Today I’d like to direct you to Rebecca Bradley’s excellent blog post dissecting Ancient Aliens talking head Andrew Collins’s fanciful claims about the Densiovans as civilization-bestowing Bible giants. Her analysis is clear and compelling and shows just how badly Collins misrepresents scientific data in order to develop a fake narrative of a prehistoric empire of overgrown wizard-sages. “Every source that Collins referenced in this paper was either misrepresented, misunderstood, or mangled at the outset,” Bradley concludes, and she has the evidence to prove it.
The example she provides from 2014 that I found most hilarious is also the one that demonstrates the shallowness of Collins’s understanding and the superficial nature of his research. Indeed, I was so confounded by it that I became interested in tracking down how Collins went so wrong. Spoiler alert: He’s lazy.
Here is Bradley’s takedown of Collins’s bad research:
Collins’ “giant skeleton found in Middleboro, Massachusetts, with ‘a double row of teeth in each jaw’” (Weston 1906:400) turns out to be that of an 17th-century settler named Mr. Richmond, “a man of gigantic stature, bold and fearless…and much feared by the Indians.” When his bones were later dug up in the course of roadworks, his thigh-bone measured 4” longer than normal, and he had “a double row of teeth in each jaw” – but with his European ancestry, he could hardly be regarded as a Denisovan hybrid or psychic shaman. It is hard to believe that Collins checked the primary source that he cites.
To this end, I can add that I’m pretty sure I know where Collins got the wrong idea, but it took me a while to figure it out.
In 2013, Nephilim-hunter Fritz Zimmerman quoted the description of Richmond’s body while omitting his name and identifying details. At first, I’d guessed Collins grabbed the quote, assumed Zimmerman fairly represented the source, and never bothered to check the original. This couldn’t be the whole story, though, since Zimmerman didn’t give a page number but Collins did, suggesting that Zimmerman and Collins were both working from the same source text.
After doing some more research, I found that Jim Vieira has also been using the mangled quotation, shorn of Richmond’s name and the colonial dating of the bones, in his online presentations and in-person lectures since at least 2013. That, in turn, led me back to his source, which was a now-defunct 2012 Blogspot blog about giant human skeletons, again without page numbers.
That, in turn, took me back to its source, gigantologist Ross Hamilton’s 2007 book A Tradition of Giants, and at last I found the original mangled origin point for all the copying. All quotations used by gigantologists are derivative of Hamilton’s truncated and misrepresented quotation, which Hamilton did indeed correctly cite to the right page number even while deceptively editing the text. He is, as best I can tell, patient zero in the creation of the ancient Nephilim giant of Middleboro, Mass. You can tell because the original reads “A few years ago, when the highway was straightened and repaired his remains were found” (emphasis mine), while Hamilton omitted the “his” to hide the truth, as do all of his copyists. Needless to say, Hamilton purposely omitted the name and date of the man whose bones they were.
For the record, here is the relevant passage from Thomas Weston’s History of the Town of Middleboro, Massachusetts (1906) with the sections quoted by Hamilton and his copyists in bold:
Among the early settlers was a Mr. Richmond, who was here before King Philip’s War; a man of gigantic stature, bold and fearless. […] A few years ago, when the highway was straightened and repaired, his remains were found, and he was re-interred. Afterward, Afterwards, his body was exhumed in presence of Dr. Morrill Robinson and others to test the truth of the tradition as to his gigantic size and strength. When his skeleton was measured [by Dr. Morrill Robinson and others,] it was found that the thigh bone was four inches longer than that bone in an ordinary man, and that he had a double row of teeth in each jaw. His height must have been at least seven feet and eight inches. There is a tradition that he was the brother of Jonathan Richmond, who, four years after his brother's death, occupied the land which he had formerly cultivated. (bracketed text in Hamilton but not in original)
As you can see, it has been deceptively excerpted and revised to create a mystery where there was none.
In later years, Hugh Newman and Jim Vieira quote the same passage in their Giants on Record (2015), again without including the name of the deceased or when he died. They undoubtedly copied from Hamilton. Frank Joseph, the former American Nazi official turned fringe history writer, included the same quotation in his Lost History of Ancient America (2016), again without acknowledging the known identity and age of the bones. Whether he copied from Hamilton or Vieira, I can’t say, but it’s obvious that the former white nationalist leader copied without consulting the original. He, too, left out the “his.”
This is the way these stories tend to grow—mindlessly repeating material without actually reading the original, to the point that a European man from the 1600s became an Ice Age Denisovan Nephilim!
1/29/2020 09:37:11 am
Sounds like this Mr. Richmond of Middleboro, Massachusetts suffered gigantism, a rare genetic disease, unlike the Revolutionary War hero Peter Francisco, a 6' 8" 260 lb. blacksmith from Buckingham County, Virginia who WAS considered a giant in his day.
1/29/2020 03:09:24 pm
Great article however:
1/29/2020 03:36:16 pm
A better article from skeptic.inc is this one:
1/29/2020 05:12:38 pm
The original oils and incenses were hallucinogenic and that includes your favourite religion (oh no, the burning bush)
"Hitler's Manichean Dualism"
1/29/2020 05:20:44 pm
The Anti-Semitism that was later espoused by Hitler and the Third Reich began with Right-Wing Roman Catholic aristocracy of the 19th century.
1/29/2020 05:29:08 pm
Hitler was inspired by the works of Guido von List. List prophesied that a German Messiah would save Germany after World War I and establish an Aryan-dominated world order believing the Swastika to be a uniquely Aryan symbol.
1/29/2020 06:50:11 pm
Anti-Semitism is personified in the Gospels by Judas. That name, Judas, has left its mark in society.
1/29/2020 07:30:58 pm
Burning Bush the Second, the First or the father of the opioid addict down in Florida, Jeb?
1/29/2020 07:54:04 pm
The existence of illegal substances is a relatively recent invention. The only reason cannabis went into decline is because tobacco was far more popular when both cannabis and tobacco were cultivated during the 18th century. Politicians smoked both substances avidly.
1/29/2020 09:58:04 pm
HP Lovecraft's cat, please! Cannabis "went into decline" because Harry Anslinger associated it with blacks and Mexicans and rape. This connection was accepted by the same folks who accepted the closeted crypto-negro Hoover and the crypto-white guy Grondine.
Tell that to the historians
1/29/2020 10:10:46 pm
The Founders of American Independence regularly smoked cannabis. Shocking by today's standards.
1/29/2020 10:44:40 pm
Since you believe the historical reality of The Exodus - tell that to the historians as well - because they would be most interested in your evidence for it.
2/3/2020 03:53:16 pm
There were anti-marijuana efforts in place in the US long before Anslinger was born. Legislation and ordinances that were defacto targeting of Hispanic marijuana users was being implemented a decade or more before Anslinger came on the scene. He just caught the wave and took it for a long ride.
2/4/2020 02:28:33 am
No, YOU pay attention. Specifically to the difference between local, state, and federal law.
2/6/2020 03:09:25 pm
Where was local, state or federal mentioned by you? Federal overkill reaction is often the end result of moral panic initiated at the local and state levels anyway. You made an incorrect assertion and got called on it. Case closed, thun.
1/29/2020 07:38:16 pm
As for Universalism as an Excuse for anti-Semitism, you still can't bring your argument down to the social sciences in Historiography. When you learn how, holler.
1/29/2020 07:50:05 pm
You got it wrong about Gnosticism because the whole edifice of Biblical scholarship has got it wrong about Gnosticism - the reason? The Agenda? What's the Agenda? Pushing Second Century Christianity BEFORE Gnosticism -- which is conveniently dated to the Fourth Century. Try telling that to Josephus who depicted the Jewish freedom fighters of Masada as dualists. How many Biblical scholars have commented about that. It's not in their interests because it would contradict their agendas.
1/29/2020 11:19:08 pm
Hitler, by playing into the machinations of the Zionists, was instrumental in setting up the maltreatment and genocide of the Palestinians. That's right, victims of Hitler living today, suffering at the hands of the Jews.
1/29/2020 11:22:34 pm
More anti-Semitism on this Blog
1/31/2020 07:08:32 pm
The blog post by Rebecca Bradley is excellent. I look forward to posting it up in various fringe sites. Thank Jason for drawing attention to it here.
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