Intelligence and Deja Vu?
Then, today I was reading something, and I had a mild attack of deja vu, which led me to think I had read the same thing earlier. That was obviously not possible as I was reading a recently published paper. I worked on the thought, and for a change I managed to have it crystallized. What I found was I had actually read another paper with a similar vein, but in a completely different scientific domain (that old paper was in Math, the new paper was in psychology). But this deja vu attack allowed me to mentally link up the concepts in these two papers and come up with a completely new insight (writing it up, yeah!).
This got me thinking, and I realized there was a pattern to the set of people I knew who suffered from frequent deja vu, and those who didn't. The ones who shared my problem were ones who I invariably regarded as "brilliant", like myself (so long, Ms Modesty Blaise ). These people were ones who you could trust to always come up with innovative ideas, sprout brilliant analogies, scored high at analytical reasoning and just had fun at work cause of all that.
Makes we wonder: Is Deja Vu just a conscious manifestation of a sub-conscious brain process that helps us analyze, correlate, create analogies, make intuitive/non-linear leaps? Is there any known/possible relationship between how badly one suffers from Deja Vu, and how "analytical" a person is, or is it just me trying to call a bug a feature?