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News  People
Philip K Dick

His description is uncanny

An amazing video of Philip K Dick - the massively influential author who's works led to Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, The Matrix and the cyberpunk movement amongst many others - has surfaced in which he describes what is being called today The Mandela Effect.

His work often focussed on stories revolving around identity. A recurring theme was for an individual to slowly realise their world is not what they thought it was, and to discover that a powerful outside force had constructed a completely believable illusion which they had been living in.

In the video he describes frequently experiencing deja vu, for which he believed was more than just a memory trick. He'd had health issues, and taken various medications for years, which some point to as contributing to these. Even so, as the saying goes: it's the message which matters, not the messenger.

News  Movies
The Fortgotten

She knows she had a son - everyone else denies it

Warning - there are spoilers ahead, so if you don't want to know what happens in this movie stop reading now.

The 2004 movie "The Forgotten" features an eerie echo of the Mandela Effect.

The plot centres around a woman who's son dies in a plane crash, but later everyone she meets says she never had one, nor can she find any traces of him ever existing.

It's a psychological thriller which follows her nightmare journey trying to understand what's happening to her. She ends up seeing a psychiatrist who also tells her she is delusional. There is literally no evidence to her ever having a son at all, yet she knows and believes she did at a very deep level, which is ultimately what the film is all about.

News  TV
Mr Robot

Operation Berenstain

Keen-eyed Mr Robot fans would have noticed that Season 2 Episode 4 introduced a top secret operation known only as Operation Berernstain. This is a reference to the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect involving the spelling of the Berernstain/Berernstein Bears in the books, and later TV show, from the 60's.

Well known for its gritty realism when it comes to tech matters - just ask any hacker - the show also prides itself on having its finger on the pulse when it comes to whats hot in society generally, and social media in particular. The Mandela Effect is on an upwards trend, so it's no secret such a cool and hip show wants to get in on the action.

News  General
Expert

Being an expert "doubles the risk"

In a controversial study, scientists have concluded that there is a much higher likelihood of false memories being implanted if the subject is an expert in the particular field in question.

This counter-intuitive outcome arises when the subject has a stong interest in the topic, which clearly experts will have.

Trials were conducted where 4 incidents were related to the subject, of which 3 were true and one was false. Statistically, it was found significantly more believed the false stories if they were and expert in that field.

The studies were carried out at the University College Dublin by Dr Ciara Green, who said

Increasing scientific and public understanding of the causes of false memory is an important goal, particularly in light of some of the more negative consequences associated with the phenomenon, including faulty eyewitness accounts and the controversies surrounding false memories of traumatic childhood events.