The Deja Vu Experience Essay

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The Déjà Vu Experience
People of all varieties in all parts of the world have reported experiencing déjà vu. According to Art Funkhouser, creator of the Déjà Experience Research website, a variety of people, young and old, both within and outside the U.S.A. have sent him unsolicited accounts of their déjà experiences (Funkhouser, 2014). On his website, he posts these firsthand narratives as a resource for other researchers and so that visitors who have experienced the phenomena may parallel their own accounts with those reported to him. He provides a page where visitors can submit their encounter with déjà vu to augment the rapidly expanding database. The following accounts are extracted ...view middle of the document...

I have to keep going and then I feel like I reach a point where it’s over. The duality portion of my actions is over and the feeling gradually goes away.”
The second account from the Déjà Experience Research website is from J., who was 18 years old at the time and attending the University of Florida. He relates that he experienced a marked increase of déjà vu after he experimented, at the behest of a friend, with the “legal” psychoactive drug salvinorin at the end of his senior year of high school. At the time of the drug use, he reported that he did not experience any hallucinogenic effect, but that his friend did. It was then several weeks later, while smoking marijuana that he began having instances of déjà vu that would last for hours. J. stated, “everything for the whole time I was high (at least an hour) seemed like déjà vu, my thoughts, what my friend was doing and saying; everything I was doing I had done before.” Although J. had used marijuana before, déjà vu had never presented previous to the salvinorin use, but now he appears to...

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