The Mandela effect, named after the South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, is the phenomenon of people remembering past events to have played out in a different way to what people now believe played out in reality. After Mandela died in 2013, countless people claimed to clearly remember that he died in the 1980s – as if the past had changed. And dozens of other similar events are claimed to have occurred. The appearance of cartoon characters, the lyrics of songs, are said to have changed. Many have claimed to have seen movies or heard songs that do not seem to exist.
WHAT IS THE MANDELA EFFECT?
Some claim that the Mandela effect is evidence of parallel universes and alternate realities. A person is said to be able to slip from one slightly different reality to another, remembering the past as it took place in the slightly different world they grew up in. If we suspend disbelief about these claims and consider them to be true, do people born in any century slip from one slightly different world to another? Those who talk about the subject in detail often believe that the Mandela effect only began happening recently, and is not something that existed in the past. What could be causing people to suddenly begin to slip from one universe to another? What could be causing the past to change, if that is a better description of what is going on?
There are many other examples as well, from simple yet internationally known song lyrics being different than what they were, to popular movie title changes, differing famous logos, products that never truly existed, even celebrities with different names! Some people would attribute these situations simply to poor memory or facetious campaigns that we remember as actual happenings – such as maybe a spoofed commercial within a commercial, nothing of note and something that happens to everyone. But at some point it is said that a person will rediscover whatever particular piece of information in a way that was different than how it was remembered, only to encounter the same information a third time and to have it validate their original belief, leaving them to feel confused for a moment about their reality and the consensus reality they believed they lived in. This experience is simply and aptly known as “the flips-flops.”
But there are others who believe it is more nefarious than simple misremembering. How could so many people have wholeheartedly believed that this or that has happened when it hasn’t? Why would so many people think something is named a certain way but isn’t? How could so many simply misremember such popular pieces of information? And this “flip-flopping” is suspicious in how it comes up it is claimed.
FREE BOOK EXPLAINS THE MANDELA EFFECT
A new book, available in the short run for free, may be the most detailed treatment of the subject that exists so far. Published by Edward Alexander in 2017, “Mandela Effect” blames the phenomenon on deliberate human tampering with time. The alteration of the past is connected to the Large Hadron Collider, an enormous particle accelerator created by the European Council of Nuclear Research. What does the council hope to achieve by manipulating reality in this way? The book makes claims that time travel is real, but that an individual could not change history simply by traveling back in time and killing a historical figure.
All one who traveled back in time and killed Hitler would achieve is the alteration of the future of a parallel world and not the world they were born in. One might, however, be able to move the whole population of the world into an alternate reality where the history of the world is different. In this way, those who possess the Large Hadron Collider do intend to change history. Whether frighteningly believable or merely an interesting collection of stories, Edward Alexander’s “Mandela Effect” does contain information about historical cases of time travelers, government experiments, psychics, and how they relate to the alteration of the past. The book, for now, can be viewed online for free.