Changing reality is not connected to individual memory--memory has to be changed, first, to alter reality. Those that don't participate in collective memory are the people remember things differently--they are using magick not to change the past, but to alter the present.
I agree, this is where my head is on the subject as well.
On Mauritania, I don't recall that country in Africa at all. Sometime in middle school we had to label all of the countries of the world and for the life of me, I don't remember labeling a country west of Mali as Mauritania.
Your not alone on that one.
I don't remember that also, since it was very slightly mentioned back then, however just checked my globe that was made in 1995 there is Mauritania right where it supposed to be.
Yes, that is the very disturbing thing about this trend.....Even the old maps your grandparents have at their house now have Mauritania as a Country. The reality has changed. It isn't that all the places on the web you look have changed (which can be attributed to some sort of changing the evidence people view.) Rather the maps that were printed in the 70's now show this new reality. And the ONLY evidence you have is your ABSOLUTE memory. So in a very real way, as Daniel indicated, we are being forced/required to question our own ABSOLUTE memories. Ourselves versus "reality."
[quoteI've been looking at some of the sites regarding the Mandela effect and from what I've read, most of it seems to be a New Age "excuse" for increasingly poor education and personal memory.][/quote]
I agree with you in that many of the reported Mandela Effects can simply be attributed to poor memory. (I.E 52 states, Mongolia being part of China, Chic-fil-a, Sex and the City, etc.) But not the major ones to me. I watched Billy Grahams funeral and I know what maps used to look like. Just with any other issue attempts will be made to disprove the worst arguments in order to infer that the good arguments are also false. (See Strawman argument.)
On a strange side note my wife and I began talking about reality and whether or not we were creating our own reality as we go. So we decided perform an experiment. We decided to think up some new island on earth, meditate on it, go to sleep and then see if it existed the next day when we woke up. We brainstormed on such a place and come up with the following criteria for our new "island" it included the following:
1. It is an island
2. It is near Madagascar
3. it is inhabited by albinos (I put this in to attempt to confirm that we created it, seeing as it would be an odd thing)
4. Near a volcano
5. The name of the Island would be Ekko.
So I meditated on it and then went to bed. Got up the next day and Googled, "Albino Island." Here is what popped up:
Yup, that's right. An island in Lake Victoria (very near Madagascar) inhabited by a large amount of albinos, just a few miles away from the largest volcano in Africa (Nyamuragira), and the name of the Island...................Ukerewe. Now that is just amazing to me. All things spot on but the name. However, the name Ukerewe is very damn close phonetically to how I was pronouncing Ekko when I was in meditation. Like the word got muffled when traveling to the "creation space." Regadless very close.
So yeah there are potential explanations for this, (i.e. I subconsciously remembered this place and somehow I regurgitated its specifics and name when brainstorming) but man, I don't think so. However if true, and we are creating our reality their are some ethical considerations that must be followed. Because if I did crete this then I also created a island of albinos that have been tortured and persecuted for hundreds of years, thus creating their inhabitation of said island.