posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 12:26 PM
First, apologies if this is in the wrong section - mods feel free to move it.
I want to address something I've wondered about for a long time. Due to its subjective nature I've had no luck finding any info about it anywhere,
but I imagine it must be a subject that philosophers and psychologists have written about before. I just can't think of any keywords to search for
that have ever bore any fruit.
What I'm talking about is the notion, usually when meeting someone new, that they remind you of someone you already know. Is there a specific term
for this? It's almost certainly 'coincidence', but I would like this thread to address alternatives to that notion.
SO... I'll address the 'mundane' aspects first. I've noticed this 'phenomena' from time to time my whole life, but at times when I have moved to
another city or changed schools, it 'went through the roof'. A psychologist would probably say that this is simply the mind's way of comforting the
ego, in an attempt to make one feel as if they are surrounded by familiarity.
I believe that this is how the mind works - that the universe is one giant pattern that repeats itself over and over within, and that our minds and
senses are filters that discard instances of the pattern that aren't 'important'.
I think these similarities between different people do exist, but most of the time we don't notice them. And it's not like I'm consciously thinking
every time I meet someone new, "who does this person remind me of?" ...It just sort of happens. And moreso when I'm in a new environment.
NOW... when you consider all of the things about a person that can make them seem familiar, how likely is it to be truly a coincidence? Sometimes it
has very little to do with the way they look; it can happen with two people of different racial/cultural heritage and have to do strictly with
personality. Face shape and features, body type, ethnicity, mannerisms, vocal traits, personality etcetera may or may not come into play - sometimes
someone just seems 'familiar'.
I also think that some people are more 'sensitive' to noticing this kind of thing, but I think that depends on how 'observant' they might be. I'm
a visual artist and a cartoonist so I tend to notice details about people that I think others don't.
Am I noticing something else? I don't see 'auras' but it has occurred to me that it may have something to do with their 'astrological' makeup, or
something similar, like past lives or something more esoteric.
Has anyone else ever thought about this? Is there any recommended reading on the subject anyone can point me in the direction of?
I'm interested in hearing from anyone about this but like I've illustrated, I'm well aware of Occam's Razor and the way mainstream science would
explain it, so while appreciated, replies along those lines aren't really on-topic here. I'm not looking for 'proof', and I really don't have a
belief-system to 're-enforce', I'm simply interested in SPECULATION and alternative theories here.