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Which Mandela Effects have you seen that are the real thing? Which have you seen that aren’t?

If you’ve heard about the Mandela Effect, you might be wondering how to tell when you’re face-to-face with a genuine Mandela Effect, and when you’re not, and the truth about how you can tell might surprise you!

The Mandela Effect demonstrates that facts and histories can change, and not everyone remembers things the same way. I’ve received emails from people writing, “I think I’ve experienced a Mandela Effect, but I’m not sure,” which indicates many people would like to know how we can tell when we’ve encountered a genuine Mandela Effect experience–or not.

There is understandably some confusion on this matter, mostly because open-minded skeptics and smug scoffers both at various times make the case that as French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace once wrote, “The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.” And it doesn’t seem too unreasonable to expect that we ought to be able to provide evidence for each proffered example of the Mandela Effect, if what we’re experiencing is real, right?

Ironically, one of the main reasons controversy exists about the Mandela Effect has to do with the fact that most any time physical evidence can be found of an instance suggesting parallel realities, at some point we will likely discover that this case of Mandela Effect was actually not the real deal.

So How Can We Tell the Difference?

My preferred explanation for all this is that we are observing quantum phenomena on the macroscopic scale, and there is no ‘von Neumann cut’ where we can start disregarding quantum effects. Quantum discontinuities can (and do) occur at every level. The way we are noticing these kinds of quantum jumps, reality shifts, alternate histories, and Mandela Effects is that we are finding examples where our memories do not match the official historical record of facts–the facts appear different than we remember, and there is a sense that things ‘have always been this way.’ Here is a simple three-step test you can use to discern whether something is the genuine Mandela Effect, or not:

(1) The Only “Proof” is Our Memories

ProofJust like Chief Seattle’s excellent advice for wilderness travelers to “take only memories, leave only footprints,” it seems travelers between parallel possible worlds are able to do only that. While evidence of different memories will likely be dissatisfactory to skeptics and unacceptable to scoffers, our memory actually is the only evidence people are able to find of Mandela Effect examples when they are the genuine article. While memories have gotten a bum rap for years as being unreliable, it’s worth considering that some of the reasons that memories have been noted for not corresponding to historical recorded facts just might be that the Mandela Effect has been happening since before the dawn of human recorded history–which is what I believe is actually true. Now this is not to say that every time someone mis-remembers something or is confused as to what they remember we’re encountering a Mandela Effect–but it is to say that every one of those times actually might represent an example of the Mandela Effect in action.

(2) Side-By-Side Physical Examples Don’t Occur

One of the identifying hallmarks of the Mandela Effect is that when our attention is riveted by a possible case of Mandela Effect, we will not find simultaneous physical proof showing other realities we might remember. For example, if we recall the song on Mister Rogers Neighborhood to include Mr. Rogers singing, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,” we will only now be able to find the lyrics being sung “the way it’s always been sung,” which at this time seems to be, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood.” There will not be both versions of the song in existence, but rather just the one version–which is precisely why so many people are mystified by the change. When testing to see whether a possible example of the Mandela Effect is genuine, and we turn up a strong presence of side-by-side examples of, for example, a corporate logo in transition–then we acknowledge that this is not an example of the Mandela Effect.

2012feb8Moon copy(3) We Might Notice Flip-Flops

While it is sometimes possible to physically witness evidence of more than one reality, such experiences will not occur concurrently, with evidence of both presenting at the same time. Genuine Mandela Effect examples of reality shifts (that are seemingly happening randomly) and quantum jumps (that might be associated with miraculous instant changes) can sometimes be experienced as “flip-flopping” back and forth between different possible realities. Some examples of this kind of thing that I’ve personally witnessed include: business hours changing back and forth between “always being open until 10pm” or “always being open until midnight; the rain gutters on my neighbor’s house always having had leaf guards, or never having had leaf guards; our elderly dog developing visible cataracts in both eyes or not having visible cataracts. These are just a few examples–and in each case, eventually one of the possible realities was selected as “always having been true.” During these times of flip-flopping realities, we will not see side-by-side examples of concurrent physical realities existing simultaneously, but rather just one or another–even though we know we’ve seen the other realities.


Why Our Current Scientific Method Can’t Provide “Proof”

Our existing scientific method was founded on old assumptions that cannot function when dealing with the reality of quantum physics. When quantum mechanics first arrived on the scene around 1900, many scientists fervently hoped they would not need to deal with any revision to the way scientific studies are conducted. Quantum weirdness such as “spooky action at a distance,” quantum tunneling, quantum teleportation, quantum superposition of states, and quantum coherence were all considered part of the weird, wonderful world of the realm of the very, very small, with nothing whatsoever to do with the ordinary human experience of the world. The built-in assumptions of the classical scientific method can’t stand up to quantum physics, yet they have remained largely unquestioned and unrevised now for over a hundred years.

Material realism’s first assumption of strong objectivity asserts there is an objective material universe “out there” that is independent of us. For example, we hope to understand chemistry by studying the interaction of chemicals, and physics by studying how physical bodies interact … yet we do not consider ourselves to be in any way entangled in what we are observing. We often imagine that we can be perfect voyeurs, having no appreciable impact whatsoever on the subjects of our study. The validity of this assumption becomes questionable when we see how inextricably connected the observer is to quantum physics experiments; the observer plays the decisive role in determining what is observed.

The second assumption of causal determinism is the familiar idea that once we understand the forces causing change in a given system, we can accurately predict the effect those causes will have. We would expect to be able to predict what would happen when we roll a marble towards a bunch of other marbles, if we knew where all the marbles were and the position and speed of the striking marble. As we will see in this chapter, quantum physics challenges our ability to understand all that we need in order to make such predictions, since the uncertainty principle does not allow us to know both an object’s velocity and position. We cannot accurately make predictions in the realm of quantum physics, other than having a sense of statistical probability for certain outcomes. Werner Heisenberg proposed in his uncertainty principle that quanta must be described as waves while they travel and particles when they are viewed, and Niels Bohr added that it’s impossible to specify the observed atom’s wave function separately from it’s observing electron. Chaos theory is another challenge to causal determinism, as the universe appears to behave unpredictably at its very core.

The third assumption of locality in material realism is the concept that objects exist independently and separately from one another. We study each experimental subject with the assumption that it is separate from other objects so we can conduct different experiments in different conditions and believe that we are studying an isolated, independent subject. At odds with this assumption is the observation of some twin quantum particles that have shown separated objects can and do remain in synchronization with each other across time and space … continuing to correlate their angles of spin with each other. This was first considered in the “Einstein-Podolsky- Rosen paradox,” later verified in the laboratory, and mathematically demonstrated by Bell’s theorem.

Assumptions of material or physical monism and epiphenomenalism assert that subjective mental phenomena are simply epiphenomena of matter. In other words, the material world is the primary mover and shaker, and things we think we observe through our minds are irrelevant, “immaterial” inconsequential side effects. Quantum physics shows us the weakness of these assumptions when we consider how observers who take quantum measurements collapse quantum waves at the moment they make that observation.

Now that we know that the assumptions forming the basis for material realism are so shaken by findings of quantum physics experiments, it’s time to start refining and revising the above assumptions of material realism into assumptions that include mind along with matter, and that better agree with the findings of quantum physics.


Gotta Catch ’em All!

At this time when one of the more popular games is Pokemon Go, with people streaming into parks, cell phones in hand, hoping to see and capture Pokemon “pocket monsters,” people are playing a real-life game of finding possible samples of the Mandela Effect all around. Corporate logos often come up as possible Mandela Effect examples, providing excellent test cases by which to see if they pass the Mandela Effect Test. 


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Comments on: "3 Qualities of Genuine Mandela Effects" (31)

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  2. Donald Anderson said:

    “Nobody does it like Sara Lee” and Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee”. What’s up with that? 🙂

  3. Your dog example reminded about my previous dog. One of her largest whiskers turned white. Then I would notice it to be black, and back and forth like that for years. I thought she may have contained the cure for gray hair!! Now I think it could have been quantum jumping?

  4. Seven Ravens said:

    This explains so much to me.

    When I was in high school (early ’90’s), I remember hearing on the news — for several days in a row — that Christian Slater had died of a drug overdose. Another day, I got off the bus, to be informed by my mom, that Meatloaf had passed away. For 15+ years, I never heard anything otherwise, then within a space of a few weeks, I found out that both were still alive. When I told my mom, she refused to believe me, and did her own google searches to verify the reports.

    Last year, in a two week period, I ran into three different people I’d known for years, but hadn’t hung out with for about five years, who all excitedly asked if I’d moved back to the area. When I told them I’d never left, just circumstances had changed, they were very perplexed. Some said they had tried to call, another had stopped by our house several times, before they heard we’d moved, and said it appeared that someone else lived there. This made me wonder if a rumor of me moving had caused several others to drop out of my life, and when I contacted them on facebook, they said they had heard I had moved shortly after their phone calls quit going through. They were miffed that I hadn’t said goodbye, and evidently never received the messages I’d left on their machines, before deciding we’d drifted apart.

    • Thanks for sharing these experiences, since I’m certain it will jog peoples’ memories involving other similarly mysterious behaviors of friends. I’m really glad you’re reconnecting with those who thought you’d completely left the area! I co-authored a paper that I presented at a conference where I talked about how we can learn to accept that in disagreements, two (or more) people might all be right. “When Worlds Collide: How Parallel Realities Can Heal Interpersonal Relationships.”

  5. Vivek narain said:

    In retrospect we can theorise that the block multiverse exists and what we experience as non-determinism is in fact jumping into different verse,each verse having determined timeline.Teleology simply shifts people from one reality to another,according to their attitude,there being no need for contingency,grand design already scripted in toto,no heat death for any universe.

  6. kategladstone said:

    If the “Mandela Effect” can change how one or more physical objects are (or always were), why couldn’t it likewise change how one or more _memories_ are (or always were)?

    EXAMPLE: Suppose you notice one day that the neighbor’s house (which you remember as being painted green) is in fact painted brown. Your neighbor says that it was always brown. You assume that what has mysteriously changed is the house (changing from green to brown), but why wouldn’t it be at least as sensible to assume that what has mysteriously changed is your memory — that you once had a “that house is brown” memory, but that this memory itself has mysteriously changed,to a “that house is green” memory that leaves you surprised now at the (still) brown house?

    • The ‘evidence’ of Mandela Effect lies entirely in the memories, such as a house being a different color, a celebrity having died, or there not being any research papers on a given topic (and suddenly there are, and always have been).

      • kategladstone said:

        Then, how do you know that memories — the only evidence — are somehow safe? Silly analogy: Suppose that, long ago, our neurons were tampered with (by whomever/whatever), changing our memories of “reading in the Bible about our first parents, Adam and Eve”into memories of “reading in the Bible about our first parents, Steve and Bernice.” Now, suppose that, meanwhile, the Bible was NOT tampered with … it still said, just as always, “Adam and Eve” … so we, falsely recalling “Steve and Bernice,” next time we picked up a Bible and started reading, would be SURE it had been changed … we would freak out, and tell all our friends (who would agree with us, as they would share the same implanted false memory) ……

  7. kategladstone said:

    Re “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee” —

    The earlier Sara Lee slogan, back in the 1970s when I was a kid, had been a TV singing commercial:

    “EV’rybody DOESn’t-Like SOMEthing … ”
    [this line was sung while the screen displayed people frowning at plates of broccoli, liver, prunes, and other often-hated foods]
    “But NObody DOESn’t-Like SAra LEE!”
    [this line was accompanied by pictures of people smiling and enjoying Sara Lee cakes]

    Eventually, the ads dropped the first line: removing the context of the second line, which made it easy to misunderstand.

  8. Vivek narain said:

    Mandela effect by default implies that no material evidence of alternate memory can exist,same as the metaphysics implies that we can never know what lies beyond death.In my conversation with Dr. Penny Sartori,she eventually agreed that NDE research will never conclusively reveal the mechanics of afterdeath and only actual death will provide the answer to an individual.Though my Sri Lanka survey has given startling results,people from 20 yrs old to 60 yrs,of all walks of life,have unanimously indicated the alternate location.

  9. kategladstone said:

    Even scarier than all the “Bible Mandela Effects” are a few of the _un_changed facts about the King James Bible:

  10. I disagree that there are not simultaneous differences in evidence across multiple realities. Many examples can be found in art work that was devotional or created by acts of will rather than free form. one case in point is the memory of Lions and lambs rather than wolves and lambs. Many inspired artworks exist showing both metaphorical bases. If a person is inspired to create from a reference muse that has changed many instances of evidence of the inspiration exist.

    • Thanks for making the cogent point that when people create works of art or writing based on remembering other realities, we do have some form of second-hand evidence that those realities exist. What I meant was simply that so far I’ve not yet witnessed physical evidence of the variety skeptics demand, that could show, for example, side-by-side jars of Jif and Jiffy peanut butter.

      • Vivek narain said:

        Collateral anecdotes are the most important clues to different reality,i have stressed this point many times in the And there are quite a few of such gems in the behemoth of Fiona’s site.

  11. In this google search there is plenty of testimonial back in time of the death of Mandela:

    Can you see it or your reality is different than mine?

    • I remember Mandela’s death a few years back–and I also remember his death back when he was in jail many decades ago. Some of us remember both–whereas some people who were living in South Africa all this time only remember the recent death a few years back.

  12. We shift and shift thru infinity. So it’s not surprising to me that I can remember several versions. I find differences every day from large to small, personal and otherwise. It does remind me of being a kid in school in that way. Today I learned that there is a whale in this reality called a Narwhal. It’s real in this reality and can be ‘Wikipedia’d’ I clearly, as clearly and strongly as the other ‘mandella’s’, remember the idea of a Narwhal being laughed at by science, and pronounced as a myth. Here, they call it the ‘unicorn of the sea’. That is so funny to me. Laughable in one reality, and ‘science’ in another. Boy does that ever make me ‘hold out’ for a reality with Nessie and others of her kind. 🙂 I feel safe not feeling ‘locked’ into a particular reality. That was not true for me until recently.

    • I’m glad you are feeling safe as you find you are free to roam between realities–not locked into any particular one, and seeing differences large and small!

      • Vivek narain said:

        Infact when ‘multiple realities’ has become an accepted truth,we can do away with the term ‘reality’ and replace it with ‘projection’ or any other ubiquitous word.

  13. I am separating from the military and going through my records I have documentation for participating in Iraqi Freedom, never been to Iraq. I have a coin (those who served know what a coin is) from a mission I have never been on. My chronological list of assignments list a special duty assignment too specialized to assign a mos. The last weird thing is I found an article from 2013 where I was recognized by the FAA yes I have a pilot license but have never been officially recognized by the FAA. But there is a whole article online about it. Has anyone else had similar experiences?

    • kategladstone said:

      I’ve been told (by some military and ex-military people) that wrong bits of information in your record (and even supporting artifacts, such as challenge coins from operations you were never part of) are not unknown when the military wants to cover up, for any reason, where you actual were & what you actually did. I am neither military nor ex-military, so I have no way to know the truth of that.

  14. Vivek narain said:

    Reality shifts do happen and if somebody has an agenda to ridicule such facts at every oppurtunity,it hardly matters to the matrix.

  15. Email me please! I have lots of info.

  16. Coded messages

  17. Vivek narain said:

    Matrix is open to anyone who is genuine enough,no private info or coded message counts.

  18. Valerie said:

    In the case of The Thinker, Rodin’s statue, there are numerous proofs: G.B Shaw was invited to the inauguration of the statue, and proposed to take the pose and be photographed. The photo is still with the fist closed on the forehead while The Thinker is now open hand on the mouth. If you search, you can find several descriptions of the statue with the fist on the forehead but also the fist under the chin. So there seems to have been at least 2 changes. I am French, and I read some descriptions in French: there’s no doubt, no confusion possible.
    This phenomenon is amazing! But I’d like to see The Thinker going to its original version: I remember it: it was much nicer! 🙂

  19. You’ve one of the better webpages.|

  20. I’ve always believed/thought that history was a very subjective truth. Many of us may experience a global event (for instance the horrors of 9/11), but we each have very different and very subjective remembrances and details for that event. Therefore, when you read a book about an historical event, you need to wonder what the author’s goals are in writing the book, as well as what life experiences he or she has had that will affect how he or she views and relays the events.

    Even news reporters, no matter how unbiased they try to be, will still skew the information based on their own experiences and viewpoints (or those of their editor’s).

    Thank you for an interesting read.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting on this post. Recent quantum physics experiments (which I report in this recent article: ) indicate it’s entirely possible that two observers of the exact same event can witness very different observations–yet both observers can be considered to be correct. Rather than there being just one ‘true’ set of historical facts, we may instead be living in a universe in which we are constantly experiencing a variety of possible experiences of events.

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