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Deja Vu Enigma: A Journey Through the Anomalies of Mind, Memory, and Time [Paperback]

Marie D Jones , Larry Flaxman
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press/New Page Books; 1 edition (25 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601631049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601631046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Deja Vu Enigma You feel like youave done something before...even as you do it for the very first time. You engage in a conversation and suddenly realize youave spoken those same words the very same person. Yet youare positive itas the first time youave ever met. DA(c)jA vu is the eerie sensation of arememberinga an experience or situation that never occurred. Scientific research into dA(c)jA vu has r... Full description

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A diffuse compendium 10 Sep 2010
The experience of "déjà vu" is well known to us all. It seems surprising, therefore, that many scientific pronouncements on the phenomenon lead towards a functional disorder as an answer (p34). Given that so many of us have experienced it, can it really be a symptom of an underlying psychiatric problem, like schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder? Neither can it be merely attributed to amnesia, of which much is written in this book. It is evident that the more sceptical enquiry into the matter has left common sense behind.

No wonder, then, that academic psychologists seem to leave the subject alone - the lack of a credible 'sceptical' solution opens the door for all manner of off-beat ideas, which the authors of the book review comprehensively. There is definitely something important going on here, but déjà vu is a hot potato for many scientists, as the field is "contaminated by paranormal studies" (p46).

To be fair, part of the problem for psychologists wishing to study déjà vu is that it is a rather elusive and unpredictable phenomenon. Experiencers often quickly forget what it was that they have so bizarrely remembered. Like many paranormal phenomena, the timing of an experience cannot be predicted: by the very nature of déjà vu, the pre-cognitive element is appreciated in hindsight. And even if we accept that a prior parallel event has been 'remembered', neuroscientists now question how good long-term memories really are anyway. Like a mental version of Chinese whispers, memories are re-worked each time they are recalled (pp65-6).

Perhaps better hunting-ground is to consider the déjà vu experience as a "state-specific memory".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good on explaining brain and memory 23 Jan 2013
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found this book very good at explaing memory and brain function, covers many topics that give a good basic grounding, that will inspire some people to futher reading or research
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5.0 out of 5 stars From One Author to Another 8 July 2010
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Being a person who has experienced déjà vu on several occasions, I found The Deja Vu Enigma intriguing on a personal level. If you've ever found yourself denying your déjà vu, this book will show you the realistic facts about the experiences. The theories and factual information Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman present in this book will have even the biggest skeptic questioning their opinion on the subject. Due to some of the religious views regarding déjà vu, many people may deny the theories presented in this book. In keeping an open mind, the authors will possibly change your opinion. If not, they'll get you thinking.

The authors' composure of The Deja Vu Enigma kept me reading from the beginning of the book. With a combination of personal experiences and scientific fact, it becomes an undeniable fact that we all are touched by the subject. The personal experience in the beginning of the book grabs the reader into thinking, "I've experienced that in my life." It was a genius move by the authors. I enjoyed this book immensely and it made me think deeply about the further possibilities in life and my own déjà vu. Déjà vu is a gift to us all and can be used to our advantage. For anyone who's ever had a déjà vu enigma, this is a must read! Even if you haven't, I guarantee you'll find this book very intriguing.-R.J. Hamilton (author of Self Convictions & Self Consciousness)Self ConvictionsSelf Consciousness (Volume 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much More than Déjà vu 15 April 2013
By Cynthia Sue Larson - Published on
The Déjà vu Enigma delves into a number of fascinating metaphysical topics that weave together with a central, recurring theme of déjà vu--that eerie sensation of 'remembering' an experience or situation before it occurs. Wherever possible, authors Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman reference current scientific studies and research, providing additional insights into what might be going on behind the scenes in our mysterious world.

In addition to déjà vu, some of the related areas covered include: out of body experiences (OBE), astral travel, prodigies and savants, fugues, blackouts, amnesia, schizophrenia, confabulation, ghosts, talking with the dead, and mass hysteria.

While no specific cause of déjà vu is provided as generally agreed upon, many possible explanations are provided, such as the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics, malfunctions of the brain, ego defense mechanisms or forgotten dreams.

This book is organized more in the form of a buffet table than a many course-meal, presenting ideas to readers in such a way that they can pick and choose from a rather wide variety of scientific expert opinions, experiential reports and theories.

I particularly enjoyed the question and answer section featuring responses from Michael Schmicker, Pamela Heath, Stanley Krippner, Nick Redfern, Loyd Auerbach, Jay Alfred, Meghan Shannon, and Dale E. Graff to such questions as, "What role do you think belief plays in the manifestation of paranormal phenomenon?"

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for any new age or brain science collection! 18 Oct 2010
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Paranormal researcher Larry Flaxman works with Marie D. Jones in this outstanding scientific research piece, which covers short-term memory issues, neuropsychological disorders, and parallel realities alike. Its focus is on mysteries of the mind, and its chapters consider how the brain perceives reality and how dream states and parallel universes work in brain and time perception. Highly recommended for any new age or brain science collection!
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes, Yes 2 Jun 2013
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Can be a little complicated but if you take your time, remember seld, connect with self you will understand and renew yourself...
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book as an opener for a different kind of theories 23 Mar 2013
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Initially the book is slow but then it provides a lot of different kind of issues of the mind. Presents as well different theories that tries to explain why those issues happen. Also addresses where to continue researching in case any topic really interests the reader.
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