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Historical Events  Science
Mandela Effect - peripheral example

The corner of your eye

Check out this optical illusion.

You know its a fixed image, yet your brain thinks it's moving. However, this movement is always just out of your direct line of vision. You think you saw movement, so focus on it, then that part stops but one just to the side seems to start moving ... and so on.

A comparison has been drawn between false memories and optical illusions. In some cases, the brain is fooled into believing two opposing things at the same time, such as the spelling of a word remembered one way but being seen everywhere else another. It's also been observed the effects always seem to occur at the peripheral, or boundary of the subject.

This behaviour, where you are constantly chasing seemingly different subjects which are always beyond the direct item being focused on, is similar to what many have described a false memory to behave like. Just replace the visual part of the image with memories on the periphery and the analogy is complete.

Even the so-called "flip-flops" might be explained by something along these lines.

Paradox

The duality of being certain one thing is true - the image is not moving - but also being certain that is false, because you can see it moving, is a wierd and confusing situation - as is the Mandela Effect itself.

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