The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at this website. The following brief answers – written by Fiona Broome – may help new visitors understand what this website is… and isn’t.
1. What is the Mandela Effect?
It refers to apparently real memories that don’t match the documented history in this reality. These are personal memories – in over 10,000 comments – reported by friends and readers.
Several of the earliest comments are still at this website. Even more comments (some in tremendous detail) are now in books you can read free in Kindle Unlimited.
2. What causes the Mandela Effect?
That’s a complex question. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer.
If you think you’ve experienced the Mandela Effect, I encourage you to watch this video.
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/fMZ1xo95fyk
Then, after you’ve ruled out normal explanations – like human error and bad reporting – you may enjoy some of the theories mentioned at this website.
For example, some people think they briefly “slid” to an alternate reality, or we’re in a holodeck with a few glitches.
Being a fan of science fiction, I appreciate the whimsy of those concepts.
Of course, there are other theories. In my opinion, some are better than others.
Right now, it’s all speculation. I’ve talked about that in many related articles.
Also, many of the best answers from this community were in comments at the Explanations page. However, that thread grew to over 45,000 words and some scientific comments were very detailed. It wasn’t practical to keep those conversations online.
Now they’re available in a book you can read for FREE in Kindle Unlimited. (The book is also a 174-page paperback, if you prefer printed books.)
3. Where are all the comments?
Late in 2019, when bandwidth became an overwhelming issue, I started moving my articles and visitors’ comments to books you can read, free, in Kindle Unlimited. Throughout 2020, I’ll continue publishing digital books so readers’ insights aren’t lost. I believe they’re important. It’s not just what they say, but how they express it.
4. Why don’t you use a forum or a message board?
This was never intended as a social site, though – for awhile – it may have looked like one. My goal was to present fresh ideas, insights, and news related to Mandela Effect topics.
Commercial forums are better designed for focused threads, casual conversations, and social-style comments. I don’t – and never have – commented at Reddit, or any other Mandela Effect forum.
5. What are “markers”?
That’s a term from our early, whimsical, “what if…?” discussions in 2009 – 2010. We used that term broadly. Some people believe markers are related to a reality shift. Other than that, we’re not sure. Some suggested markers include red/blue changes, the numbers 22 and 23, and the letters A and E.
Speculating in a “what if?” context, those markers could indicate access points or portals to other realities. They could be coded messages. Or, they could be just coincidental, and kind of fun… if you don’t take them too seriously.
7. Why don’t you post more articles?
For me, this site began as a hobby. During the first few years, this was a fun, speculative website for fans of sci-fi and quantum theories. Our discussions weren’t entirely serious. (That’s important.)
If you read those early comments, remember that many were flippant.
Then, the Berenstein/Berenstain Bears topic went viral, and everything changed. This website gained more attention and credibility.
I was delighted when people were having fun with this. But I was not thrilled when people made unhappy (and, in my opinion, incorrect) connections with conspiracy theories.
Others insisted the Mandela Effect is entirely “false memories.” (I disagree, though – obviously – misunderstandings, bad reporting, and memory glitches can be a factor. In fact, they might explain most of it… but not all.)
Meanwhile, I’m astonished to see how many related forums and websites are taking Mandela Effect concepts in new, exciting directions. Some are serious science; others are just fun.
In general, I’m pleased (and, admittedly, a little proud) to have been part of the early conversations. But now, I’m focusing on projects that make better use of my unique research skills. And, I’m publishing the original Mandela Effect articles and comments in highly accessible books, so the information remains available.
8. Do you think this is a conspiracy?
No, I don’t think the Mandela Effect is a conspiracy, though – starting around 2015 (or perhaps earlier) – I worried that the topic was being manipulated for social and political gain. By 2016, I knew something had changed… and I wasn’t happy about it.
That’s when I asked visitors not to raise the spectre of conspiracies.
This website was supposed to be fun and speculative, and spark conversations among sci-fi geeks like me.
The memories are real. Our conversations are real. The phenomenon is real.
The answers…? I have no idea. Some are more credible – and more fun – than others, but there’s no single explanation. And personally, I reject any assertion that “it’s all a conspiracy.” (However, I love the sarcasm of the related X-Files episode.)
9. Are you sure of your own memories?
Of course not. My memory is at least as fallible as everyone else’s.
And yes, I’m still looking for a reasonable explanation about the 20th century Nelson Mandela funeral I recall, and why so many details in my memories seem to match others’. (No, I’m not mixing it up with Stephen Biko’s funeral in 1977. That was a different era and I wouldn’t have seen it.)
That said, I think Many Interacting Worlds (MIW) and parallel realities offer the most interesting explanation for some “odd” memories, including my own.
Whether those explanations are credible is another matter, and in the eye of the beholder.
Honestly, the past is past. Unless it has a significant impact on my everyday life, now, I’m not deeply concerned with why people like me remember a few things we can’t explain.
Always looking for breadcrumbs that might explain some of those memories…? Absolutely.
But I’m not losing sleep over it.
10. Can you help me with my memories? I don’t know what to do.
I’m sorry, but no. My video (above) is my best advice. If you’re deeply troubled by your memories – or doubts about them – I recommend talking with a memory professional, a mental health professional, or someone sympathetic in the faith community. They can probably point you to more specific and useful resources than I can.
Then again, if you like the physics angle, you might talk – in real life – with any innovative and well-respected quantum scientists or professors near your home. They may offer interesting answers that could lead you to a new field of study.
I want this site – and the Mandela Effect topic – to be a springboard for a better understanding of memories, as well as an intriguing introduction to quantum studies and where they may lead us in the future.
11. When will you publish books about the Mandela Effect?
After consulting with people with more experience in issues like this, I’ve decided that, yes, it’s time to publish books. They will be released in Kindle format, so they’re free for people to read in Kindle Unlimited, and through public libraries that provide digital books to patrons.
You can see the list – and links – at my Mandela Effect Books page.
12. Can I copy your articles and post them on my website?
The contents of this website is copyrighted. See my legal notices. If you have questions, I can refer you to an attorney.
During 2020, some of my articles will be available with Creative Commons licensing. If you’re interested in republishing one of my articles, please read my full Copyright explanation, and look for articles with the CC license on them.
Meanwhile, as time permits, I’m adding some of them to EzineArticles.com. Here’s the first one: https://ezinearticles.com/?The-Original-Mandela-Effect-Article&id=10247519