posted on Mar, 21 2011 @ 06:13 PM
I stated in a previous comment that I think there's a more logical explanation than timeline shifts, like
, for instance, and
Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency for people to favor information that confirms their
preconceptions or hypotheses regardless of whether the information is true. As a result, people gather evidence and recall information from memory
selectively, and interpret it in a biased way. [...] Confirmation biases contribute to overconfidence in personal beliefs and can maintain or
strengthen beliefs in the face of contrary evidence.
I'm not suggesting it's one or the other, just pointing out that there are other possibilities that shouldn't be discounted. I have another
equally unconventional and equally unprovable theory that could validate these memories as more than cognitive hiccups, the gist being that we're the
ones who experienced a shift rather than reality itself changing, but that's fodder for another post. (Yet another theory - wouldn't it be wild if
it turned out that we'd seen blueprints of the planet when we were still in spirit form, and maybe the world we wound up in was a little different
from the one we commissioned, but the memory of the original persists?) To be honest, whenever this thread pops up I just wish it would go away. I
don't know why it makes me so uncomfortable. I'm generally as intrigued by the idea of our world being a matrix as the next person...
That said, a couple weeks ago my flatmate was teasing me about reading this thread again. I pointed out that I didn't subscribe to the timeline
shift theory, but admitted that Australia's location definitely looked different from the way I remembered. (As mentioned before, my relationship
with Australia and New Zealand goes back to early childhood, as does my familiarity with maps, atlases and globes.) I pulled up a world map to
demonstrate my point and before I could get a word in to explain what looked different to me, he said something like, "Wait, Australia isn't
supposed to be that close to other land masses." Naturally my response was, "Exactly!"
However, when I pointed out that South America is way further east than I ever remembered (Brazil, for instance, was always to our far left and now
it's below and to our right) he just laughed and patted my head, then said: "It's always been this way." Oh well. To all you believers - I feel
your collective pain.
By the way, this is a 'shopped pic of how South America has always appeared in my memory: