What is the Mandela effect?
When you have false memories about an event, a thing or a group of people remember things from the past in a different way.
Our brain sometimes makes strange associations that give rise to this effect. Let’s think a little! How can we control and influence this to be beneficial to us?
It sounds like pure science fiction – being able to create a memory that never happened to anyone else. But that’s exactly what scientists have done.
You know it happened because you remember it so clearly. Yet you stand there disproved by your friends. What you “knew” had happened to you was apparently just a figment of your brain.
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Sources and references:
1. LEONARDO DA VINCI’S LAST SUPPER
2. VITRUVIAN MAN BY LEONARDO DA VINCI
3. LEONARDO DA VINCI’S MONA LISA
4. THE CREATION OF ADAM (SISTINA CHAPTER) BY MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI
5. THE AUGUSTE RODIN THINKER
6. AMERICAN GOTH FOR AWARDING WOOD
7. HENRY VIII’S PORTRAIT BY HANS HOLBEIN THE YOUNG
8. EDVARD MUNCH’S CRY
9. TUTANKHAMUN’S MASK
10. GOD DISCOVERED BY MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI
This effect of Mandela is really disconcerting.
False Memories and How They Form
Do I remember many of the pieces of art being different? The last supper … do I remember a chalice near Jesus? Leonardo da Vinci’s Man of Vitruvius … I remember her feet pointing forward, the Mona Lisa … do I remember your eyes weren’t smiling? That was the hard part of Mona Lisa, what was she expressing and the cry … remember more fear, despair or terror?
Very strange things! Watch the video:
I just had a terrifying Mandela effect experience after watching this video! Rodin’s thinker really confused me. Surely, there must be two different statues, I thought to myself! Many artists do multiple “studies” before compromising the final work. I decided to pause the video and go to GOOGLE. What happened next changed reality and made me think. I can never go back to before.
I went to GOOGLE and wrote the exact words “The Thinker Rodin” and then went to the images section. Aha! There in front of me in miniature were two obviously different sculptures. One on the outside that had a more brown/oxidized color, more coercive in the uncomfortable position with the knuckles in his mouth; and the other was a dark black with a glow, lodged in an interior somewhere with his hand on his forehead and opposing legs in use. Both of these images were on my screen at the same time. I’m using a computer, not a phone, so they’re big enough to see the specific differences mentioned here. But then the reality changed …
I clicked on the image of the outdoor statue to study it more closely, as I had never seen this version before and was more familiar with the darker version of the hand on the forehead. I would never see the version I knew again. After literally 10 seconds looking at what I now call The Awkward Thinker, I clicked again to look at the one I knew. That he was gone. Now all the statues were in that impossible position. There are still two different statues, but now they have the same pose. What I had seen so clearly SECONDS before was now false. Impossible, I thought! I went back to the Google homepage to start over, but unfortunately, my Thinker wasn’t there.
I have chills when I write this. It’s like the Yanny/Laurel debates, blue and black/gold and white dress. I feel like once I saw the NEW version, I can never see the other version again. What’s going on? ”
For obvious ethical reasons, this kind of experiment in humans cannot be done. But the researchers behind the new memory study still believe that the results can help to understand how unreliable memory – in both mice and humans – actually is.
– Memory is not like a recording device. Rather, it is constantly updated with new information of what we experience and feel. Therefore, false memories are formed all the time, but they are usually of the more trivial kind, such as “I could have sworn that I put the car keys in the garage,” says Steve Ramirez, one of the researchers behind the study.
However, he believes there will be a bigger problem when it comes to such serious matters as testimony.
The name “Mandela Effect” began when it was first coined in 2009 by Fiona Broome when she published a website detailing her observation of the phenomenon. Broome was at a conference and talked to other people about how she remembered the tragedy of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s death in a South African prison in the 1980s. In fact, Nelson Mandela did not go to jail in the 1980s – he died in 2013.