What special physical / mental gifts do you possess ?

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Originally posted by one_raven
Me too.
It is usually shortly after it turns yellow. :wink:
Haaa! True, but I guess I mean yellow. I usually snap my fingers to show others in the car when it will happen and then it turns yellow within a split second of my snap.
 
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Originally posted by Artman
Haaa! True, but I guess I mean yellow. I usually snap my fingers to show others in the car when it will happen and then it turns yellow within a split second of my snap.
I'm not sure what you attribute this talent to, but it makes me speculate whether or not there might be such a thing as "perfect timing" in the same sence is there is such a thing as "perfect pitch". This would mean that once you know the length of time a light stays green, you have a perfect sence of exactly when that much time has elapsed without having to watch a clock.
You could easily rig up a test for this, and see if you can do it with other lengths of time.
 
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Well, I've talked about physical abilities on other threads, and I don't have too many mental abilities to speak of (150 I.Q. gone to waste on 15-year-old bookworm), but as to clairvoyant-ish abilities: I have such clear deja-vu sometimes, that I can tell you exactly (and I do mean exactly) what's going to happen next because...well, it's already happened before, AFAIC; I very often start thinking about a song that I don't really like, and then turn on the radio or TV, and find out it's playing at the same spot that I'm at in my mind's recital of it; and I have, on three occasions, attempted to call my mom at her job, but picked up the phone just before the first ring since she was calling me to tell me exactly what I wanted to tell her...usually to do with food .
 
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Originally posted by Mentat I have such clear deja-vu sometimes, that I can tell you exactly (and I do mean exactly) what's going to happen next because...well, it's already happened before,
What you are experiencing isn't deja vu then. It is the recollection of a precognitive experience of the future.

People who suffer from chronic deja vus often have have them when they are in the act of speculating about the future. Suddenly that speculation becomes imbued with such a sense of familiarity they are convinced they know what is going to happen next. In the case of neurological deja vus what they think is going to happen next never does, at least no more than chance would allow.

If your convictions about what is going to happen next do come true as you claim, then this is something else; clairvoyance or something.
 
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Originally posted by zoobyshoe
What you are experiencing isn't deja vu then. It is the recollection of a precognitive experience of the future.

People who suffer from chronic deja vus often have have them when they are in the act of speculating about the future. Suddenly that speculation becomes imbued with such a sense of familiarity they are convinced they know what is going to happen next. In the case of neurological deja vus what they think is going to happen next never does, at least no more than chance would allow.

If your convictions about what is going to happen next do come true as you claim, then this is something else; clairvoyance or something.
Well, they usually do.

So, what your saying is that I became so familiar with my speculations about future events that I was convinced they'd already happened before? Interesting. Could some of this "speculation" have occured in dreams (since sometimes it feels like what happened had happened before in a dream).
 
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Originally posted by Mentat
Well, they usually do.

So, what your saying is that I became so familiar with my speculations about future events that I was convinced they'd already happened before? Interesting. Could some of this "speculation" have occured in dreams (since sometimes it feels like what happened had happened before in a dream).
I used to have clusters of deja vus. Sometimes I became convinced I knew what was going to happen next because when I was in the process of speculating about it I would suddenly have a deja vu, and the speculation would seem so incredibly familiar I was convinced I was "remembering the future." When what I thought was going to happen didn't I would often suddenly have another deja vu, which made what did happen seem so familiar, that I would rationalize to myself that my previous error could be dismissed because what did happen was so familiar it was "obvious" I had remembered the future, just not completely correctly the first time.

After this happened to me many many times I began to become aware of the revisionist rationalization that had been going on, and realized that I was only right about what was going to happen next about .01% of the time. The deja vus have a weird way of making you feel certain you were right, when you weren't.

The same thing happens to everyone who has clusters like this; the same belief that you knew what was going to happen.

I also had the kind that seemed indisputably to be something I had dreampt before. When the deja vu happens and the present suddenly seems incredibly familiar, I was occasionally certain I had dreampt the scene before in complete detail. I didn't have this often enough to be able to sort out if that were true or if it was another kind of retroactively created illusion. This "dream" feeling is also common to people who have alot of them.

I'm not against the notion that clairvoyance might exist in some way, shape or form, but when the experience is associated with alot of Deja Vu feelings, I'm skeptical because of my own experiences with retroactively "correcting" my "premonitions" to fit what actually ended up happening. You can't help it, really. No matter what happens it feels so damned familiar.
 
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Not to get too much off topic, but I am really curious about what causes the feeling of "dejavu". A couple of days ago I was speaking on the phone with a client explaining what would be needed to do database integration for screen pops and suddenly had such a strong feeling of "dejavu" that I almost dropped the phone. Since it's not possible that I might have "done this before" as it was a very unusual scenario in this particular case, is "dejavu" just a weird mind "glitch"? I do so clearly recall having that particular conversation before though.
 
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Originally posted by Evo
Not to get too much off topic, but I am really curious about what causes the feeling of "dejavu".
It's a simple partial seizure. See my post in the thread "Day Jaa Voo" now showing in a biology forum near you. I go into excruciating detail in a very long post.
 
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Originally posted by zoobyshoe
I'm not sure what you attribute this talent to, but it makes me speculate whether or not there might be such a thing as "perfect timing" in the same sence is there is such a thing as "perfect pitch". This would mean that once you know the length of time a light stays green, you have a perfect sence of exactly when that much time has elapsed without having to watch a clock.
You could easily rig up a test for this, and see if you can do it with other lengths of time.
I would guess that you are right on this. My success rate is higher on familiar roadways. (Although I have done it on vacations with fair accuracy.) I was at my peak when I had a 1.5 hour commute one way. Now I'm down to a .5 hour commute one way and I only go through a few traffic lights. I don't concentrate on them as much now because there are so few (they used to bug the heck out of me on my longer commute).
 
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Time ago I conjectured if deja-vu happens live path is or could be taking an abrupt change. Sort of Everett collapse of your world.

So, that client is a potential danger to your life!

Originally posted by Evo
Not to get too much off topic, but I am really curious about what causes the feeling of "dejavu". A couple of days ago I was speaking on the phone with a client explaining what would be needed to do database integration for screen pops and suddenly had such a strong feeling of "dejavu" that I almost dropped the phone. Since it's not possible that I might have "done this before" as it was a very unusual scenario in this particular case, is "dejavu" just a weird mind "glitch"? I do so clearly recall having that particular conversation before though.
 
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Originally posted by KL70
What fairly special, unique (in your opinion) serious or humorous physical / mental / psychic gifts do you reckon you possess and please explain how they work, or how you sometimes use them.
The ability to determine from the smell of a fart what an individual had to eat and how long ago it was. I wouldn't call this a gift as much as maybe a curse. Uggh.
 
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Originally posted by timejim
The ability to determine from the smell of a fart what an individual had to eat and how long ago it was. I wouldn't call this a gift as much as maybe a curse. Uggh.
Thats kind of like hearing pudding or telling what icing on a cake says by smelling it from a distance.
 
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Originally posted by arivero
Time ago I conjectured if deja-vu happens live path is or could be taking an abrupt change. Sort of Everett collapse of your world.

So, that client is a potential danger to your life!
Well, my world is collapsing. :frown: Today was a very bad day.
 
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I have the luck of having frequent accidents with my motorbike (because I take very much risk) and never get injuried
I have the ability of being able to study at work: I always carry a notebook with formulae in my bag, and study them while the traffic lights are in red
 
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lol, work in your car. Is that another way of saying unemployed? When I'm unemployed, I like saying I'm a fresh air inspector :D.
 

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