like if I'm in a place I've never been before, and someone in a yellow jacket (for example) walks into view - *click* - mental snapshot that I *swear* I've seen before even if never in my life have I been in that exact circumstance.

Never understood it, but always wondered how it worked, almost like mental time-travel and memories of things in my own life that haven't happened yet, only revealing themselves when I reach that moment on my own timeline... the mind works in mysterious ways.


Whoa, deja vue.
 
2013-07-17 11:57:44 AM
I had deja vu once in college. The only time I've ever had it. I walked into a room and saw something on the window and it hit me. Then a minute or so later another guy walked into the room, looked at the same window, and got weirded out by deja vu of his own.
 
2013-07-17 12:27:10 PM
Apres vouz
 
2013-07-17 12:45:47 PM
George Carlin: Just had that... I don't know it's weird. Just had that little feeling, you ever get that funny little feeling Vuja De? No, not Deja Vu. This is Vuja De. This is the strange feeling that somehow, this has never happened before. And then it's gone..
 
2013-07-17 01:31:18 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: [i1.ytimg.com image 320x180]


Came for this, leaving satisfied.

/Tonight, on "It's The Mind"...
 
2013-07-17 03:38:37 PM

Solon Isonomia: LZeitgeist: For me, it feels like the final piece of a puzzle clicks into place to complete a picture in my mind I've seen before - like if I'm in a place I've never been before, and someone in a yellow jacket (for example) walks into view - *click* - mental snapshot that I *swear* I've seen before even if never in my life have I been in that exact circumstance.

Never understood it, but always wondered how it worked, almost like mental time-travel and memories of things in my own life that haven't happened yet, only revealing themselves when I reach that moment on my own timeline... the mind works in mysterious ways.

Whoa, deja vue.


Wow, you felt it too?

Weird...
 
2013-07-17 09:44:51 PM

biyaaatci: I don't care if anyone believes me, but I occasionally have prescient dreams.  Usually they are related to something totally mundane, like lying on the couch watching a television show that hasn't yet debuted, or having a conversation with someone about something boring.  They're always realized when I'm at a major turning point in my life.  The strangest part is that when I realize that what is happening had already occurred in a dream months before, I actively try to alter the outcome but I can't.  Like I'm about to use a particular phrase and I can't change it.  I say it anyway.  When the dreams are realized, it feels exactly the same as deja vu, but it's a different phenomenon.


I get that with out them being around any turning point. Just a clear recollection of having dreamt about it already. It's never been about anything earthshaking. Occasionally I'll even get the whole "Whoa dreamed this already. In the dream. Which I repeat irl.
 
2013-07-17 10:28:20 PM
Do you ever that feeling of Vu-Jada?
That feeling that somehow, none of this has ever happened before?
Like this thread??
 
2013-07-17 10:29:03 PM
Or was that said already?
 
2013-07-17 10:48:38 PM
Seizures

Brain just thinks it has seen it before. Hit me hard for a day before a gran mal. It was farking trippy.
 
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