There are three main Mandela Effect theories which seem to be most common among people baffled by the mystery. Although there is no concrete explanation, there are a couple of viable possibilities of what could be causing this worldwide phenomena…
One of the first Mandela Effect theories is that we are crossing timelines with a parallel universe. The second is our brains, more specifically our memories. The third is that we are living in a simulation and a ”glitch in the Matrix” is what is responsible for the Mandela Effect examples. We also have a theory, which maybe others have also thought of.
Many people are 100% certain they’re experiencing accurate memories, adamant things have changed and it’s not down to inefficiencies of the human brain. People believe we’re crossing timelines with a parallel universe, in which there is another universe similar (or almost identical) to ours which crosses timelines with our universe and affect things in our reality, such as small changes throughout history.
This may sound a little far-fetched, but some of the brightest minds in science and physics say it is completely plausible. As technology develops and we start to learn more about our universe, we may uncover some actual evidence on this theory.
Another of the Mandela Effect theories is a simple case of our memories not being as precise as we think. Many people say our brains misremembering things differently is what’s responsible for the alternate memories because our mind processes information in the easiest way for us to interpret. Sometimes when we process information, it may be in accurate, for example, when we watch a great magic trick or illusion or when we were certain our keys were on the kitchen counter, but now they seem to have vanished.
Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, thinks the chances we are base reality are pretty slim. With us living in a simulation, it would make the Mandela Effect trivial instead of a phenomena, just like when we play a game like The Sims and make a change in the game when no one is looking. That’s how simple the Mandela Effect could be if an advanced civilization coded and built our reality.
It’s a difficult concept to process, but the fact it is may be true. Technology and graphics are becoming so advanced, we’re controlling video game characters in virtual reality which are close to being indistinguishable from our own reality. We’re very close to creating a super artificial intelligence and the first conscious robots are already here. Imagine controlling a character in a photo-realistic virtual reality world… They have a brain, thoughts, emotion, organs, etc, just like us. Is it really that difficult to believe a civilization 10,000 years ahead of ours could be controlling us? Maybe when you next go to the store, you’ve actually been programmed to go there by a higher power and you believe you have made that conscious decision.