The Mandela Effect and the Cult of Scientism

Yesterday, this video about the Mandela Effect popped up in my feed. Unlike most content about the phenomenon, it wasn’t put together by some internet dweeb or fake scientist, but by the CEO of a small, well-established software company that manages inventory and ordering information for food distributors across the country. He prefaces his presentation by emphasizing how long they’ve been in business and exactly what sort of data they deal with, as well as the complications they encounter on a regular basis. Continue reading “The Mandela Effect and the Cult of Scientism”

Into the Cannibal’s Pot (Ilana Mercer – 2011, Stairway Press)

From 1991 to 1994, the practice of institutionalized racial segregation of South Africa known as Apartheid was abolished, first by official legislation, then by extending suffrage to blacks, and culminating in the election of Nelson Mandela to presidency.  Years of oppression, inequality, and suffering at the hands of the white Afrikaner minority in South Africa had finally come to an end.  With the brutal and ugly past behind them, the South African peoples could at last come together under Mandela and stride forward into a bright future, becoming a shining example for sub-Saharan African countries to follow.  And surely, that is exactly what happened, right?

Well, not so fast.  Ilana Mercer’s book Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa brings the reports, the statistics, and the facts to a table that has hitherto been left largely undiscussed in the West. Continue reading “Into the Cannibal’s Pot (Ilana Mercer – 2011, Stairway Press)”

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