I am absolutely delighted to see this article at SK Pop, “What is the Mandela effect? Quantum Physics expert provides insight on evidence of multiple realities through reports of false memory syndrome.”
Here’s why, with a brief journey through Mandela Effect history.
Way back when…
Okay, it was 2009 – 2010, shortly after I launched the MandelaEffect.com website.
That’s when our related conversations were fun. It was speculative. Very sci-fi. Thoroughly geeky, and often hilarious.
We talked about quantum theories, and referenced holodecks, Star Trek episodes, Sliders (TV series), and so on.
Then people discovered that their memories of the Berenstein Bear books weren’t quite correct; the books were about the Berenstain Bears.
(George Takei was among the very first to post about this. And George, if you see this, we know each other through mutual friend Bjo T.)
And then, the Mandela Effect topic exploded.
Sharing our memories, theories, and insights, we found patterns of anomalies.
Some pointed to false memories, media errors, and simple confusions.
A few – like the more detailed memories of Nelson Mandela’s death and funeral, plus the Berenstain Bears topic – lingered and remained intriguing.
But then… trolls found us. Some reported obviously fake memories and — not realizing that I could see their IP numbers and time stamps, and consistent grammar/spelling errors — they tried to post supporting, “Me, too!” claims to enhance their credibility.
And then, outside the Mandela Effect website, conversations turned ugly.
Conspiracy theories started.
Some were vicious. And they’ve lingered at sites like Reddit, etc. That’s why — to my chagrin — the SK Pop article says, “… the Mandela Effect is an interesting conspiracy theory in which many people misremember similar things about pop culture or lifestyle.”
No, the Mandela Effect was never intended as a conspiracy theory.
In fact, our discussions began as a quirky phenomenon I wanted to research among friends.
Our early conversations mixed speculation and science. We didn’t take ourselves seriously.
That’s why, when the topic became politicized in some circles, I walked away as fast as I could… but sadly. I’d loved our debates about the fun/sci-fi aspects of the Mandela Effect, and hated how they’d been lost in the din of contrived controversy.
I’d be thrilled if we’ve reached a tipping point where our whimsical, entertaining conversations — with the occasional quantum references — can resume.
Fingers crossed, the SK Pop article and others like them will restart fun, speculative discussions about the Mandela Effect.