The Mandela Effect
The phrase “Mandela Effect” refers to people agreeing that they remember something differently than is officially recorded as being historical fact. The reference to Mandela is to the South African political leader, Nelson Mandela, since some people clearly remembered having seen his funeral back in the 1980s, which was decades before he later subsequently died in 2013.
Thanks to online discussion boards and social websites, people have been able to more quickly and easily confirm with others the specific things they remember differently than has officially “always been true.”
Some examples of commonly reported types of Mandela Effect include such general categories as: celebrities being alive again; changes in words in books; changes in words in movies; lyric changes in songs; some key visual elements in movies being different; product names and logos being different; changes to geography; changes to human anatomy; visual changes to animated characters; changes to buildings; changes to names of various foods; and changes in when songs, books, and movies were released.
The Mandela Effect invites us to pay closer attention. Like a game of “spot the difference,” we browse our memories of how we remember songs, books, movies, celebrities, TV shows, and news events to have been–and then compare our memories to what is officially recognized as being (presumably) unchangeable historical fact. We primarily must rely upon our own individual memories of what we had thought to be true, and we can sometimes benefit from comparing notes and checking with others who might remember things similarly to the way we do. People usually feel relieved to find others who do remember things the same way they do, especially when those memories no longer match the recorded facts.
Mandela Effect Examples
You can check to see if you might be Mandela Effected, too, by taking a self-test, to see what you remember. The idea when taking such a memory test is to go with whatever answer you remember first, rather than trying to figure it out, or think too much–and there really aren’t any ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers:
(1) In the animated Disney film, “Snow White,” the wicked witch gazes into her mirror saying, “_____________ Mirror on the wall… “
(2) What color are Star Wars android C-3PO’s legs?
(3) Where in your chest is your heart located?
(4) In Isaiah 11:6 in the Bible, what animal lies down with the lamb?
(5) The famous line in the film Field of Dreams is, “If you build it, ____ will come.”
Once you’ve reviewed your answers, you can check at the bottom of this article to see how your answers compare. It’s possible that you may remember some things differently than purportedly ‘have always been true,’ and if so, congratulations! You have experienced the Mandela Effect!
Why is the Mandela Effect happening now?
Some of the possible reasons for why people are experiencing the Mandela Effect have to do with:
(1) dismissing it as an artifact of false memories and confabulation;
(2) attributing it to some kind of conspiracy;
(3) taking it as evidence that we are living inside a simulation; and
(4) considering it as awareness of changes in human consciousness.
My take on the Mandela Effect is that we are experiencing changes in human consciousness, both on a collective and individual scale. After researching the Mandela Effect and reality shifts for over 20 years, it’s clear to me that false memories cannot account for all of the shifts that I and others have seen. The scope and scale of the shifts are far larger than any conspiracy.
While each person retains free will to ask questions and to be answered by Nature in such a way that might be completely unique to them, we also can view the Mandela Effect as a beautiful invitation to break free from limiting ideas. We can see evidence in the Mandela Effect of quantum behavior and phenomena that has long been thought to be confined only to “the quantum realm.” Such quantum phenomena as: non-local effects; superposition of states; entanglement; teleportation; bi-causality (going forward and backward in time); and tunneling. Yet with each passing day, we are finding ever-increasing evidence that quantum phenomena likely exists at every level of reality.
With the advent of the Mandela Effect, humanity is receiving an invitation to think outside the Boolean true-false box, and enter into a wonderfully interconnected, dynamic reality based in quantum consciousness.
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(2) Gold and silver
(3) the center
(4) the wolf
Some of the world’s leading experts in the field of quantum computing, such as Scott Aaronson, sound quite enthusiastic regarding the imminent arrival of quantum supremacy. “Quantum supremacy,” is meant in this context to suggest that quantum computing is expected at some point to be able to out-perform classical computing by a significant margin under verifiable (reproducible) conditions. There has been a great deal of buzz and excitement over an anticipated announcement by Google sometime soon that they have achieved such quantum supremacy.
Having said all that, when I think of the phrase ‘quantum supremacy,’ the first thing that comes to my mind is the title of a wonderful paper published in 2015 in Contemporary Physics by physicists David Jennings and Matthew Leifer, No Return to Classical Reality. Jennings and Leifer audaciously start their paper with the fighting words,
“At a fundamental level, the classical picture of the world is dead, and has been dead now for almost a century.”
This seemingly brash statement is fully backed by demonstrating that there exist fundamental phenomena of quantum theory that cannot be understood in classical terms. And as the authors state, “We now have a range of precise statements showing that whatever the ultimate laws of Nature are, they cannot be classical.”
I’ve touched on this topic before, and written about it in my 2015 paper, Primacy of Quantum Logic in the Natural World. Support can be found for the primacy of quantum logic in the natural world in the cognitive sciences, where recent research studies recognize quantum logic in studies of: the subconscious, decisions involving unknown interconnected variables, memory, and question sequencing.
From my perspective as a reality shifts and Mandela Effect researcher since 1998 (more than 20 years)–I’m absolutely thrilled by the prospect of considering classical reality to be a special case and subset of the greater and all encompassing quantum reality. And I’m thrilled that recently, we’re seeing ever-increasing evidence from scientific researchers that Jennings and Leifer’s bold assertion is quite likely true. We are unquestionably now in the Quantum Age, and reaching a point where many of us can see that there indeed is no return to classical reality.
One mind-boggling recent discovery indicating true quantum supremacy along the lines of “no return to classical reality,” is that time has been found to demonstrate truly quantum behavior. Physicists at the Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Vienna, and University of Queensland announced this year that particles aren’t the only ones capable of existing in a state of superposition–time is also capable of existing as if it’s in two or more states simultaneously. The international group of scientists looked at quantum temporal order, where no distinction exists as to whether one event caused another, or the other way around. They reported in the August 22, 2019 issue of Nature Communications that quantum properties of time exist such that cause and effect can exist in both a forward and backward direction. Specifically, they considered a thought experiment in which they considered the question, In a Quantum Future, Which Starship Destroys the Other?
Another exciting recent announcement came from physicist Markus Arndt and his team at the University of Vienna in Austria, as they announced in a paper published in September 2019 that Even Huge Molecules Follow the Quantum World’s Bizarre Rules. This finding challenges the long-standing assumption that there will always be one set of physics rules to follow for larger objects, and the wild, wacky, weird rules of quantum physics only need be considered for those tinier things ‘confined’ to the Planck scale.
Arndt and colleagues appear to be upsetting that old apple-cart, and beginning to topple long-standing assumptions, as his team have observed quantum-like properties in rather enormous molecules composed of 2,000 atoms, which is comparable in size to some proteins. These results immediately lend credence to the possibility that quantum mechanics might in fact be applicable at all sizes and scales.
The quest to find where, exactly, a ‘seam’ or boundary line of demarcation might exist between classical, relativistic and quantum ‘realms’ meet is exciting, since as quantum logic and rules keep being verified at ever-more-massive scales, there is a distinct possibility that there is no seam–there is no dividing line.
Those of us experiencing reality shifts, quantum jumps, and Mandela Effects will be glad to hear that we may be well on the way to developing a recognized, respectable scientific explanation that these types of phenomena (1) can be expected to naturally occur, (2) are a integral part of a recognized scientific model, and (3) are absolutely necessary in order for life and reality as we know it to even exist at all.
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This week brought us extraordinary news confirming that Nature appears to utilize a special kind of quantum search algorithm. The Grover’s search algorithm, when utilized by quantum computing systems, has the ability to almost immediately find what it is looking for. It is able to do so because it undergoes coherent evolution, such that it elegantly and efficiently hones in exactly on the answer (or answers) being sought.
Physicist Lov Kumar Grover was employed as a quantum physicist at Bell Labs in New Jersey in 1996, when he noticed an algorithm that could utilize special properties of quantum physics to more quickly find a target solution in the fewest possible search steps.
David Deutsch provides wonderfully informative descriptions of key elements of quantum computation a series of lectures at Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford, including a detailed description of Grover’s Search Algorithm. David describes how there exists a ‘marking operation’ that marks the target (answer) term in the quantum superposition state by changing its sign (described at 12:31 in the video). Deutsch describes how the Grover’s algorithm when utilized by quantum systems can search through a million possibilities in only about a thousand iterations, or search through one trillion possibilities in just a million iterations. And most spectacularly, the Grover’s search only exactly hits the sought-after target state only when N equals four, so that a single Oracle call of the Grover’s search algorithm is enough to do the whole search (21:57). The Oracle version of the Grover’s algorithm searching task has proven itself to be optimal–to be the fastest algorithmic search possible when compared with all other possible classical and quantum search algorithms.
Quickly finding Holes in the Grid
Stephane Guillet and colleagues at the University of Toulon in France have found evidence for the Grover search as a naturally occurring phenomenon, and provide the first evidence that electrons may naturally behave like a Grover search, seeking out defects in a material. Grover’s search algorithm can be reformulated as a kind of quantum walk across a given surface, conducting a search across a two-dimensional plane, and doing so much more quickly than a classical search. Guillet’s team simulated Grover’s searches for electrons that were exploring triangular and square grids. With square grids, electrons could choose between four different directions, and within triangular grids, electrons select between three different options. Guillet’s team also included defects in these grids, in the form of holes, and also quantum interference effects, all the while testing to see how quickly an electron could find a hole in the grid.
One giant breakthrough in Guillet’s team’s work is that they might just have found the process used by electrons in real life, moving across crystals in the real world. If free electrons implement something like the Grover search algorithm, scientists can bypass the need for developing fully error-correcting quantum computers, and follow the shortcut of finding places in Nature where the Grover search naturally occurs.
Searching the Genetic Code
Amazingly, the genetic DNA code utilized by every creature on our family tree of plants and animals is based on four nucleotide bases. These nucleotides (G, C, A, and T) encode information for constructing proteins from 20 amino acids. Researcher Apoorva Patel at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore described how Grover’s algorithm could explain the significance of four nucleotide bases and 20 amino acids in the paper, Quantum Algorithms and the Genetic Code. Patel showed that four is the optimal number for Nature to work with, such that the difference between four alternatives can be determined in a single step, utilizing Grover’s algorithm in a quantum process. And choosing which amino acid is best from 20 possibilities can be quickly determined in a three-step quantum search. It turns out that four nucleotide bases and 20 amino acids are the optimal numbers in order to ensure optimal efficiency in assembling DNA and proteins, provided the search operations are quantum–and not classical.
Quantum Processes are Nature’s Way
With an ever-increasing body of evidence, we are starting to see that not only can quantum processes occur in warm, wet, noisy natural settings such as biological systems, they likely play pivotal, dominant roles. We are at a juncture at the dawning of this new Quantum Age where we are privileged to see how quantum logic and quantum processes provide optimal solutions. And on some very deep level, we are already intuitively attuned to recognizing and appreciating such things as quantum search.
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The Power of Soulfulness
There is an amazing connection between soulfulness, Mandela Effect and reality shifts.
I’ve been re-reading a book by Jacob Needleman, I Am Not I. A key idea in this book is that Jacob Needleman has written a book about his older self, Jacob, meeting his younger self, Jerry. The idea here is that different levels of self can–and often do–interact. This book delves into the concept of soulfulness; it plays with the very concept of true self identity.
Awakening the Sleepwalkers
What Needleman recalls that Gurdjieff recommended most often to everyone was to:
“remember yourself always and everywhere.”
That’s a tall order, because following this directive really takes us out of our sense of self-definition by measurables. In the realm of measurables, we might think, for example, “I’ve been a teacher for this many years,” or “I’m a student at this level,” or “I earned this many dollars,” or “I’m married,” or “I’m divorced.”
These types of measurable statements might be considered to be accurate descriptors of yourself, but somehow they don’t get to the core of a sense of intense “I-ness.” There is an intense, transformative “I Am” quality. When you have this intense quality, you know it.
Jacob Needleman writes about the necessity of loving the universe in his book, I Am Not I.
For myself, I feel a necessity of feeling reverence, which is a combination for me of love and real respect–respect at a very real, divine quality. What Jacob Needleman and I share is that there has to be some level of divinity–of God. There has to be some recognition of grand ideas, big ideas, good ideas. This corresponds with my current fascination with the question, “How good can it get?”
What happens next is that when we go there when we keep remembering that soulfulness–when we allow ourselves to go there–I’ve observed over and over again that reality shifts occur. Our needs definitely will be met.
I notice myself in one state of measuring and observing–then I can drift my mind, and I notice that “I am”… with a grand sense of timelessness, infinite, soulfulness, meaning, purpose, value, and reverence.
From there, I’m not making small wishes of things I wish for my own comfort, but instead I’m getting to a place of recognizing that all my needs are being met. They have always been met. And when I give back by choosing to be of service to the highest, greatest place of goodness that I can possibly imagine, then indeed I do find out how good it can get.
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What if the Beatles didn’t exist?
What would the world be like without the music of the Beatles? I’ve been looking forward to seeing the new movie that raises this question called Yesterday, since several people told me this past month that it featured reality shifts and the Mandela effect.
Imagining a world without the Beatles might seem impossible, but that’s exactly where Yesterday’s lead character, Jack Malik, goes when he gets hit by a bus while riding his bicycle at the exact moment when a worldwide power failure plunges the streets into pitch-black darkness. This moment presents Jack with an extraordinary opportunity to bring forth ‘brand-new’ songs.
Feel-good romantic comedy
Watching Yesterday was fun from the point of view of a feel-good romantic comedy summer movie. Once I realized that this movie would not be delving into thoughts about the nature of reality, quantum consciousness, or why it seemed that only a few people in the entire world still remembered the most popular music group of all time–it was fun to watch.
I enjoyed the actors and romantic story line, and appreciated the numerous Beatles songs and some of the famous locations inspiring some songs. I especially loved watching Jack Malik, the main character, racking his brains to remember as clearly as possible what all the songs the Beatles ever wrote. Himesh Patel did a great job playing the role of Jack Malik, and Lily James was super as Jack’s first manager and childhood friend, Ellie. Kate McKinnon balanced beautifully on the razor-thin line between comedic and terrifying, as Jack’s Los Angeles business manager.
I was disappointed when the film’s characters showed little to no interest in exploring why the entire world had suddenly completely forgotten about the musical group the Beatles. This kind of reality shift has not (yet!) occurred; typically Mandela effects involve small changes to bits of movie dialogue, passages in books, product names, and dates of death. I’d have loved to see a more realistic portrayal of the Mandela effect and reality shifts, with some groups of individuals remembering some things, and others remembering something else–yet that was outside the scope of this movie.
I found it especially surprising that not only were the Beatles (as a musical group) gone, but so was J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of books, Coca-Cola, and cigarettes. Even any one of these things being gone is beyond what’s happened to date with the Mandela effect, let alone all four of them–so this movie felt more unrealistic than it needed or probably intended to be. Most Mandela effects and reality shifts to date don’t so much involve world-famous products, music and stories completely vanishing, as small changes happening here and there and everywhere.
This movie was great for all Beatles fans, and a good introduction to the Mandela effect and reality shifts for the general public.
Can implanted memories create new realities?
Blake Crouch’s new book, Recursion is a fast-paced thriller that explores how new memories might be implanted in humans, might create reality.
Studies published in 2015 showed that new memories were implanted in mice while they sleep. Karim Benchenane and colleagues at the Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution in Paris, France targeted place cells in mice. Researchers monitored ‘place cells’ in mice that fire in response to being in or thinking about a specific place, while mice walked in an enclosed area. Later, when the mice slept, researchers recognized when specific place cells fired–and at the exact moment when those neurons activated, stimulated brain areas associated with rewards in the sleeping mice. When the mice awoke, they walked directly to places newly associated with rewards.
In Recursion, Blake Crouch invites us to contemplate what would happen if we had access to technology that could allow us to go back and relive moments in our lives–this time doing something differently. Could we benefit from having access to the ability to get do-overs? Might changes in what we remember influence all of reality?
Within the world-view of Recursion, there is a phenomenon called “False Memory Syndrome,” or FMS. Characters collectively and simultaneously recall other parallel possible ‘time-lines’ or reality paths. This occurs when someone re-remembers an event from the past utilizing a technological ‘chair’ device. While an individual experiencing a revised memory literally ‘goes back in time’ to experience reliving their life that is now slightly different from what ‘actually occurred’ as a younger version of themselves, the rest of the world also gets ‘reset’ to that previous point in time, and then begins rolling forward in time. In Recursion, only the person who goes back in time has the ability to consciously revise history, since during their ‘do-over’ they are the one who knows what might have been that is now being changed.
Differences between ‘Recursion’ and Real Life
While ‘Recursion’ uses the term ‘reality shift’ throughout the story, with frequent mention of Mandela effects, these reality shifts are not exactly the same as what I have seen. The reality shifts and Mandela Effects in “Recursion’ operate as one-agreed-upon-objective-reality, rather than the subjective (not always in agreement) realities that starting this year in 2019 are beginning to be experimentally proven in quantum physics laboratory tests. Subjective reality is at the very heart of reality shifts and Mandela Effects, such that not everyone agrees upon any given reality shift, including the one involving Nelson Mandela that the Mandela effect was named after.
‘Recursion’ requires some kind of technology to operate in order for someone’s memories–and thus all of reality–to be changed. While some might argue that technology must be responsible for the Mandela effect and reality shifts, there are those of us who recognize evidence of humanity’s experiences with reality shifts going back to the dawn of human civilization, and beyond.
Physics Experiment Challenges Objective Reality
Scientific experimental research published in 2019 provides evidence that observers can witness the same event differently: two people can observe the exact same event, see two different things happen, and both be correct. Scientists Massimiliano Proietti at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and Caslav Brukner at the University of Vienna, Austria provide real-world evidence that two observers who are unaware of each other’s observations and measurements occurring at exactly the same physical place and time can witness two completely different realities. The implication is that our assumptions of ‘one shared objective reality’ is inaccurate. The experience of subjective realities match and reflect what experiencers of reality shifts and Mandela effects actually witness.
We appear to be witnessing numerous examples in Nature of subjective realities, which thanks to our long-standing bias of presuming objective reality has gone mostly unnoticed so far. A newfound recognition of the presence of quantum logic operating as the larger ‘universal set’ with a smaller, simpler subset of Boolean logic and classical physics operating within seems to be closer to the truth of how reality operates.
Can We Get Do-Overs?
Many people ask me how they can get some kind of do-over–some way to go back in time and relive past events, to ensure they play out differently. While technology is now being developed that can connect our memories with new feelings–such as rewarding feelings–I’ve not yet seen any indicators of people re-living their lives over the course of many days, weeks, months, or years. We certainly can reset our emotional state of mind (with or without technology to assist), but these resets are not (yet!) literally taking us back to be younger versions of ourselves all over again.
Memories Create Reality
Recursion did get point us in a fascinating and quite probably right direction: memories likely do have causative influence on physical reality. Those who’ve experienced some of the most profound reality shifts and Mandela Effects often witness reality shifts in keeping with what is needed and required–along the lines of what author PMH Atwater calls Future Memory. By recognizing that we can–and often do–connect with memories of possible futures and pasts, we can align ourselves with these other possible realities, and literally step out of one sequence of events into another. We thus do not so much ‘relive’ past experiences as walk between worlds, as I describe in my book, Reality Shifts.
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Listen to Intuition and Feel Intrinsic Goodness
Why Tune Intuition?
We can benefit from tuning our intuition to experience a sense of intrinsic goodness and divine consciousness. With positively-tuned intuition, we can more clearly recognize how best to solve problems, make decisions, and make plans. We can also gain a heightened sense of purpose, meaning, value and connection in our lives.
In western society, intuition receives less public acclaim and recognition than rational logic. Greater respect and admiration given to logical, Boolean ways of thinking than intuitive impressions and insights. Intuition is often viewed as ‘mere luck’.
Happiness is Found in the Unmeasurables
Ironically, those who base their lives more on measurables are not happier than those who focus primarily on unmeasurables. You can test this for yourself by writing a list on one side of a piece of things people live for that are measurable. On the other side, write down things people love that are unmeasurable. Things we can measure include: amounts of money, cars, houses, and other tangible stuff. Unmeasurables include: love, purpose, meaning and other intangibles. When the lists are complete, ask yourself whether you are happier with the measurables or the unmeasurables.
Our intuition can help us stay on track with the intangibles, and help us realize more fulfilled, joyful lives. The intuitive mind can thus be viewed as a sacred gift, and the rational mind works well as an excellent faithful servant. All great discoveries and inventions–and all great relationships–spring forth from intuitive, rather than logical, thought. And intuitive thinking is aligned with non-measurable feelings of purpose, meaning, and emotions such as love and gratitude.
You can listen more deeply to intuition by spending quiet time in nature, without goals or activities, just being in an observational state of mind. You can also pay attention to your dreams upon awakening. I find it helpful to meditate on my intention to receive messages in dreams before I go to sleep. Meditation can also be a powerful way to strengthen intuition. I enjoy many types of meditation, such as clearing my mind meditation, and walking meditation.
Connect with Intrinsic Goodness
When you listen, you may be surprised by unexpected information, thoughts, feelings and ideas that come through. Some may be helpful, but you might notice some–such as fears–do not seem so helpful. We can rise above fears by regaining our to connection with intrinsic goodness. You can tell by how fearful you are feeling how well you are connecting with a sense of intrinsic goodness at the heart of everything. You can reconnect with intrinsic goodness by remembering evidence of it in your life, such as with beloved pets or family members, or in nature.
The more attention you pay to what you are most grateful for, the better you can recognize how much more there is to feel deeply grateful for. You can feel such depth of gratitude for every blessing in your life that you enter into a state of reverence–of divine bliss. Such blissful joy is not dependent on external situations, and is available at any time, wherever you are.
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