Do you have a clear memory of something, perhaps a quote from your favorite movie, that you passionately recite with your friends, only to find that your favorite character never actually said it?
“A false memory is the psychological phenomenon wherein a person recalls something that did not happen. False memory syndrome recognizes false memory as a prevalent part of one’s life in which it affects the person’s mentality and day-to-day life. False memory syndrome differs from false memory in that the syndrome is heavily influential in the orientation of a person’s life, while false memory can occur without this significant effect. The syndrome takes effect because the person believes the influential memory to be true. However, its research is controversial and the syndrome is excluded from identification as a mental disorder and, therefore, is also excluded from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” – Wikipedia
Memory is something that is continuously researched as it is still a rather complex and mysterious ability. Useful in criminal investigations and convictions, eye witness statements and recalling other important information accurately, as well as possible aid for mental illness, such as PTSD. The question begs, how reliable is our long term and even our short term memories?
Science would say: pretty unreliable. Our memories are open to manipulation from internal and external sources. The human brain has a tendency to exaggerate or down-play certain events and every time we recall this memory, we cement and reinforce them, leading to a different memory than what actually occurred.
So it is normal to have false or misleading memories, but what about the occurrence of false memories among several, even thousands of people at the same time?
Welcome to the Mandela Effect…
It all began when Nelson Mandela passed away on the 5th of December 2013. As the news of his death traveled across the globe, many people were in complete shock. They couldn’t believe that he had still been alive. Thousands of people recall a clear memory of Nelson Mandela’s tragic death in a South African prison, prior to late 2009. They said they remember the news articles, even the grieving widows touching statement.
The phrase “Mandela Effect” was coined by Fiona Broome who has been researching the strange phenomena, with thousands of people reporting similar occurrences. I warn you that you might find some of the content on Fiona’s website may directly oppose your own memories and therefore you might find it uncomfortable, even shocking.
They theorise that these conflicted memories originate from an alternative dimension. The premise being that multiple dimensions exist and the closer the dimensions, the similar the reality. If two dimensions overlapped in some way people may remember something from the alternative reality, instead of their current present reality.
It could also be evidence of time travel, although people argue that if someone was to change something in our past, we would have no knowledge of it in our present time. I would argue this, is it not possible that there could be some sort of delayed reaction to the change? I’ll let you decide for yourself.
Oh and by the way, Darth Vader never said “Luke, I am your father”. He actually said: “No, I AM your father”. I’ll leave that to sink in for a moment…
These are just a few examples of a thousand cases of the Mandela Effect. What do you think? Do you have your own experience of the Mandela Effect? Comment below!