My first post. And a quick warning. The title "scientist" is like "fireman" to a child for me. If I lived my fantasy life, I would be a researcher of some sort...or perhaps a professional scholar. Ahhh...the life. Alas, I am none of those things and so am grossly uneducated on most of these matters. As such, I will try to convey what I "know" and hope someone with more education can point me in a better direction. So here goes. Every time I am involved in a discussion on dejavu (or experience it myself) it's usually the same: a fleeting feeling of "I've seen this before" or "I totally dreamt that." After a fun debate with someone who swore it was a tale of the future, I fired up the...ahem...tobacco pipe to reflect, and I think I'm on to something. My understanding of the eye is that it doesn't capture motion, rather a bunch of images in a short time and this is in turn perceived as motion by our brain, right? So if that's the case, then no matter how small, there is a period of time between what actually happened, and when our brain tell us it happened...right? I also recently saw a Nova special (at least, it was hosted by Neil DeGrasse, maybe not Nova specifically), where he investigated various magic tricks. Turns out our eyes lock on to things in motion, and our brain attempts to determine the destination of said object. Some sort of hunter's mechanism (so we could catch mammoths, I assume). So with those two things, I wondered. Is it possible that perhaps throughout our day our eyes and brains are playing this sort of game: picture taken -> picture sent to brain -> brain notes and uses picture for reference -> brain tries to tell you what happens next (where the mammoth will be in 2 seconds) and every once in a while there's a hiccup? Like maybe picture taken -> picture sent to brain -> picture lost in the mail -> brain still tries to interpret what it has, and makes the most out of the missing info. Does that make sense? For whatever reason, there are missing pictures but our brain still attempts to make sense of the series of events happening around us; and perhaps it sends a signal of the next actions to us before we "see" them. I am quite interested in Deja Vu as I've experienced it myself. I just don't like tacking on any theories that simply have no basis (simple math can explain "dreams of the future", so that's out the window). But there has to be some explanation. I did realize last night that in fact, I haven't experienced Deja Vu in a long time, and can remember the moments becoming farther and fewer between as I aged. So perhaps, like most other aspects of our being, this is something that happens as our brains get things straightened out. Has any (legitimate) research been done on this? Are my thoughts even close to holding water? How would a scientist even test this sort of thing? That's it. If this doesn't get me booted from the forum, prepare for my questions on the book "The Secret Life of Plants;" or as I like to call it, 300+ paper airplanes waiting to be made.