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Chapter 5 was entitled "Consciousness" and dealt with the biology of sleep, dreams, hallucinations, out-of-body and near-death experiences, déjà vu, etc. It also discussed different types of drugs and their effects on the mind. It basically dealt with all things with the brain when it is not in its normal, alert state. I found it very interesting. In particular, I found the section on déjà vu interesting.

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Déjà vu is the strange sensation one feels when they believe they have already experienced something. One possible theory on why this happens states that someone may be experiencing something that is very similar to a previous experience. The mind subconsciously remembers a previous experience, but a person cannot put their finger on actually experiencing it. So, they feel like they have already experienced something, but they cannot remember doing so. What are some recent experiences of déjà vu you can recall?


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Deja vu seems to be a very interesting thing and I feel that it happens to me on a regular basis. In class, when I'm trying to concentrate I look back later on and realize that I totally forgot what was just said. More so often it happens on the weekends when my brain is just totally shut off. Throughout the week, besides the few occasions I forget in class, I am running on optimal efficiency. However on the weekends it is the opposite. I feel like I did something but cannot remember clearly.

This is a super interesting topic. Deja Vu specifically is present in my life (or so I think). There are numerous times when a certain set of events will begin to happen and it's as though I can predict what's going to happen next or have an eerily recurring feeling that something that was said to me or something I've just said had already happened. When these things occur I am very aware and conscious of them; I try to explain it to the people I'm around, but it's a lost cause. Nonetheless, I'm fascinated to learn more about these strange happenings and theories.

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