It’s not that I doubt the study or its importance. We do need to know more about how memories work.
However, I’m worried about the social cue that headline conveys.
I’m concerned that it’s compounding the “you can’t trust your memories” messages I’ve been seeing in recent years.
Psychologically speaking, internalizing that message can be tremendously destabilizing.
I hope people don’t take that study as the final word in this field. After all, doctors and scientists have gone back & forth about memories – including young children’s memories – for decades. This is just the latest breakthrough, and its relevance will be proved over time. For now, it’s startling, so it’s in national (USA) news.
And lf course, the Mandela Effect is a sub-sub-category of memories, in general. They’re anomalies we don’t fully understand… yet.
I’m posting this because it may be important to compartmentalize memories by categories. I don’t mean just two bins: the Mandela Effect, and Everything Else.
Instead, I’m talking about the myriad kinds of memories we have – how strong they are, when and where we acquired them, how they connect to one another, and so on.
Too often, I read comments and emails from people with one or two Mandela Effect memories, and they regularly close with a line like, “Am I losing my mind?” or “Am I going crazy?”
It worries me that they may be serious about those concerns: They’re worried that the memories they feel certain of… may be false, and – to them – that becomes a systemic concern. They awfulize. They wonder, “Okay, what else am I wrong about…?”
That’s not something anyone can evaluate, online. Not even me. (Yes, I’m being flippant; obviously, I’m not a mental health expert. But, I am absolutely serious about my concerns when I read news headlines that could tilt the scales dangerously, among people who are already feeling troubled.)
So, my post today is to assure you that this latest study doesn’t mean all – or any – of your memories are dangerously flawed.
I’ve already talked about the importance of fact-checking memories that don’t quite fit the world we’re in. That’s in my video, shown below.
But, having ruled out confusion, etc., I think it’s important not to internalize news stories that could be destabilizing.
Sure, if you need to talk with a professional – a doctor, for example – please do that for your peace of mind.
Meanwhile, I still say “trust your memories.” Whether their factual content is accurate or not, they came from somewhere. And that “somewhere” may have been mistaken.
If so, that’s human error. It doesn’t mean you’re losing your mind… it just means you heard whatever-it-was from someone who misspoke, or was working with flawed information (possibly through no fault of their own).
Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it’s not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.
“We’ve found these nuclei literally point towards a direction in space. This relates to a direction in time, proving there’s a well-defined direction in time and we will always travel from past to present,” Marcus Scheck from the University of the West of Scotland told Kenneth MacDonald at BBC News at the time.
According to the laws of physics, at the time of the Big Bang*, equal amounts of matter and antimatter had to have been created, but now, billions of years later, we’re surrounded by heaps of matter (solid, liquid, gas, and plasma), and there appears to be almost no naturally occurring antimatter.
“This is a puzzling feature, as the theory of relativistic quantum mechanics suggests we should have equal amounts of the two,” mathematician Gianluca Sarri from Queen’s University Belfast in the UK writes for The Conversation.
“In fact, no current model of physics can explain the discrepancy.”
It’s a pretty out-there hypothesis, but Scheck says that this uneven distribition of mass and charge causes Barium-144’s nucleus to ‘point’ in a certain direction in spacetime, and this bias could explain why time seems to only want to go from past to present, and not backwards, even if the laws of physics don’t care which way it goes.
Of course, there’s no way of proving that without further evidence, but the discovery is yet another indication that the Universe might not be as symmetrical as the Standard Model of Physics needs it to be, and proving that could usher us into a whole new era of theoretical physics.
This research intrigues me, because time travel (or time manipulation) has been part of many Mandela Effect conversations.
But, I’m anticipating at least one logical argument: Perhaps someone traveled back in time and planted the nuclei that suggest a one-way flow of time. If so, it’s an effective red herring – for now anyway.
Of course, creation, evolution, and “12th planet” histories are an entirely different topic from the Mandela Effect. But, such interesting and radical theories are emerging, I decided to alert you that “everyone knows” histories may be changing. In my opinion, they’re tilting in interesting directions.
Whether or not the possibility of time travel affects Mandela Effect theories – well, that’s another question. (And yes, I suppose the best answer is, “Only time will tell.”)
A recent episode of the X-Files (reboot) uses the Mandela Effect as a story element.
I’m astonished. (That’s an understatement.) I never expected the Mandela Effect to attract so much attention.
Really, this still seems kind of surreal.
I haven’t seen the X-Files episode yet, but – from descriptions, such as the one at Hollywood Life – it sounds like a great parody.
(Should I be offended by their portrayal? It sounds zany, not insulting, and really, it’s just fiction and on TV, as well. I may change my opinion after I see the episode, but – for now – I’m chuckling.)
I watched the show (Season 11, Episode 4, “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat”). I’m still chuckling. Yes, they were a little heavy handed with the political references. That was a surprise, since the show was broadcast on Fox. But, I’m aware that Fox and Fox News are independently managed.
But, putting politics firmly to one side (let’s not go there in comments), I was thoroughly pleased with the representation of the Mandela Effect. It was well-explained (well enough) and treated lightly.
To me, the shows seemed stylish and whimsical. I’m delighted. (This was the first time I’d ever watched an X-Files episode all the way through.)
I also loved the question left hanging at the end of that episode, about whether Reggie was a madman, or someone being silenced.
So, I’m pleased. For me, being the topic of an X-Files episode is about as close to a social “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” as it gets. It moves Mandela Effect discussions further into the mainstream.
The more people talk about it – and weed out what’s true, what’s not, and what’s baffling – the closer we may get to understanding this phenomenon.
FREE T-SHIRT DESIGNS
Want to start a conversation about the Mandela Effect? A t-shirt could be useful.
These printable designs are already reversed so – as long as you have some variety of iron-on (transfer) paper – you can print the design, and then iron it onto your own t-shirts. Or whatever you like.
Here are the DIY T-shirt designs, so far (more are on the way):
(Trivia: That’s a design I created for my own t-shirt. It’s what I’ve worn for the past year or so. I get nods, and the occasional request to be part of a selfie.)
2.) and 3.) Instant Reality-Shift Translator – Two different iron-on designs. The first has Black letters (to print on light-colored fabric). The second has White letters (to print on black and dark-colored t-shirts).
(That t-shirt design does not say “Mandela Effect” on it, on purpose. It’s designed to spark conversations, but Mandela Effect fans will recognize it right away. Not quite a “secret handshake,” but not entirely obvious, either.)
The design is entirely in shades of white and grey. Whatever color shirt you iron it onto… that will be the color of the background and the lettering. (To show the design clearly, I’ve used a black background in the illustration above.) Click here to download the transparent GIF for DIY use.
Yes, to cover the hosting bill for this website, we’d already started creating new Mandela Effect t-shirt designs, mostly for fun, but also for people who don’t want to use the DIY versions. (Some are a little too finicky for DIY designs, too. It’s better to trust the professionals with them.)
Note: Comments on this post were open through early Feb 9th. They are now closed.
There was so much confusion over Tom Petty’s death, people are still sorting out what really happened in this reality, and when. (I’m content to attribute the first announcements as bad reporting on a busier-than-usual news day.)
But, I won’t rule out some Mandela Effect glitches over the past couple of days.
What I am looking for – and I need your help for this – is what (if anything) might connect multiple Las Vegas events.
I still consider ley lines a possible factor, in terms of who experiences the Mandela Effect, and why.
Yes, I could say the Las Vegas events follow a ley line. All of the odd events happened in within a few blocks of each other, and within 1000 feet of a very narrow (20 feet or so) line.
But, it’s Las Vegas. The hospitality sites (casinos, hotels, restaurants) are in a single, very compact location.
And, it being Vegas, there’s no shortage of odd things happening every day.
What I’m looking at are three (or four) truly unusual things, even for Vegas. But I want something more than just “they’re all at the Vegas strip.”
My first thought is to look at astrology. (For the record: I already know it doesn’t actually correlate with astronomy. I just look at related behaviors, and wonder if there may be a quantum connection we don’t know yet.)
First, on 20 Dec 2015, a woman lost control of her car on Las Vegas Blvd, and drove into several dozen people. That same night, practically within shouting distance, Steve Harvey managed to announce the wrong person as Miss Universe.
Two nights later, a Russian spacecraft blew up over Vegas, and it was so bright, people actually saw the space debris, despite the glare of all the casinos & hotels.
And then, on 1 Oct 2017, Americans witnessed a horrific shooting just blocks from the 2015 incidents.
Those are all anomalies.
I’ve located the astrology chart for the Mandalay Bay/Harvest Festival shooting. I’m not sure that I’d rely on that for answers, but it’s too early to rule anything out.
Several odd things happened in Las Vegas in late December 2015. In a city where “odd” is a way of life, anything beyond their “normal” is especially interesting.
This is a good example of data points — a specific location, and closely connected events (times) — that may relate to my theory about alternate realities.
At the moment, I’m speculating that something happened around that location… something we don’t understand, yet. And, whatever that was — a temporal distortion, perhaps — caused people to do things they’d never do in a normal setting.
Yes, I’m grasping at straws. I know that. It’s how much of my most innovative research starts.
In other words, I take “what if…?” questions and see where they lead. Most hit roadblocks, quickly. But, the 10% or so that succeed make this process worthwhile.
Here’s what happened:
First Las Vegas Anomaly
First, a woman drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk, just outside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Descriptions of the event varied, but many suggested that the driver slowed the car and then hit the accelerator a second time, mowing down nearly 40 people.
At the time, the woman said that she couldn’t explain what happened, and she’d lost control of the car.
Per ABC News: “KSNV-TV says the crash occurred in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino on South Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Harmon Avenue. The crash took place about 6 p.m. The Miss Universe pageant was being held at the Planet Hollywood at the time of the crash.”
Later, news reports said she’d tested positive for marijuana, but that’s odd, as well. Per the University of Washington, “Marijuana usually has a sedating effect on most users, making it much less likely to cause violence…” Nevertheless, she described being under stress, and that can be a factor in violent behavior.
Second Las Vegas Anomaly
Meanwhile, a few hundred yards away, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino was hosting the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.
In a baffling blunder, Steve Harvey, an experienced entertainer, crowned the wrong contestant. It’s still unclear whether he misread the card — truly odd for someone accustomed to reading from cards — or if the teleprompter script was wrong.
No matter what the explanation, Harvey crowned Miss Colombia… and then had to remove the crown and announce that Miss Philippines was the real winner.
Two nights later, Las Vegas was one of the most-reported viewing points for a bright light soaring through the night sky. Officials explained it as space debris from a Russian rocket.
That’s nothing baffling, but it is odd, since the Las Vegas sky is so well-lit by traffic and commercial signs, anything in the sky must be extraordinarily bright.
Mandela Effect Reports
Initially, readers alerted me to these “coincidences” here at my Mandela Effect website. Some pointed to a Columbia/Colombia issue that could mean something.
However, as the stories unfolded, I couldn’t see a clear connection to an alternate reality.
On the other hand, when I see an odd series of events like this — close in time and location — I note it as a data point to add to my ley line research. I describe these as “blips” and I look for related, consistent paranormal reports that follow the same patterns.
If you can shed some light on this, let me know.
And then there’s this note: “In September 2005, three tourists were killed and nearly a dozen injured when a car barreled through the crowd on the Las Vegas Strip and crashed into a cement barrier in front of Bally’s hotel-casino.” That’s from CBS News.
May 2018 update: Mark shared this interesting link. It may have some bearing on all “weird” and paranormal activity around Las Vegas, and possibly connect with the Mandela Effect – Statement from a Senior Manager of BAASS.
As I’m reading that article, two things stood out. One was the variety of phenomena they included. The other was the possibility that their research methods might affect people, creating perception issues.
[Comments are now closed. Thanks to those who left useful insights. Every data point can help this community find new ways to look at the Mandela Effect and paranormal research. Thanks again!]
In 2016, I deliberately stepped back from MandelaEffect.com.
Part of it was the crazy workload. Moderating comments required five to six hours per day, seven days a week.
In addition, around April 2016, I was more-or-less warned off the Mandela Effect topic. The general message was: my articles & conversations might be influencing the outcome of experiments that were at a critical point.
This website’s influence was not welcomed, and could detrimentally affect the results.
I wasn’t sure if I should take that seriously, but it came from multiple, fairly credible sources.
DDoS events soon followed.
Choosing to err on the side of caution, I decided to shut down most of what I was doing at the MandelaEffect.com website, but leave the archives online. (Also, I created this WordPress.com site as a mirror, so the data would remain available, no matter what.)
However, the genie was already out of the bottle. Reddit and other forums were running wild with Mandela Effect speculation.
At some point in the past year (2016), even more people realized that they shared memories that don’t fit the current, accepted version of reality.
The “tipping point” was achieved.
And now, it’s official. As of late November 2016, from mainstream media to tabloids, the concept is exploding.
Seven years ago, when I started the MandelaEffect.com website and our conversations began, I had no idea we’d reach this point.
But… well, here we are.
I don’t even know what to call this. A movement? An awakening? Something else altogether…?
Whatever label you want to use, the Mandela Effect is part of it, and you are, too.
At this point, I’m not sure we have to prove anything about our alternate memories. Sure, trite explanations (like “it’s all confabulation”) can be acknowledged, but now we have science on our side.
Not all of the dots connect. I realize that.
But, with the broad scale announcement that parallel realities appear to be real, and they seem to be influencing each other… we have enough confirmation to say we’re not making this up.
In the future, I’ll have a lot more to say about this.
But, for now, I want to pause and celebrate. You should, as well. I feel as if everyone who’s talked about the Mandela Effect and shared alternate memories, online and off, has been part of the tipping point that happened in 2016.
That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment. Thank you!
This month, several slightly geeky articles raise interesting points related to quantum studies. I think those points are worth considering, in light of the Mandela Effect.
The first appeared at ComputerWeekly. I’m intrigued by the idea of consciously making business choices in the context of MWI (Many Worlds Interpretation). Author Brian McKenna has taken quantum science in a surprising direction, with applications in the business world.
However, I’m not sure we’re actually “navigating” parallel universes via those decisions. (If you can explain that to me, please do.)
The following are some key excerpts from the article.
This a guest blogpost by James Richardson, business analytics strategist, Qlik
I find solace in the many worlds interpretation (MWI) of reality. In layman’s terms, the idea, first proposed by physicist Hugh Everett in 1957, means that ‘every possible outcome of every event defines or exists in its own “history” or “world”‘. In other words, every time an event happens the universe splits. …
So how does this relate to business intelligence (BI)? …
Here’s my logic:
1. People use BI as a driver for decisions.
2. Decision events split universes.
3. Therefore BI is a tool for switching between parallel universes.
To push the logic further, if the likely decision outcome is known, BI is a tool for consciously navigating parallel universes.
Do you think that your decisions — daily, unconscious ones, or even deliberate choices — affect whether or not you experience the Mandela Effect? Do those of us with alternate memories have them because we’re decision-makers… and we tend to make choices that take us outside the lock-step conformity of society and some pop culture?
The explanation here is really that we’re constrained to only perceive a single reality at a time, and that perception is entangled with the outcome we’re seeing. [Emphasis added]
I like the emphasis on perception. It’s a little challenging to think we’re in all realities at one time, but aren’t consciously aware of it. However, I can’t rule that out as a possibility… or even a strong likelihood.
But then he says,
There’s a ‘world’ for every possible sequence of events, and these are completely separate and inaccessible to one another. [Emphasis added.]
I’m uneasy with the assumption that multiple realities are “inaccessible to one another,” unless he’s talking about a merge (or partial merge) between realities.
The Mandela Effect suggests that we can access different worlds or realities. (Of course, that’s only if you like the concept that we’re sliding between realities, as opposed to being in a holodeck or simulator.)
And then there’s the NPR article, How Real Is Reality?, posted January 5, 2016, by Adam Frank. I’m including this excerpt because it amuses me, and – of course – he’s at least partly correct. It’s why – at this point – no one can say exactly what’s causing the Mandela Effect.
“Quantum mechanics (or ‘quantum physics’) is the body of knowledge related to the nanoworld of molecules, atoms and the component parts. It’s the most powerful and accurate theory human beings have ever, ever, ever developed. The computer you’re reading these words on now wouldn’t be possible without quantum physics. But beneath all that power is a remarkable paradox that should never be forgotten: No one knows what quantum mechanics is talking about.” [Emphasis added.]