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The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, "already seen." Those who have experienced the feeling describe it as an overwhelming sense of familiarity with something that shouldn't be familiar at all. Say, for example, you are traveling to England for the first time. You are touring a cathedral, and suddenly it seems as if you have been in that very spot before. Or maybe you are having dinner with a group of friends, discussing some current political topic, and you have the feeling that you've already experienced this very thing -- same friends, same dinner, same topic.
The phenomenon is rather complex, and there are many different theories as to why déjà vu happens. Swiss scholar Arthur Funkhouser suggests that there are several "déjà experiences" and asserts that in order to better study the phenomenon, the nuances between the experiences need to be noted. In the examples mentioned above, Funkhouser would describe the first incidence as déjà visité ("already visited") and the second as déjà vecu ("already experienced or lived through").
Originally posted by DAF
Can anybody explain how this works?
Is there really a science benind this or is it purely of a higher level?
If it is of a higher nature then if we could control it and manipulate it we could see the future. Going a bit overboard but I have been thinking about it for a while.
But then when we experience dejavu it mainly relates to ourselves. Not too sure about that. To me it seems that this experience is a personal one.
Any comments guys?
12/07/05 / South Africa / 15:28pm