What gives you Deja vu?

We have all some experience of a feeling, that comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said and done before, in a remote time—of our having been surrounded, dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances—of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remembered it! – Charles Dickens

Verily I say, the human soul is exalted above all egress and regress. It is still, and yet it soareth; it moveth, and yet it is still. It is, in itself, a testimony that beareth witness to the existence of a world that is contingent, as well as to the reality of a world that hath neither beginning nor end. Behold how the dream thou hast dreamed is, after the lapse of many years, re-enacted before thine eyes. Consider how strange is the mystery of the world that appeareth to thee in thy dream. Ponder in thine heart upon the unsearchable wisdom of God, and meditate on its manifold revelations…. – Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah, p. 161.

I had my first déjà vu experience, a dream re-enacted before my eyes, when I was ten years old.

My father and I had gone fishing, to a remote mountain lake near the Canadian border in Washington State, a place neither of us had ever gone before. We arrived near dusk, and walked into the little store and ranger station near the lake to get a campsite for the night. As soon as I crossed the threshold, I knew—absolutely knew, without any doubt—that I had been there before. Everything was familiar. I knew exactly where the bait rack and the soda machine and the little pot-bellied stove would be–before I looked. I knew what the man behind the counter would be wearing, and precisely how he would tip his faded blue hat to greet us. I knew how my father would respond before he spoke. I knew that a black Labrador retriever would get up from behind the warm stove and come over to say hello.

black-lab As I stood there with that friendly black Lab nuzzling my hand, astonished at this overwhelming feeling of precognition, I remembered my dream of going fishing with my father. Three years past, when I was seven, I had dreamed about this very spot vividly, and had stored it in my mind in great detail. I recalled the dream and saw that it matched the reality. As soon as I realized that I had dreamed this moment years before, a shiver went down my spine. I knew, suddenly, that somewhere in the strangeness of the past and present colliding, I had discovered something profound. Since that first instance of déjà vu, I’ve had a few more, always when I least expected, and always catching me completely by surprise.

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Q&A

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What chemical reaction in the brain causes deja vu?

Dejavu occurs when present events R processed in the parahippocampal cortex(past events), instead of the amygdala(present events).

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What causes Deja Vu?? | Yahoo Answers

No one can be positive about what causes déjà vu, but it's probably just a misfire in the brain, an anomaly of memory. It's not real, just your brain/memory playing tricks on you.

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What causes deja vu?

De ja Vu occurs when we recall a similar event where the brain short circuits sending an event to memory for a split second before putting it into consciousness

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