In a discussion at the G+ community, Alternate History, some interesting issues have been raised.
A community member shared a lengthy, cached article about someone’s belief that Nelson Mandela died Tuesday, 25 June 2013.
This is part of that cached article:
Here’s some of my reply at the G+ community, with notes.
The obvious question is: Was that more evidence of the Mandela Effect? The first “mistaken” report could be a simple mistake. In fact, it most probably was. But, to be fair, it’s difficult to evaluate with so little information about that report.
What caught my attention was the second “mistaken” report in the article. The writer said about that source, “She is trusted and was very convinced about the accuracy of this and her source, and she was very specific in what she was told – that he had died a half hour earlier and that the President was going to make the announcement at ten pm.”
Those are the kinds of specific details we see in credible Mandela Effect events, but with social media and its inherent flaws, it’s not evidence I can work with. For example, the Huffington Post offered the following credible explanation.
Worse, as the following article in The Drum explains, this became a global “goof.”
So, the waters have been thoroughly muddied, at least in terms of reports related to Mandela’s death in June 2013.
Despite (or because of?) these gaffes, more people seem to be examining conflicting Mandela-related memories. Even for those of us who are okay with Mandela Effect concepts, this seems like an unsettling time.
For some of us, these past couple of weeks have seemed surreal at times. Personally, it’s as if I’m watching a reality being constructed, a few hours at a time.
It’s as if the “fixed” points — using another G+ community member’s description — are arriving first in this timestream. Then, the connect-the-dots events between them are being filled in spontaneously. (This is difficult to articulate, but I hope you get my point.)
The thing is, if we believe the quantum theory that every potentiality exists in some reality (or dimension, universe, timestream, etc.), it’s possible that Nelson Mandela has died many times in the past few days and weeks… but not in this timestream.
The majority of new, conflicting reports can be explained by rumors set wild in social media. It’s essential to keep critical thinking skills engaged. Verify everything as best you can.
However, despite reporting errors, this is an intriguing time for those of us studying the Mandela Effect. That’s not just about history in this timestream, as well as alternative history. It’s also an opportunity to see the effects of social media and news reports, and how they influence our memories and — at times — form or restructure them.
And, personally, I’m sketching the visual images I recall from Nelson Mandela’s death, years ago. I’m going to watch to see how many of them reappear in the future… though I hope it’s many years away.