déjà vu revisited Jan 25, 2020 11:21:05 GMT
Post by donq on Jan 25, 2020 11:21:05 GMT
As you might already know about déjà vu experience, déjà vu in French literally means, "already seen", even you haven't seen what you are seeing yet.
As for me, I used to be a true believer in these kind of parapsychology stuffs. I mean not necause I read a lot about them, but I also got so many first-hand experiences about these. Then one day it just stopped. I honestly don't know if the world has changed or I've changed.
Anyway, last week I got one déjà vu experience after I haven't got it for years. (there was a time when I got it almost every day). To make the long short, I got a feeling that I had "been there, done that" even I haven’t yet.
I used to read somewhere by a neurologist. He said, "Déjà vu occurs because the brain uses both a 'fast' process of immediate sensation and memory, and a 'slower' process to integrate past memories and present experiences...These processes involve a number of brain networks, including regions of the sensory cortex that function in sight, hearing, touch, smell, etc.; networks of the hippocampus and temporal lobe that function in memory; and areas of the limbic system and prefrontal cortex that function in decision-making."
Well, I honestly had no idea what he was talking about. Another neurologists just called it, “false memory” which I got it better. Sometimes I believed them but sometimes I didn't. I know that our awareness might play trick with us. For example, most of the time we believe we are the ones who think/command those thoughts, our thoughts. But when we really have a very closer look (awareness/mindfulness), we might surprisingly find that most of our thoughts arise without our command. Worse than that even when we aware of them later, we still cannot control them nor stop them. And that's why we got angry, greed, making big mistakes, doing the bad things, or even kill because of them and felt so sorry after that. As if some devils possessed us to do those bad things.
Back to déjà vu, is it possible that my feeling of "been there, done that" is just my fresh awareness that has aware of feeling I've got from the very last moment? I meant, time sequences is: I have been there the first time, then dissociated myself, and looked back and seen/realized my feeling.? Sometimes, just sometimes, I kind of believe in this explanation, even I prefer about foreknowledge, precognition etc. But on the second thought, I was so sure about time sequences. I meant I was sure that "been there, done that" happened in my (precognitive) dream or precognitive feelings some time long before I really went there and seen that the first time. This I was so sure. The same as I was sure that I went to school when I was young and went to work when I was an adult. It happened chronologically. There was the separation of the time between them.
That being said, I have to admit I do believe what neurologists said about a “jamais vu” experience. Here's some explanation:
"Whereas déjà vu involves an experience of inappropriate familiarity, one can also experience the opposite illusion of recognition: inappropriate unfamiliarity, or jamais vu. More specifically, a jamais vu experience involves an objectively familiar situation that feels unfamiliar, such as walking into your bedroom and momentarily having no sense of familiarity associated with this setting. Whereas the translation of déjà vu means 'already seen', jamais vu means 'never seen.'”
Please don't get me wrong, I didn’t mean to deny the scientific knowledge/great discovery of neurology. Not at all. For example, two months ago, don't know because of my old age or my clumsiness, I slipped (it was wet) and fell on the (concrete) road. A man who saw this asked if I was okay. I said yes even I wasn't. And I got my arms ache and legs ache for weeks after that. On looking back, I really could not recall what really happened. I only remembered the moment before I slipped, and the moment after I gained my awareness back and realized I was climbing on the road. There was the gap there. Why I could not remember the moments when I had been falling to the road, kissed it, and propped myself up etc. (That was incredible, I have to say, otherwise I might got so worse injure). Is this what the psychologists called "dissociation", “dissociative amnesia”, and (mild) PTSD? I only read and heard about them a lot but never really experienced them before.
There are so many things I don't know. And it seems, with my old age, I might never will.
Please share your experiences about this. Thanks.