Thursday, September 11, 2008

Iron Maiden and "Déjà Vu"

In a recent Nature Podcast (I think?) I heard a short interview with the blogger running Mind Hacks who was attending the first European science blogging conference . He mentioned that his favorite post was this story about Iron Maiden lyrics being cited in a paper as a description of deja vu. I just had to share the paper and lyrics:

here is the paper that started it all:
the déjà vu experience is a subjective phenomenon that has been described in many novels and poems. Here we review over 20 literary descriptions. These accounts are consistent with the data obtained from psychiatric literature, including various phenomenological, aetiological and psychopathogenetic aspects of the déjà vu experience. The explanations, explicitly formulated by creative authors, include reincarnation, dreams, organic factors and unconscious memories. Not infrequently, an association with defence or organic factors is demonstrable on the basis of psychoanalytic or clinical psychiatric interpretation. The authors recommend that psychiatrists be encouraged to overstep the limits of psychiatric literature and read prose and poetry as well.

And somebody submitted these lyrics as a comment in the British journal of psychiatry quoting the song:

When you see familiar faces
But you can't remember where they're from
Could you be wrong?

When you've been particular places
That you know you've never seen before
Can you be sure?

'Cause you know this has happened before
And you know that this moment in time is for real
And you know when you feel déjà vu.

Feels like I've been here before (rpt. four times)

Ever had a conversation
That you realise you've had before
Isn't it strange?

Have you ever talked to someone
And you feel you know what's coming next
It feel pre-arranged.

'Cause you know that you've heard it before
And you feel that this moment in time is surreal
'Cause you know when you feel déjà vu


You can listen to it here...


Ernst Hot said...

\../, YES! Iron Maiden rule! :)

Nat Blair said...

Damn, I forgot to comment on this.

When I saw this roll off the RSS reader, I gave you here at Bayblab a devil horn salute.

Nothing like Maiden and science.


Love the blog too.

generac xp8000e said...

cool music. Iron Maiden Rule!