Town Hall

Didn't We Already Discuss This? (September 2014)


This month's "Been There, Done That" is all about the mystery of déjà vu—the insistent feeling that you've seen, heard, or done something before when you know for certain you haven't. Have you ever had déjà vu? What do you think is the most likely explanation? (Don't say "alien mind control.")

I think déjà vu is either to do with short and long term memory or that you've actually seen something before, but think you haven't... Or it's timey-wimey, that would make sense :)  

submitted by Emily S., age 15, Naperville IL
(August 31, 2014 - 8:07 pm)

alien mind control.

: )

maybe we have déjà vu when we have seen or heard something very similar to what gives us déjà vu, but have forgotten. 

submitted by Miss M
(September 1, 2014 - 2:00 pm)

you are right MWA HA HA HA! I have come to take over earth!

submitted by Alien Mind e086-450389, age 84346, Haslame Galaxy
(September 4, 2014 - 8:47 pm)

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submitted by Jimbot6000, age 10, Minecraft, The Internet
(September 8, 2014 - 9:57 pm)

Whenever I feel deja vu, i feel like I've experienced it before in a dream. I wonder if deja vu has something to do with dreaming?? That's what I always feel, anyway.

submitted by Caroline S., age 13, Marrietta, GA
(September 2, 2014 - 3:50 pm)

I agree with you, but I have another theory. I wonder if past lives are real...

submitted by Katie M., age 10, San Diego, CA
(September 4, 2014 - 8:50 pm)

I wonder if deja vu has something to do with dreaming? Whenever I experience deja vu I feel as if I've dreamed it before, but I can't quite remember the dream. I like the idea about the brain sending it straight to long-term memory. It kind of makes sense.

submitted by Caroline S., age 13, Marietta, GA
(September 2, 2014 - 3:53 pm)


submitted by Hello
(September 3, 2014 - 5:41 pm)

I TOTALLY agree with you Caroline :)

submitted by Marita M., age 11, Rockville, MD
(September 5, 2014 - 4:31 pm)

I've heard light waves from the Big Bang cause static, so maybe the electromagnetism of the waves interferes with your brain and causes it to think you've seen something before, or clouds your memory except for recalling.


Yeah, Ailen Mind Control sounds better.

submitted by TheGreatScientist, age -ing this very second, Yeah I mean this very second!!
(September 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm)



Minionese: Palalooli, TheGreatScientist! 

submitted by Marita M., age 11, Rockville, MD
(September 5, 2014 - 4:32 pm)

I think deja vu is when the object/person/etc. in question is something you saw with what I call a 'juxtaposition' - for example, you are reading an article and a random word catches your eye while you are reading a different section, and then you look and either don't see the word at all or you see a word/phrase that reminds you of the word. I think this happens because if you get into the mindset of the medium, you make connections faster than you sense or interpret. I think deja vu may have something to do with that - you've internally made a connection which, in your lack of concentration, showed in an abnormal way.

submitted by Elizabeth W., age 14, Portland, OR
(September 3, 2014 - 10:38 pm)

The likely explanation is that you were reincarnated and you happen to have memories from your past life, or you mother experienced the same thing while she was pregnant with you.

submitted by Queen of the World, age 10, Fantasy Land, Epic
(September 4, 2014 - 6:02 pm)

I think the most likely explanation is a little glitch in the memory and the sight goes straight into long-term memory instead of short-term first so it seems like you have seen it before. There is no evidence of a planet that can sustain life so I eliminate alien mind control with an eye roll.  I''ve never had deja vu, then closest thing I've ever had was I heard someone humming a song that I hadn't heard before for a couple years and I was like, Where have I heard that before? But then I remembered, and I actually had heard it before, so it wasn't deja vu. 

(Just saying I love Muse and my fave Muses are Urania and Kokopelli!! I love math and pies!!!!)


And the clock says December 31, 7:00 but where I am it actually is September Sixth, 10:46 AM!

submitted by MuseLoverandAwardWinningWriter, age 10+5-5-3+3, Somewhere, Earth
(September 6, 2014 - 12:46 pm)

In Joe vs. The Volcano, Joe keeps saying to the girls (Dee and Angelica and Patricia) "I feel like I've seen you before," because HE HAS!  part of the symbolism of this movie is that these girls are all played by the same actress, Meg  Ryan. So Joe had deja vu because he actually had seen them before.

(THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION IS FULL OF SPOILERS SPOILER ALERT!)                      By the way, a total digression, but Joe vs. The Volcano is really really good, full of hard to miss symbolism (in addition to the  Meg Ryan thing, you see the same shape used to symbolize "a crroked path" like 5 times ) and totally awesome and plus tom hanks looks really cool with long hair so yeah. :D so i totally reccommend it

submitted by Magdalene, age 13
(September 16, 2014 - 1:18 pm)