Why & How do you explain that we humans experience what's called 'Deja Vu'?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are some scientific theories that explain it as a miss-timing of neural firing. In this case your brain would receive a signal and then the same signal almost instantly right after it which would cause you to think that the situation has happened before (which it has according to your brain a few microseconds before) and produce a sense of familiarity. The theories hypothesize that delayed signals coming from say one of your eyes or one of your ears could cause the miss-timing which would produce deja-vu.

    As for me i am not sure where it comes from. I experience it occasionally and it is probably one of the creepiest/weirdest feelings. I'm not sure how other people experience it but to me it is like i feel like i know what is going to happen, but i can never actually predict it. And when it does happen I think "Oh, yeah. That IS what was supposed to happen next." And the longer it goes on the more creepy it gets.

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  • 4 years ago

    there has been study executed in this phenomena and you're in all likelihood bearing on between the so called 3 kinds of deja vu. From WIlkepedia. maximum human beings have experienced one or all of those phenomena. kinds of déjà vu * one million.one million Déjà vécu * one million.2 Déjà senti * one million.3 Déjà visité desires, reincarnation and additionally out-of-physique holiday have been invoked to describe this phenomenon. additionally, some advise that examining an in intensity account of a place can bring about this sense while the locale is later visited.

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  • 1 decade ago

    my best guess is chemical fluctuations in the brain. there are mental disorders where people live in a constant sense / state of deja vu. I haven't researched it, but I recall reading somewhere that a lot of scholarship on the subject believes it has something to do with long term and short term memory, and how sometimes things can bounce back and forth between the two...

    you can sometimes stimulate yourself to have a deja vu moment. I find this difficult, but it is much easier to experience the opposite of deja vu, where something familiar is experienced as very very strange and unknown... an easy way to do this is to repeat (out loud is best) a familiar word over and over again for about five minutes... at some point (lasting for up to 30 seconds?) you will encounter a sensation where the words you say have absolutely NO meaning to you and you can't recall ever hearing them before (for me, simple words like "Door" work great!)

    as much as I want to believe that these are spiritual experiences, I remain skeptical. However, one could look at ALL experiences as spiritual... if this is the case, then there need be no disconnect between something that we can create as human made, and something that is innately spiritual. if we are in fact spiritual creatures, it stands to reason that manufacturing spiritual events is not impossible.

    take care... good question.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is your imagination combined with random sensory stimuli that your brain ends up processing the wrong way.

    Source(s): Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert is an interesting book on how our brains mis-process the world. Fooled by Randomess by Nassim Taleb is an invaluable book that looks at how we mistakenly attribute meaning to random phenomena.
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  • 1 decade ago

    in quatum physics there exsist the quandry of that we should not only be able to precieve the past but also the future.

    Deja Vu is a sense of familiarity with a previous perception of time wheather in dreams or in the subconscious.

    The spirtual teachings suggest the ability of man to one day see ahead.

    or even christians believe in the revalations or rather the prophecy of future events.

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  • Flea©
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    1 decade ago

    If scientists can't figure out what dreams really are and where they come from, I doubt they really know what's going on with deja vu. I had one just yesterday while baking cookies. The weird part was that it was perfect, down to the peculiar whistling noise the cookie cutter made as I removed the dough from it ( and I never had an aural deja vu before). Personally, I believe it is true precognitive glimpses of our own future seen in the past that are being lived in the present.

    It's either that, or elves.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Most psychologists think signals in the brain are getting mixed up somewhere. I experience Deja Vu frequently and I'd agree.

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  • mimi
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    1 decade ago

    There are some people who believe that Deja Vu proves that we had past lives. As a Christian I personally don't believe this theory. I experienced Deja Vu myself, when coming for the first time to the US, some areas of the Country I lived in, were very familiar to me. There is no real plausible explanation and I have given up trying to figure it out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because when we're asleep, sometimes we dream about the future but we can't remember anything when we wake up!!! and when it happens... all we can say is "it feels like this happened already!!!

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