Explaining the Mandela Effect (Prepare to have your brain scrambled!)

Explaining the Mandela Effect (Prepare to have your brain scrambled!)

August 13, 2019 71 By William Hollis


“What if I told you everything you know
is a lie.” This is a line made famous by The Matrix film. But, what if I told you that line was never
actually said in the movie. Despite some arguing that this line originated
in 2011, over a decade after The Matrix was released, many remain utterly convinced that
it was said by the character Morpheus in the original film. This is a Mandela Effect in action. Before we delve too deep into explaining the
Mandela Effect, I urge you to go and watch my previous video showcasing three worthy
examples of the Mandela Effect, if you have not done so already. This phenomenon is truly bizarre: the concept
that so many unconnected people, strangers, can remember a nonexistent event so identically
to one another. First, it is necessary to clarify what the
Mandela Effect, if real, suggests. It is, in essence, an effect without a cause:
after all, how can a memory be remembered when there was nothing to cause that memory
to form in the first place. It defies our every perception of reality
to merely even entertain the notion that such a fundamental aspect of our knowledge – a
clearly recalled memory – is, in fact, not true. It is simple, then, to dismiss all Mandela
Effects as confabulations: a disturbance of memory, produced by an unconscious fabrication
or misinterpretation of oneself or the world. Yet, this is a frustrating and reductionist
explanation, for there are so many thousands of people who remember the comedian Sinbad
starring in a genie movie; who swear to have seen Nelson Mandela’s funeral on television
before it happened; who recall Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper having goblets
in it; and many others. Materialistic explanations, limited to our
current understanding of the world around us, serve as blanket assertions. Such sweeping claims are always dangerous
to make: whilst they may at times be correct, more often than not the stance of “it cannot
be because it cannot” lacks detailed explanation beyond an assertion, thus collapsing any further
potential discussion. Such an explanation, then, does not follow
the standards of appropriate scientific enquiry into a given phenomenon. As mentioned before, it is almost impossible
to explain the Mandela Effect in terms of cause and effect; so, understandably, it’s
safer – and easier – to dismiss it altogether. If one is determined to keep to the material
universe as we know it, there is one viable explanation. However, it does involve aliens. Many people who claim to be alien abductees
report being shown images, and even films, that never existed whilst on board alien spacecraft. Could Mandela Effects be the suppressed memories
of possible abductees of their time on board an alien spacecraft? Whilst an extraterrestrial explanation does
provide a cause to the effect, it does fall into the inevitable trap of being indefensible
due to a lack of precise, non-testimonial evidence. However, if we open ourselves up to what is
scientifically viable, the interference of time travelers could be a potential explanation
for the Mandela Effect. Indeed, scientists have suggested that people
can travel back in time through a traversable wormhole. Such wormholes, in theory, would bend space
and time, allowing for a person to go back in time. Thereby, Mandela Effects could be caused either
directly or indirectly by time travelers, indirectly being an example of a butterfly
effect. These changes, whilst forgotten by the majority
of the population, are retained by some. It is these people who experience Mandela
Effects, which are memories based on remnant memories of the world before the change. However, this does not make complete sense. For, if space and time are changed, why would
a minority of people still be remembering an event that now never happened? This would be akin to saying that particular
molecules in matter can exist in two states at one time. Space and time, as we know it, cannot be altered
once an effect has been caused by an event. Water molecules may be frozen into ice, but
those molecules are ice even if you put them in a glass of water. It is only when they change back into water,
changing state, that they become something else. An event causes someone to remember it. Someone travels back in time to change that
event. Now that the event is changed, so will be
the memory. An observer of an event can only remember
the event as it is observed – not an alternate event, even if it did once exist. There can be no remnants in this situation. That is, unless cause and effect do not matter. At this point, one can begin to question the
very fundamentals of cause and effect. The proposition of the Axiom of Causality
is that everything in the universe has a cause and is thus an effect of that cause. This is accepted science. However, there have been those who have questioned
this scientific absolute. It is this questioning which may provide an
opening for the seemingly impossibility of the Mandela Effect. The analytical psychiatrist Carl Jung put
forward the notion of synchronicity in the 1950s. This is the idea that events do not always
need to have a causal relationship. Indeed, some seemingly meaningless coincidences,
are in fact “meaningful” despite having no obvious thread which connects them. Jung’s belief was that, just as events may
be connected by causality, they may also be connected by meaning. Events connected by meaning need not have
an explanation in terms of causality. Therefore, these “meaningful coincidences”
have an effect upon the universe without having a cause. The notion of synchronicity can, then, be
used in regards to the Mandela Effect. We could interpret these false memories as
a series of “meaningful coincidences”, that have only now become widely apparent,
through the exchange of information on the Internet and our societies’ high level of
interconnectivity. According to Jung’s philosophical concept,
these so-called Mandela Effects can be interpreted as an example of large-scale synchronicity,
whose meaning and relationship is yet to become apparent. Synchronicity may explain such things as letters
changing, or even phrases in the Bible becoming different. However, it is difficult to explain how, for
example, a whole event or a movie, remembered so vividly by so many, may only exist as an
acausal memory. This attempts to stretch the boundaries of
synchronicity too far. It seems, therefore, that an additional explanation
is required. Thus, we must journey deeper into the rabbit
hole. Another of Carl Jung’s theories revolves
around the idea of a “collective unconscious”. That is to say that people are not merely
born a blank slate, but rather that there are pre-existing forces which shape our memories
and ideas that have extended across the history of our species. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man of the moon,
and PhD graduate in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, has expanded on Jung’s theory
by theorising the idea of a quantum hologram. The quantum hologram is not a hologram in
the sense of a computer program. Rather, it is proposed to be the manner in
which we see the world around us. Mitchell has theorised that our consciousness
operates in a different way than one would expect: we do not see through our eyes, but
through our minds. Our eyes receive stimuli from the outside
world, which is then relayed to our brains in order for a mirror image of our physical
surroundings to be produced. This is the quantum hologram. In order for us to see the things we see the
way we do, we ourselves have to send out a signal which resonates with our environment. Once this signal returns to us, imbued with
information, the three dimensional hologram is constructed by our brains. This is similar to the way that a high-powered
telescope or MRI machine sends out a laser or signal to help construct an image that
we can understand. Mitchell argues the mind does the same thing
with our surroundings: without this visual representation in our minds, the hologram,
we would not be able to make sense of our surroundings. Mitchell further argues that our minds work
as an information processing unit, which stores and retrieves memory information from the
zero point field. A quantum mechanical term, the zero point
field refers to non-excited matter which is present, at the atomic level, everywhere. After all, at the centre of every proton,
the major building block of an atom, is a vacuum. Zero point fields exist within these vacuums. In this field, all things resonate with one
another exchanging information, imperceptibly. Simply put, the zero point field is a universal
information bank, which exists regardless of time and place. Admittedly this a gross over simplification
of Mitchell’s fascinating and thought-provoking theory. If you are interested in learning more about
this, I urge you to do your own further research, starting with the links which can be found
in my footnotes. To summarise very briefly then the quantum
hologram theory, the world we see is created in our minds from the resonants received,
via the medium of our eye and other sensory receptors, from the communal information dump
of the zero point field. Once interpreted, this information is returned
and stored once again in this universal information bank. Applying this to the Mandela Effect, one can
begin to make more sense of the phenomenon. In the example of Biblical passages, if enough
people were to remember it incorrectly, the basis of the zero point field in this manner
could be changed. That is to say that future users of the zero
point field may retrieve incorrect information. Similarly, in the case of Nelson Mandela’s
death being remembered by some in the 1980s, a personal misinterpretation of, for example,
Steve Biko’s death – another South African anti-apartheid activist who died in police
custody in 1977 – could have altered the zero point field. The concept of a communal information bank
seems to explain the Mandela Effect tidily enough. However, it does not account for why so many
people would experience the same, seemingly irrelevant, nonexistent event over and over
again, thus polluting the zero point field. Here, Jung’s concept of synchronicity is
useful: seemingly meaningless, acausal coincidences may actually possess a hidden meaning. Those who recall the same Mandela Effects,
engaging in collective remembering of a fiction, could share a meaning which we are yet to
comprehend. Another possible explanation involves the
work of prestigious scientists, like Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene. They have put forward the idea that the universe
is not singular, but is in fact part of an infinite multiverse. In this scenario, every possible outcome is
happening concurrently in an infinite series of parallel universes. In one universe Shaquille O’Neal is cast
to play the role of Shazam the genie. In another, he is cast to play Kazaam the
genie. In another again the comedian Sinbad is Kazaam. And, in a fourth, Sinbad plays the genie Shazam. Every possible outcome occurs. These universes have been theorized to comprise
all sorts of shapes and sizes. From that of a series of layers akin to the
slices of a loaf of bread, to something similar to a human brain, where every universe is
connected to one another like a series of neurons. In these universes, not only have alternative
histories and events been postulated to exist, but also there being completely different
sets of Laws of Physics. Thus, the Mandela Effect being memories from
a different, or many different universes, would fit neatly into a multiverse explanation. Yet, it does not explain how some remember
events from other universes, whilst others do not. Many multiverse theoreticians state that it
is possible for the different universes to interact with and be connected to one another. This, in effect, is where we can combine all
of the theories stated before into one potential explanation of the Mandela Effect. Perhaps, as Mitchell has proposed, we are
resonating with our environment at a quantum level, in order to process information as
a three dimensional hologram in our minds. But, our environment is itself a multiverse,
made up of many universes interacting and resonating with other universes in the same
way that our minds do with the environment. Thus, some people resonate with other universes
at times, gathering information and experiencing reality as it is in another plane of existence. This could happen in the same way that two
radios can emit the same signal from different places. And, since memories exist in the zero point
field, which itself exists, in theory, across all universes – ignoring space and time – we
remember the same things across all universes as well. Why only a certain number of people remember
the same thing is then left to Jung’s synchronicity: the meaning of the meaningful coincidences
remaining allusive. It is important to note now, that it is impossible
for this explanation to be proven with conclusive evidence. This is merely the presentation a hypothesis
for a phenomenon which cannot be thoroughly proved or disproved. The ideas discussed in this video have been
developed upon a layman’s understanding of advanced sciences like quantum mechanics
and astrophysics. As such, I encourage you to do further reading
to learn more for yourself. Regardless, I hope that this video has, at
the very least, presented thought-provoking ideas which can promote further discussion
on the enigma that is the Mandela Effect. Thank you for watching. If you enjoyed this, please give this video
a thumbs up to let me know. And, if you haven’t already, why not watch
my previous video on the Mandela Effect, in which I discuss three worthy examples in detail. Remember, the more you know, the more there
is to fear.