Are Blurry Blobs Part of the Mandela Effect?

For those interested in the Mandela Effect and the myriad explanations for different memories, a (rather geeky) article at Quanta Magazine may be relevant: How the Brain Distinguishes Memories from Perceptions.

Mandela Effect - Clear Memories or Blurry Blobs?

From that article:

“…This suggests that when the memory of the image was stored, only the highest-level representation of it was kept. When the memory was experienced again, all the areas of the visual cortex were activated — but their activity was based on the less precise version as an input.” [emphasis added]

I’m not sure anyone with clear, alternate memories will appreciate the reference to “large, blurry blobs,” and it’s important not to seize this as a one-size-fits-all answer to the Mandela Effect.

In my opinion, there is no single, simple explanation.

That’s even more important when the conflicting memory represents more than a single, discreet moment.

The “blurry blob” theory might explain a stand-alone memory of, say, the time when — for a few minutes — you were separated from a friend in a crowded subway, when that friend insists it happened at a sports event.

But for more multi-faceted memories, this still falls short of an answer to what’s causing the Mandela Effect.

Of course, I question the idea that there’s a single explanation for the Mandela Effect, but the “blurry blob” theory might help us understand a few different memories.