What is déjà vu?
Science attempts to explain what feels like a wrinkle in time.
You know the feeling. For a split second, your mind tells you that you’ve experienced this precise moment before — despite the fact that every moment is truly brand new.
Numerous theories have been floated to explain the phenomenon of déjà vu, ranging from primordial memory recall to a glitch in the Matrix.
In a new TEDEducation animation, educator Michael Molina boils modern science’s best guesses about déjà vu down to a few hypotheses. Noting recent advances in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, Molina narrows the field of about 40 theories to the three most prevalent and plausible, as paraphrased here:
Dual processes: As the many events within any one moment unfold, the brain processes the events through numerous neurological pathways and compiles them into a single experience. Though the pathways normally operate in sync, a delay in any single pathway’s transmission causes the brain to interpret the late information as a separate event. When the delayed information finally arrives, it plays over the rest of the compiled experience, leading to the feeling that the event is happening for a second time.
Holograms: Old and new memories alike are stored in the form of holograms, and just a single fragment of the hologram is required to “see” the whole picture. When some small element of a new experience reminds you of something from the past, the brain confuses the new fragment with one from an older holographic memory. Without your recognizing that an earlier memory is being tapped, the conscious brain registers the entire new experience as having happened before. This theory is also referred to as “past confusion.”
Divided attention: The brain absorbs the entirety of an experience even when you’re distracted from the bigger picture by a small detail. When your attention returns, the event is superimposed on top of information the brain has already recorded, leaving you with the feeling that the event has occurred before. That is, the unconscious brain already has an experience that is new to the conscious brain. The experience feels new because you weren’t paying attention as it was happening.
While each of the three theories is based on what neuroscientists now understand about the brain, none is conclusive. Molina suggests at the close of his video that we can be the subjects of our own scientific experiments by taking a moment right after a new déjà vu experience to consider what we were thinking of immediately before it. Perhaps one of the above theories will feel right, or perhaps we’ll gain insight to an entirely new idea. Or perhaps we’ll gain insight to an entirely new idea.
Photo: Still from the video "What is déjà vu? What is déjà vu? - Michael Molina" (TEDEducation via YouTube, http://youtu.be/foVMwJtlR5s)
"They are talking science here...that means it has to be 1.) consistent with known proven theory and 2.) observable."
Former U.S. President Abraham LIncoln initial, A L reverse L A = ALLA = Allah = God is consistent with known proven theory and observable.
Is this scientific enough? I read web page report about former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and his wife hearing voices and probably seeing vision while living at the White House.
Since I hear voices, see visions and from time to time get possessed, I am sure former U.S. President Abraham LIncoln and his wife's religious experience is accurate.
Former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was credited at freeing Black slaves during the Civil War. Who is now the U.S. President. U.S. President Barack Obama is serving his second term in office as U.S. President. He is also the first Black elected as U.S. President. In my opinion I can be wrong former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln initial and the first Black U.S. President Barack Obama are consistent proven theory that God selected both men and both are observable, so are scientific evidences that God exists.
I hearing voices, I seeing visions, and I getting possessed from time to time enable I to testify that former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln initial and the first Black U.S. President Barack Obama are both evidences that God exists.
I have another evidence. BC = Before Christ = Benjamin Corpus. Actually, BC infers Before The Death Of Christ. In my opinion I can be wrong you can also interpret BC = Before Christ base on the actual initial.
In my opinion I can be wrong the inference is before the death of Jesus Christ, God already maybe writing a script or a plan for my life to be an authenticated religious reporter.
God provided I with many evidences that God exists that is consistent with know theories and observable, so essentially my evidences are what you may call scientific.
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