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Monday, February 21, 2005

Déjà vu All Over Again

Twice this week Kid Various has had the Déjà vu experience. Once while getting a security briefing and once while settling into his new office. It’s a very specific feeling. When the Kid was, indeed, a kid – he explained it as projecting a movie onto a wall, freezing one image and then painting that image on the wall, rolling back the film and playing it again.

For just one instant, the moving image would exactly match the image on the wall.

And then it’d be gone.

It’s a cool feeling, but, not to disappoint the flakes who consider it some sort of mystical experience, it probably just has to do with a small glitch in your brain laying down short term memory. Your brain module for “familiarity” misfires.

Interesting how what we think of as one continuous process, perception, is really a bunch of separate processes. You only notice that when something goes wrong. Kinda like when your hammer breaks.

2 Comments:

At Monday, February 21, 2005 at 8:55:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's either:

a) misfiling of short-term memory into long-term memory; or
b) an adjustment of our reality because of time travel

;-)

 
At Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:28:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Idiomatic Ruth said...

This is my favorite idiom, I use it quite often, thanks for the explanation.

 

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