What is the Mandela Effect and is it Real?

img_0116I admit that I have too much time on my hands or that I waste my time watching tin foil hat kind of things instead of doing the things I probably should be doing. But, I’m retired and if I can’t spend my time doing what I want with it then what good is retirement, right?

So, somewhere in all the various weird things I watch on YouTube or read on the internet the subject of the Mandela Effect (ME) came to my attention. The premise is that some people remember Nelson Mandela dieing in prison and others remember that he did not die and remember his release. Thus the hypothesis that there have been changes made to our reality. Let me say here and now, I do not believe in the Mandela Effect. So many things that people point to as ‘proof’ of the ME are just hearsay, faulty memory, or down right lies promulgated by those who want attention. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember.

But I do have some opinions. Here I go again, expressing myself, but that is the reason this blog was originally started.

For the most part the erroneous memories are explainable. I think there may be some who are experiencing some type of personality disorder that is creating false memories and they cannot distinguish the difference between reality and what they think they remember. Whether this is an organic illness or a spiritual matter is something that I cannot determine. I was reading the comments on one of the YouTube channels and there was one person who seemed to believe that he/she had experienced a traumatic event in their life. The following commentary then went of to describe a myriad of different memories including one that included his/her own death. That was an extreme case that I think was either from brain injury, mental disorder, or an out and out lie for the attention seeking.

My daughter happens to be taken in by the false memory related to the Berenstein/Berenstain ME supposed proof. She thinks she remembers it as Berenstein Bears. But I distinctly remember a day when they were little that I looked at one of the books and realized that I had misread the title and it wasn’t spelled at all the way I had assumed. The thought was something to the effect of, “Wow, I’ve been misspelling it all along. How interesting that the brain overlooks little things based on a preconceived assumptions.”

The number of images and memes that are on the internet to prove this phenomenon is vast. Logos abound from Tidy Cats cat litter to the Ford logo with the pigtail. I didn’t have any indoor cats so the cat litter was not my concern but it seems to me that when I watched TV the litter was promoted to accommodate several cats so it just makes sense to me that the brand would be Tidy Cats, however, many people think it was just Tidy Cat and has been changed. So many more examples of faulty memory or the attempt to confuse people into believing that ME is a real phenomenon.

Honestly, if someone were able to cross into another dimension and make changes, why in the world would they bother with such menial things as logos? Change the course of world history, solve the worlds problems, do something that is a game changer. Not some piddly little thing that has no real impact on humanity as a whole. Really? If you can’t make big changes why bother?

There is adequate study on the brain and memory that recognizes people have faulty memories because they do not take in details until pointed out and when false information is presented it impacts their perception of their actual memories and overwrites them. One such study conducted by Elizabeth Loftus was on the “misinformation effect.”  Essentially, subsequent misinformation alters the subjects actual memory. Eyewitness testimony is known to be inaccurate. Several witnesses of a single event will all be somewhat different. What our brain does when we try to recreate an event from memory is construct from prior experience and other inputs, such as the person asking about the event using leading questions. So, when we are viewing all these supposed ‘proofs’ of the ME our memories are easily manipulated into thinking we remember it one way when in fact the original memory either did not lay down a complete memory track or we simply were not paying close enough attention to take in the detail purported to be changed.  In any event, all these pictures people are seeing comparing real and false images are confusing the brains of those who think they remember the incorrect image.

Jesus told us to not be deceived.  Several scriptures admonish us not to be deceived. Those are actually addressed to spiritual matters. There is a verse however that refers to impostors deceiving and being deceived.

2 Timothy 3:12-13 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 In fact, all those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.

This verse may not be directly related to the topic of this blog post, but it is apropos none the less. There will be many things that appear to deceive many, even the elect of God if that is possible. So, don’t believe everything you hear or see. Look up! For our redemption draws near. There are many lying signs and wonders already occurring and we are to be prepared for the return of Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah.

Blessings and don’t be deceived,

Grandma Peachy

http://personal.kent.edu/~mzaragoz/publications/Zaragoza%20chapter%204%20Garry%20Hayne.pdf

http://learnmem.cshlp.org/content/12/4/361.full
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Loftus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misinformation_effect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyewitness_testimony
http://study.com/academy/lesson/the-misinformation-effect-and-eyewitness-accounts.html
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About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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