Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so, it sounds like you’ve experienced the phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela Effect refers to a situation in which a large mass of people believes that an event occurred when it did not. Looking at the origin of the Mandela effect, some famous examples, as well as some potential explanations for this strange confluence of perceptions can help to shed light on this unique phenomenon.

The term “Mandela Effect” was first coined by paranormal researcher Fiona Broome in 2009. It was then when Broom started a website which deals with her observations of this phenomenon.

The idea behind the name and the entire concept of the Mandela Effect occurred to Broome when she was at a conference discussing how she remembered the sad passing of the former South African political leader and anti-Apartheid revolutionary during his political imprisonment in the 1980s.

This form of collective misremembering of common events or details first emerged in 2010, when countless people on the internet falsely remembered Nelson Mandela was dead. It was widely believed he had died in prison during the 1980s. In reality, Mandela was actually freed in 1990 and passed away in 2013 – despite some people’s claims, they remember clips of his funeral on TV.

In the latest decades, the Internet has played a large role in spreading misconceptions and creating false memories. Many people have formed their online communities and social groups with others sharing their beliefs in the common falsehood, which can have an even more negative effect on their views of the actual facts

Broome explains the Mandela Effect via pseudoscientific theories. She claims that differences arise from movement between parallel realities (the multiverse). This is based on the theory that within each universe alternative versions of events and objects exist.

Other theories propose that the Mandela Effect evidences changes in history caused by time travellers. Then there are the claims that distortions result from spiritual attacks linked to Satan, black magic or witchcraft. But although appealing to many, these theories are not scientifically testable.

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Video Sources:
Practical Psychology –
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Brew – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQG…

LEMMiNO – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRcg…

 

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