Some Mandela Effect experiences might be linked to time travel.
How would that work…?
Well, you might have gone forward in time – a day, a year, or another short leap that wouldn’t seem obviously out-of-sync with present time.
Let’s say that’s what happened to those of us who remembered Nelson Mandela dying before 2013.
Maybe, staring at the TV back in 1988 (or whenever), we “slid” forward to 2013 and saw Mandela’s funeral on TV.
A blink (perhaps literally) later, we were whisked back to 1988… and went out to the kitchen for a snack from the refrigerator.
In our minds, Mandela had died. We felt sad, but knew his health had been shaky after a hunger strike in prison.
After that, each of us got caught up in school or work or other daily activities. We didn’t think anything about the funeral… until, one day, Nelson Mandela was on the TV. And he wasn’t dead.
It seemed like a “what the ____?” moment, but we figured we must have been mistaken. (That didn’t make sense, because the memory was so clear, but… well, what other explanation could there be?)
And then, in 2009 or so, we discovered that others remembered Mandela’s earlier death. Many of them remembered the exact same details as we did, too. (Cue the “Twilight Zone” music? That’s how it felt, to me.)
And sure, you could use this same scenario for memories like the Berenstain/Berenstein Bears, Jif/Jiffy peanut butter, the number of US states, and so on.
All of them could be explained as time travel so brief, we didn’t even notice it. (Okay, some alternate history memories fit that concept better than others. I still resist the idea that the Mandela Effect has a one-size-fits-all explanation.)
Anyway… today, I was reading a Higgypop article about serious scientists working on time travel. It’s fascinating. For me, one quote from Professor Tamara Davis stood out:
Tamara told the BBC, “something out there is having an anti-gravity effect, it’s pushing rather than pulling. We don’t know what that is, but it makes up most of the Universe. We call it dark energy.”
“By understanding this mysterious energy, we could be a step closer to time travel. It’s thought that dark energy may be the key to manipulating a wormhole and taking advantage of its route to another point in time.”
I was also intrigued by a reference by Johannes Handsteiner, talking about quantum entanglement.
Einstein, who hated the notion, called this “spooky action at a distance” and defined it as two particles behaving as one no matter how far apart they are.
Those are just a few interesting tidbits from that article. As a Mandela Effect researcher – and, like you, someone fascinated by possible explanations – I recommend reading it.
If you’re a time travel enthusiast, watch this short video. (If you’re confused, don’t worry. I kept pausing it and rewinding it, saying, “Wait, what…?” LOL)
Thanks to Volkswagen for supporting this video – http://vwoa.us/160kehn And check out Aatish Bhatia’s excellent physics blog – http://www.empiricalzeal.com/ …
In general, I haven’t a clue what’s causing the Mandela Effect. Time travel is as good a guess as any, and it’s among my favorites. (You may have better explanations. I’m constantly impressed by the theories that readers suggest.)
The Higgypop article sparked my interest, as some of its ideas were new to me.
- Higgypop: The Scientists Trying To Build A Time Machine
- ABC News: Scientists Explain Why Time Travel is Possible
- Space.com (technical): Time Travel: Theories, Paradoxes & Possibilities
- TokenRock.com (a very New Age spin on this topic): Time Travel – A Thorough Explanation