Despite the fact that modern human beings have been around for somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred thousand years, there is still much about our existence that remains a mystery.
How did we come to be? What is the meaning of life? Do we control our own destinies? These are all questions that most of us have pondered over, at one point or another. In truth, we will probably never know any of the answers — not in this lifetime at least.
However, there is a theory, which is gaining significant momentum, that would go a long way toward explaining humankind's journey on this planet we call Earth. You see, there are some very smart people out there who believe the world as we know it is nothing more than a computer simulation. That's right, we could all be living in a virtual reality, or even a very complex video game. This idea has come to be known as the simulation hypothesis.
As strange as it may sound, there are some compelling reasons to believe this controversial theory. With that in mind, it's time to take a look at some of the reasons (and people) that suggest our world isn't what it seems.
6. The Mandela Effect (False Memory).
It's widely believed that the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was released from prison in the early-90s and went on to become one of the world's most inspirational leaders.
However, when his death was officially announced,back in 2013, many were in a state of disbelief. As it turns out, there are countless people who vividly remember reports of the South African leader dying in prison back in the 1980s. Some even recall seeing a televised funeral decades before Mandela's actual death.
This seemingly widespread case of false memory has come to be known as "The Mandela Effect." One possible explanation for this phenomenon, as mentioned by Big Think, is that it's a "glitch in the Matrix."
In other words, we may be living in a simulated reality, and a simple computer glitch has caused a significant portion of the population to remember a major event incorrectly. Perhaps, whoever controls the program we reside in decided to change things up, and not everyone got the update.
Whatever the case, the Mandela Effect is a noteworthy phenomenon for those who support the simulation hypothesis.