The Mandela Effect

A collective false memory that persists despite all available evidence. For example, lots of people believe Nelson Mandela was shot and killed in prison in 1980, despite him then going on to lead South Africa.

It's a cultural meme that gets re-enforced over the years and a quirk of how easy our memories can be manipulated. It is not a glitch in the matrix or signs of an alien invasion. It's a problem of our perception.

  • Inua Ellams has a poem in his book The Actual called Fuck/The Mandela Effect
  • Episode 10 Series 3 of The Parapod is a very funny exploration of this idea.

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