the illusion of now.

Time and the brain: the illusion of now.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BEuNa1Vp_b0

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déjà vu — already seen.

scientists desribe déjà vu as a feeling that a particular situation is familiar to you, even if you have never experienced it before, a false memory of a current happening. i disagree — it is the description of not the true déjà vu phenomenon. i have had many times the true déjà vu experience. when i was much younger i even put it on test, because the ‘already seen’ memory events were longer back then, allowing to change my actions and see what happens next. for example in one case i was sure i had seen the exact situation just a few weeks before in a dream and one woman was about to appear from behind the corner of the building, where i should have seen her up close. instead of going towards that corner of the building i turned, made a few steps and stopped to see if the woman appears. she did.. exactly the same woman, and walked exactly the same way as i saw it in my dream. these experiments with déjà vu (i didn’t know back then the term, but i knew the phenomenon exists and is nothing special) clarified to me that one can change the future which one has seen in dreams, or felt otherwise, which means that future is not predestined.

some memory training techniques a bad idea.

for years i have known about the memory training technique using imaginary sequences of events attaching them to required information to remember.. and it never attracted me regardless i am interested in improving my memory. not that i’ve got a bad memory but i do wish to make it better (i have my own techniques to train my brain). now i kind of get it why the above mentioned technique has never been interesting to me — it’s because you create imaginary made up sequences of events which may look like kind of hallucinations for your brain, creating more mess than benefit from memorized information. this my conclusion makes even more sense when i think back to the interview with the world champion of a memory competition who admitted that he was jobless for several years already not being able to find work. perhaps his general behavior was giving hints that his brain was full of meaningless made up stories (from endless trainings just to remember a small amount of necessary data). that’s my explanation now, for myself, why i never liked these specific memory training techniques. you better only acquire meaningful information and think logically, for your subconscious mind making sense of the information, supporting your thoughts and actions.