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Deja Vu [Jan. 9th, 2009|01:31 pm]
Beemer
I was just reading a blog entry about programming and got some serious deja vu.

And it occurred to me that there's probably nothing unusual about that. I probably have done this before.

I'm sitting in front of my computer, which is in exactly the same spot in my office it always is. I have read this same blog in the past, and it has a reasonably distinct typeface and layout; the post even follows a pattern the author has used before. I have streaming trance music playing, and since there's not an infinite supply of it, and they stream music 24/7/365, some songs (especially the popular ones) get repeated. All the environmental cues are saying "you've done this before!"

So, yeah. I guess this time it's just memory, and not some false sensation of memory due to random brainwave fluctuations.

The one thing I can't decide is: Is that more or less weird than actual deja vu?
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2009-01-10 02:41 am (UTC)
You can't decide whether thinking you've done something before when you have is weirder than thinking you've done something before when you haven't?

Neat.

I thought I was good at not taking my brain function for granted, but you win.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2009-01-10 03:12 am (UTC)
Not quite. Is it weirder thinking you've done something before when you haven't? Or thinking that you're thinking you've done something before and haven't, when actually you have?
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2009-01-10 04:02 pm (UTC)
Is it weirder remembering something that didn't happen?
Or not-quite-remembering something that did happen, and mistakenly concluding that it didn't?

Admittedly, I probably do both several times a day, and there's no good reason for me to believe I do the latter more often. But my self-image as being in some non-accidental way engaged with and primarily constrained by an actual world that is singularly isomorphic to my perceptions tends to push me to that belief anyway.
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