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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. CraneDeja VuThe term deja vu (French: “already seen”, also called paramnesia) describes the experience of feeling that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously. The term was created by a French psychic researcher, Emile Boirac (1851-1917) in his book L’Avenir des sciences psychiques (The Future of Psychic Sciences), which expanded upon an essay he wrote while an undergraduate French concentrator at the University of Chicago. The experience of deja vu is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity, and also a sense of “eerieness,” “strangeness,” or “weirdness.” The “previous” experience is most frequently attributed to a dream, although in some cases there is a firm sense that the experience “genuinely happened” in the past.131

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