1 January, 2013
Have you ever had a
déjà vu experience?
It's the feeling, or impression that you have already witnessed or
experienced a current situation.
The term déjà vu is French and means, literally, "already seen."
It is a rather common, yet little understood phenomenon. Most of us
have experienced being in a new place and feeling certain that we
have been there before, but we have difficulties understanding how
it is possible.
For a long time, this eerie sensation has been attributed to
everything from paranormal disturbances to neurological disorders.
In recent years, as more scientists began studying this phenomenon,
a number of theories about déjà vu have emerged, suggesting that it
is not merely a glitch in our brain's memory system.
Psychologists have suggested that déjà vu may occur when specific
aspects of a current situation resemble certain aspects of
previously occurring situations.
If there is a lot of overlap between the elements of the new and old
situations, we get a strong feeling of familiarity.
Alternative explanations associate déjà vu with prophecy, past life
memories, clairvoyance, or a mystic signpost indicating fulfillment
of a predetermined condition on the journey of life.
Whatever the explanation, déjà vu is certainly a phenomenon that is
universal to the human condition, and its fundamental cause is still
Is a copy of yourself
living in a parallel universe
the reason why you
experience déjà vu?
Another intriguing possibility is that there is a hidden connection
between déjà vu and the existence of parallel universes.
As some already know,
the multiverse is a theory in which our
universe is not the only one, but states that many universes exist
parallel to each other. These distinct universes within the
multiverse theory are called parallel universes.
According to Dr. Kaku, quantum physics states that there is the
possibility that déjà vu might be caused by your ability to "flip
between different universes".
Dr. Michio Kaku explains one theory behind déjà vu and asks,
"Is it ever possible on any scale to
perhaps flip between different universes?"
Dr. Kaku mentions, Professor Steve Weinberg,
theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner,
supports the idea of
Steve Weinberg says that there are an infinite number of parallel
realities coexisting with us in the same room.
"There are hundreds of different radio waves being broadcast all
around you from distant stations.
At any given instant, your office
or car or living room is full of these radio waves. However if you
turn on a radio, you can listen to only one frequency at a time;
these other frequencies are not in phase with each other.
Each station has a different frequency, a different energy. As a
result, your radio can only be turned to one broadcast at a time.
Likewise, in our universe we are tuned into the frequency that
corresponds to physical reality.
But there are an infinite number of parallel realities coexisting
with us in the same room, although we cannot tune into them."
While your radio is tuned to pick up a certain frequency and thus a
single radio station, our universe consists of atoms that are
oscillating at a unique frequency that other universes are not
Universes are usually not "in phase", that is vibrating at the same
frequency, with each other due to the divisions caused by time, but
when they are "in phase" it is theoretically possible to "move back
and forth" between universes.
So although it is "uncertain", it could be possible that when you
are experiencing déjà vu, you are "vibrating in unison" with a
parallel universe, explains Dr. Kaku
Perhaps our déjà vu experiences are a window into a parallel