Originally Posted by lonstar70
In the cave, he meets the young Kirk. In the original timeline, Spock must surly have known that a Kirk that young would not be Capt.
First, he doesn't know he's in an alternate so he's assuming things are as they were in the original.
Second, he's old, he just travelled through a spatial distortion and saw his home destroyed - maybe he got a little confused.
He did say he was 'emotionally compromised'.