A serious discussion of woo-woo, for a change.
Since turning 68, I spent a little thing this weekend reviewing some of the oddities of my life.
Sure, the precognitive dreams are there. It’s a topic we’ve gone over before, though.
But the one we haven’t reviewed is the strange case of a high school classmate of mine who we’ll call Bill, although that’s not his real name. One reason I am so much looking forward to my 50th class reunion this year is…wait! You need a ton of background to really grok this odd little tale.
You will need specifics about a number of odd phenomena because you, too, may encounter them in the world.
One of these is called a “false memory” and Wikipedia puts it this way:
“False memory is the psychological phenomenon in which a person recalls a memory that did not actually occur. False memory is often considered in legal cases regarding childhood sexual abuse.
This phenomenon was initially investigated by psychological pioneers Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud.
Freud wrote The Aetiology of Hysteria, where he discussed repressed memories of childhood sexual trauma in their relation to hysteria.
Elizabeth Loftus has, since her debuting research project in 1974, been a lead researcher in memory recovery and false memories. False memory syndrome recognizes false memory as a prevalent part of one’s life in which it affects the person’s mentality and day-to-day life.
False memory syndrome differs from false memory in that the syndrome is heavily influential in the orientation of a person’s life, while false memory can occur without this significant effect.
The syndrome takes effect because the person believes the influential memory to be true.
However, its research is controversial and the syndrome is excluded from identification as a mental disorder and, therefore, is also excluded from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
False memory is an important part of psychological research because of the ties it has to a large number of mental disorders, such as PTSD.”
Enter the “Mandela Effect.”
The phenom gets its name from the life of Nelson Mandela. A civil rights activist in South Africa in the days of apartheid, Mandela was imprisoned. He did a stretch of 27 years in all before being released from prison by F.W. de Klerk in 1990 who was at the time president of South Africa.
Now here’s the point that matters: LOTS and LOTS of people – including me – remember Mandela as having died in prison around 1987-1988 or so.
If you poll your friends, you are likely to find more than a few who remember the “false death” of Mandela, consequently the term “Mandela effect.”
This has some very interesting implications for quantum physics, as much as psychology. Because there is some evidence that the world “splits and goes off in several directions at once.” After doing so, it will “rejoin itself” periodically.
If you think of Life as moving along a timeline, these “breaks” as spelled out in the MWI might look something like this as frames on a motion picture:
The Wikipedia on this is
“The quantum-mechanical “Schrödinger’s cat” theorem according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point; the cat is both alive and dead, even before the box is opened, but the “alive” and “dead” cats are in different branches of the universe, both of which are equally real, but which do not interact with each other.”
The M.W.I. – many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics – can explain a huge number of vexing (but nevertheless REAL) problems of the modern world.
For one, it may explain the mechanism of Prayer. For just as Schrödinger’s cat had about equal future potential to be alive or dead, it is the Observer State that seems to matter. And as Lynn McTaggart has outline in the fine book The Field, what an Observer expects has a very lalrge amount to do with the eventual outcome along these time breaks in the M.W.I.
This gets us to the core of this morning’s conundrum: How do we know the clinical difference between “false memories” of the sort involved in childhood sexual abuse repression versus the more widely reported “Mandela Effects” that seem to afflict the whole population?
So bizarre is the Mandela Effect that Buzz Feed’s Christopher Hudspeth put a list of examples today back in 2010 that you can read over here and test yourself on.
I regret to inform you that more thank HALF of the examples cited run contrary to my personal memory. Which up until this weekend, I thought was pretty good.
That leaves us with a very large cauldron of borderland science to sort through, not the least of which is the Philadelphia Experiment and the related (so some alleged) Montauk Experiments of the 1980’s.
In the past week I’ve been reading everything I can on the Montauk Experiments because they used an out-of-date SAGE radar system to tinker with human perception.
This gets us to a several other facts I’ve been meaning to mention one of these days, but other topics seem to have been more pressing at the time.
The Montauk Experiment allegedly proved that human perception could be manipulated to a large degree by modulating certain frequencies on a carrier wave operating in the 425 to 450 MHz range.
As a strange coincidence, I recently acqiuired (you’ll love this) a 10-watt tunable RF amplifier for my anti-gravity experiments and it goes up to 500 MHz…now why would I need one of those….
The further point is that such modulations can be superimposed on other frequencies as well including (you’ll love this…) WiFi routers and cell phones.
And what are those effects?
There are stories about how huge monsters from one of the test subject’s brains were loosed on the Montauk installation. Other tales involve a Hyper Space linkup between the Philadelphia Experiment ship (U.S.S. Eldridge) while “stuck” in hyperspace and dimensional travelers from the Montauk base.
All this gets us to the area of “time travel” and next door to that we find the province of OOPART. That’s short for Out Of Place ARTifacts.
“Critics argue that most purported OOPArts which are not hoaxes are the result of mistaken interpretation, wishful thinking, or a mistaken belief that a particular culture couldn’t have created an artifact or technology due to a lack of knowledge or materials. In some cases, the uncertainty results from inaccurate descriptions. For example: the Wolfsegg Iron was said to be a perfect cube, but in fact it is not; the Klerksdorp spheres were said to be perfect spheres, but they are not; and the Iron pillar of Delhi was said to be “rust proof”, but it has some rust near its base.”
Uh…yeah…but it’s how old?
Even so, there are enough OOPArt trinkets around that fuel even skeptics like me to at least reconsider the question. I mean what ARE modern shoes doing being found in seams of coal tens of thousands of years old, anyway?
By now you may be asking “What does this have to do with your 50th Class Reunion?”
Simple enough: Bill – a friend of mine from high school – reportedly died in Vietnam, so I distinctly (and sadly) remember from Reunion 25.
(Wait for it…)
BUT NOW HE SEEMS VERY MUCH ALIVE.
And it gets better:
Seems the spelling of Bill’s last name has changed slightly, too. A one letter change, but did you see the Chic-fil-A in the Buzz Feed note?
Talk about a weird way to begin age 68: How could I have attended a 25th class reunion where Bill’s death was recalled – yet now he is alive and will be on hand for this summer’s gathering?
It’s quite perplexing. No, even more than that, it’s just plain damn strange.
I’m open to new ideas on this, but that’s where the data points…down a rabbit hole.
Maybe I am supposed to share this with you – the idea that the MWI does provide for low-level anomalies like this in history.
Or maybe it’s an artifact of getting old?
Whatever it is, the Curious George I read about as a boy always had a tail.
I’m certain of it.
Around the Ranch: Cats
Oh, boy. Zeus the Cat (ZtC) has a new playmate. Haven’t determined the sex of the new black and white kitty who is hanging around, but I suspect she’s a girl.
She stands outside the house and yowls for hours on end for Zeus to come out. After a while, Zeus gets sick of the noise and runs her down and hisses at her. She slinks off only to be back an hour later yowling…
They seem to get along in what for humans would be a seriously dysfunctional relationship.
No we don’t want another cat.
But it is odd how a new cat arrives as a kind of birthday present from universe.
Or, maybe it’s not…anymore I’m not too certain of anything.
Write when you get rich,