In Part 1, Aaron and I bring everyone up to speed on what the Mandela Effect (ME) is, where it comes from, and why it is an important area of research for the study of esotericism. We discuss examples of ME, found with book titles (Berenstein/Berenstain Bears), pop culture references (what did Darth Vader actually say to Luke Skywalker?), and how all of this affects our notions of reality and of our memory. We also talk about how Christian elements have come to interact with more esoteric concepts found within the cultic milieu.


Aaron J. French, “The Mandela Effect and New Memory” (99+) (PDF) The Mandela Effect and New Memory | Aaron French –

“‘The Mandela Effect’ is the perfect film for our age of distrust and doubt” in The Conversation ‘The Mandela Effect’ is the perfect film for our age of distrust and doubt (
Erik Davis, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies High Weirdness | The MIT Press

Micheal Barkun, A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America A Culture of Conspiracy by Michael Barkun – Paperback – University of California Press (

Karen M. Douglas et al., “The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories” The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories (

Jan-Willem van Prooijen & Mark van Vugt, “Conspiracy Theories: Evolved Functions and Psychological Mechanisms” Conspiracy Theories: Evolved Functions and Psychological Mechanisms (

Matthew Dillon, “The Heretical Library: The Nag Hammadi in American Religion and Culture” The Heretical Revival: The Nag Hammadi Library in American Religion and Culture (

Trailer Steins;Gate Steins;Gate | Anime Trailer [HD] | 2011 – YouTube

Wiki fanpage Steins;Gate Steins;Gate Wiki | Fandom

Take the Mandela Effect Test HOME – Test Mandela Effect

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