Thanks to social media, the conspiracy theory of the Mandela Effect has recently gone viral. Throughout the world, those who are aware are either spooked by or firmly believe in this theory, which suggests that our world may have “slid” past a parallel universe. Regardless of the different views surrounding the highly controversial topic, however, it has yet to be scientifically proven.
According to the Mandela Effect site, the general suggestion of this theory is that a group of people all misremember the same detail, event, or physicality. It was named after the incident in which a large group remembered Nelson Mandela’s actual death to be in 1980 while he was in prison, much earlier than his actual death in 2013. After this, more memories and beliefs came to attention: the Berenstein Bears vs. the Berenstain Bears, “Luke, I am your father,” vs. “No, I am your father,” and “Mirror Mirror on the wall vs. Magic Mirror on the wall.”
“I could almost swear that the series was spelled the Berenstein Bears with an E,” said Macy Dimson, a sophomore at a Palos Verdes high school. “But when I searched online and looked at the physical book copies, they were all spelled with an A!”
Dimson is not the only one confused and shocked at such findings. When paranormal enthusiast Fiona Broome originally came up with such thoughts and publicly announced her beliefs, many people found it ridiculous. More contradicting beliefs, however, are what caught the attention of scientists and experts.
“When my student first talked about her research on this topic, I was unfamiliar with it,” said Professor Michael Shermer of Chapman University. “Although I’m still skeptical about believing in it, the “Many Worlds” interpretation of quantum physics is a legitimate theory, even if it is unproven. Whenever a quantum event occurs, the universe splits into parallel universes and timelines. These little glitches are apparently signs of other universes and timelines coming into contact with ours.”
Similar to the “Many Worlds” interpretation, other unproven scientific theories have risen to the spotlight. According to author David Emery, most commonly accepted ones include the parallel universe, which suggests that our world alternates between different universes, while another is that we all exist in a resemblance of the “holodeck,” which states that apparent memory glitches are actually software glitches that cause inconsistencies in our perception of reality.
Although there is no scientific, or logical, answer to this mystery, it may just actually be a play of our minds. After all, our memories aren’t always so accurate. While for some, the Mandela Effect remains an interesting mystery and a lifetime goal for others, there isn’t much we can do except to continue advancing in our sciences.