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What Is The Mandela Effect

Man, I sure do get a lot of mail from physics fans. Let’s see what today’s haul is, shall we, Albert? We got another one about the Mandela effect. This is just getting out of hand. What? You don’t remember the Mandela effect? The Nelson Mandela one? You don’t, huh? Okay, well, the Mandela effect is this pretty crazy idea that pops up from time to time. The name comes from Nelson Mandela, who was a political activist in Africa. He fought against the horrible apartheid system in South Africa and was incarcerated from the 60s to 1990. Some people claim to remember him dying in prison in the 1980s when, in reality, he was released from prison, helped overturn apartheid, and went on to be the President of South Africa for five years. He eventually died in 2013. It seems that some people combine their fuzzy and obviously unreliable memories of Mandelas death in the 1980s with his subsequent release and presidency and somehow conclude that we are somehow sliding between parallel universes. Can you believe that, Albert? These people have a variety of ideas about how the transfer between parallel universes occurs, from some sort of natural phenomena, to it being caused by the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.

Crazy, huh? And that’s not the only example people cite. People remember the name of the Berenstain Bears books– that’s with an A I N- as once being Berenstein Bears- that’s with an E I N. Or a lot of people will swear that in the original version of the Star Wars movie The Empire Strikes Back that Darth Vader said Luke, I am your Father when what he really said was No, I am your Father. There are tons and tons of claims like those that you can find on the internet if you want.

Its really quite depressing. And Albert, this is just obviously silly. I mean, even if we actually were sliding between parallel universes- and, of course, were not- how is it that our memories could survive the change? I mean, memories are preserved in our brain. And those memories would change as we shifted from one universe to another. And then, there are a few people who claim our bodies are getting transported to other universes where things were always different. But thinking that that could happen without anyone noticing is really approaching tinfoil territory.

books and every one of them would be of the A-I-N version. People who believe in the world in which the spelling was always right or because the change occurred everywhere in our universe. But if we moved into another universe, we also move into one in which our brains always lived in the A-I-N universe. And if the change occurred in our universe, you have to remember that books are made of molecules just like our brains.

Unless the change was somehow confined to those just particular books, the changes to the brain atoms and the book atoms would have to be the same. We certainly wouldn’t remember this differently. So this Youtube

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