Monday, February 14, 2005

Deja vu? Scientists have the answer

"While the person experiencing deja vu begins to doubt his grasp on reality for a moment, neuro-scientists believe this 'little mistake' perpetrated by our consciousness allows them an unaccustomed window onto the processes of the consciousness.

"'Perhaps continuing research into deja vu will explain not only how memory errors occur, but also how the brain is able to establish a continuous image of reality at all,' Wolfradt says."

My first experience with deja vu -- a series of about six "jolts" of intimate familiarity within the space of an hour or so -- left me queasy with fear; I'd never experienced anything like it, and honestly suspected something was seriously amiss with my brain.

I'm inclined to think deja vu is a processing error in the brain -- maybe even a minor seizure. But if time is asymmetrical (as indicated by the Global Consciousness Project), it might be something more . . . a shadow of hyperconsciousness; a sporadic all-at-onceness that we can only endure in small doses without succumbing to vegetable-hood.

What's playing:

1.) The Smiths (The Smiths)
2.) Violator (Depeche Mode)
3.) Around the Sun (R.E.M.)
4.) Hours (David Bowie)
5.) Medulla (Bjork)