Monday, 1 July 2013

déjà vu

Have you ever, or more to the point, when did you last, experience something so vivid you were convinced it had happened before? The boffins will tell you it’s an eye thing. Apparently one of our eyes is slightly more dominant than the other and can, on rare occasions processes information a fraction of a second quicker than the other, in the blink of an eye in fact. The result of this momentary glitch in our optical neural pathways can produce an erroneous impression of recognition; “I’ve been here before; I‘m sure I have.” Yes you have, about 400 milliseconds ago, the time it takes for the brain to process the information from the dominant eye.

Okay, that’s déjà vu explained; well not quite…

Déjà vu is not just confined to visual recognition, it can include hearing a conversation for the first time yet knowing pretty much what’s coming next. The telephone rings and you  know who is on the other end, even though you‘re not expecting a call from that party anytime soon. How often have you been engaged in conversation with someone when for no reason you both say the same thing at the same time.

Arguably these examples are nothing more than coincidence, with no paranormal link whatsoever. In the case of two individuals saying the same thing at the same time, this can probably be explained as a sudden impromptu association between two people to the subject matter under discussion. Familiarity with a friend or family member may also explain these coincidences. How often have you heard the expression “we’re on the same wavelength you and me.” In other words we think alike, something very common with identical twins. Could déjà vu be nothing more than familiarity with ones’ friends and family. We are more attuned to those close to us, that‘s for sure. But how do you explain cases of déjà vu that are not linked to family or friends, are these just coincidences too. And how do you explain visiting somewhere you have never been before and knowing what’s down the next street. Maybe you saw the street on television, or perhaps a photograph in a brochure or magazine; a magazine you have no recollection of reading. Is the dominant eye theory once again the answer. You browse vapidly, unaware that the brain is retaining images and text which are stored in our subconscious.

I am of the opinion that déjà vu is most likely a product of harmony between one or more people with a close bond. I am also of the opinion that déjà vu could be attributed to an optical deferment of a memory that has been retained somewhere in our subconscious and only brought to the forefront when a match is registered.

If you have examples of déjà vu, then please email me, I would like to hear from you.

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