It’s always nice to know that I’ve made a difference in the world. I got confirmation yesterday from an author that New Page Books / Career Press will not send me review copies of any release—even at the author’s request—because they don’t like my reviews. Since their books tend to get few or no reviews, one might think that they would take the view that any publicity is good publicity, especially if they could then use my criticism to market their volumes as the books that “skeptics” don’t want you to read. But instead, they have taken the line that I am an enemy, which probably speaks more about their mentality—and their understanding of how crappy the books they publish must be—than it does me. But so long as they continue to publish new books by former Nazi party leader Frank Joseph (as they will do again next week—with the endorsement of Brad Steiger!), it is impossible for them to argue the moral high ground.
But good for them. They have proven beyond doubt that when fringe writers say that they want to engage with the mainstream and that they are putting forward arguments to open up new possibilities and which can withstand scrutiny through the force of their genius, they are lying. If fringe publishers don’t think their books are strong enough to withstand my reading of them, then they would be wise to reconsider what they publish.
Fortunately, one does not need the permission of the publisher to review a book. Tomorrow I think I will select a New Page / Career book to review. Today I will review an upcoming release from Bear & Co., a fringe publisher that at least recognizes that there is no good to come from trying to hide its books from skeptics.
Do you remember the lost continent of Mu? Of course you do. Invented in 1926 by “Col.” James Churchward, the lost continent of Mu supposedly spanned the Pacific and served as the mother culture for humanity, ruled over by a benevolent white race. Well, Mu had a lot in common with an earlier lost Pacific continent from the Faithist movement, and that continent is back. An anthropologist named Susan B. Martinez has revived the lost Pacific continent claim, under the name of “Pan,” and is making all of the same claims in a new book called The Lost Continent of Pan (Bear & Co., 2016), which goes on sale at the end of next month. Unsurprisingly, her evidence is not very good.
Martinez holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and says that she specializes in ethnolinguistics. (Her dissertation 1972 is under the name Susan Ehrman.) Nevertheless, in 1981 she discovered the Oahspe Bible, a bizarre Victorian fantasia of religious, ethical, and pseudohistorical material drawn from Christian and Sanskrit esoterica. Martinez believes that this book, written in 1882 and supposedly channeled from the spirit world, is a real revelation, and therefore she has sought in her own book to “prove” that Oahspe is correct about the existence of the Faithists’ Pacific continent of Pan. According to the “Synopsis of the Sixteen Cycles” within the Oahspe Bible, Pan was an ancient continent that sunk in the Pacific around 24,000 years B.C., and Martinez adopts this as her timeline as well.
In Oashpe, the fall of Pan is cast as a riff on the Nephilim-Flood myth of Genesis, and indeed the author of the book, John Ballou Newbrough, specifically identifies the sinking of Pan with Noah’s Flood. But he offers disturbing ideas about racial hierarchy, in which the “good” people called the I’hin, who are white or yellow and slender, have become corrupted through interaction with brown and fat people, the children of Cain. Thus, in Synopsis 1:27 “the brown people burnt with desires, and they laid hold of the I’hin women when they went into the fields, and forced them,” creating a “copper” colored race of half-breeds. God, angry at the degeneration “of breed and blood,” destroyed Pan to save heaven from the “festering sores” of mixed-race souls (2:8), who had become cannibals:
And now the council deliberated, and after a while caused the records of the earth and her atmospherea to be examined, and they discovered that the heaven of the land of Whaga (Pan) was beyond redemption because of the great numbers of the spirits of the cannibals and of the multitude of fetals. It was as if a disease in the flesh be healed over externally, leaving the root of the disease within. So was Whaga and her heaven; the redemption of the cycles remained not with her, but evil broke out forever in a new way. (3:16)
So, as a result, God says “And I will send rains and winds and thundering; and the waters of the great deep shall come upon the lands; and the great cities shall go down and be swallowed in the sea” (3:26). And then he does it, causing the event remembered as Noah’s Flood or the sinking of Atlantis.
Anyway, it’s not a very promising starting point for a “scientific” investigation. Worse, Martinez starts her own book by identifying “race” as one of the “clues” and “smoking gun” for the existence of Pan.
I have no idea how to review a book whose entire foundation is predicated on a belief that Oahspe is a genuine record of prehistoric life and can be used to reconstruct the hilariously named language of the first humans, Panic. Martinez believes this, and as a result she then uses Panic as a guide to linguistics, comparing ancient languages to one another based on her feeling that words in those languages resemble the ancient words of Panic as recorded in various names given in Oahspe, thus “proving” that the languages derive from Panic and that Pan really existed. The argument is circular, but if you do not believe in Oahspe, it is also worthless. Of course the names in Oahspe resemble words from ancient languages. Where do you think Newbough got them from? He borrowed syllables from old mythologies and recombined them at will to give historical flavor to his phantasmagoria.
The quality of her other evidence is hardly better: She claims that the art of weaving proves that all ancient peoples are connected, for how could anyone learn to make cloth independently? She cites the infamous “Mayan” Atlantis relief (actually a modern painting) as a genuine record of the Great Flood! And of course “cyclopean” architecture is for her proof of a lost race, for who else could stack stone on stone? Oh, and the lost race of Pan also practiced skull elongation, because Oahspe says it could shape personality!
But Martinez descends into some of the worst instincts of the fringe. She actively goes in search of white people. She claims that the Jomon of Japan are “yes, a white race” (her words!) and thus descendants of God’s chosen people, the people of Pan. The book is littered with references to “white-skinned” people, “fair-skinned” people, the “white race,” “Caucasoid” people, “proto-Caucasoids,” etc. She finds them in all the usual places: The “white” Indians of Darien (actually albinos), the “white” gods of Mexico and South America, the occasional Caucasian traveler to Asia, etc. She identifies the Toltecs as a separate white race from Native Americans, remarkable, she says, in their genius, knowledge, and humility. She happily cites writers like James Churchward, Erich von Däniken, Andrew Collins, and David Childress to support her views, which only underscores the degree to which most fringe history is infested at some level with racial panic, so to speak.
Martinez got her race theory from Oahspe, but Newbrough got it from Victorian racism, which had long declared Native Americans the destroyers of the genius of ancient whites. She thinks she is doing scientific work by cherry picking the historical record to find evidence that supports Oahspe, but from the perspective of anyone who doubts that Oahspe is anything but a Victorian fever-dream, she is doing nothing more than recycling the same “evidence” Newbrough used to make Oahspe in service of proving its reality. Her book, in other words, is that most ancient of symbols, the ourobouros, the snake eating its own tail, a circular argument that can only make her world view smaller and smaller.
10/21/2016 11:06:44 am
Jason, do you mean Christian and Hindu? Because Sanskrit is a language, and Christianity is a religion, so it is an odd comparison.
10/21/2016 11:44:22 am
Since the Sanskrit is mostly Vedic, I don't think "Hindu" would be the right word either, but there's a mix and match of Vedic, Hindu, and other Eastern sources.
10/21/2016 05:50:52 pm
As a Buddhist, I conflate Vedic and Hindu religions as one.
10/22/2016 02:00:04 pm
"As a Buddhist, I conflate Vedic and Hindu religions as one.
10/21/2016 12:40:23 pm
"They have proven beyond doubt that when fringe writers say that they want to engage with the mainstream and that they are putting forward arguments to open up new possibilities and which can withstand scrutiny through the force of their genius, they are lying."
10/21/2016 01:13:12 pm
In this case, the publishers are also explicitly dedicated to the fringe (unlike, say, one of the major publishing houses), so there is no difference.
10/21/2016 04:04:09 pm
Ok, so the publishing house and their fringe writers are proven lying beyond doubt due to the rejection of offer of review.
10/21/2016 04:37:51 pm
Oh, for fuck's sake. How literal did you expect to take that sentence? I said they were lying about their puffery about bravely putting forth ideas to change the world. If they're afraid of me, or think I can damage said ideas, then they are conceding that they don't have the confidence in them they pretend to. I said their MARKETING is a lie, not necessarily the facts within the books.
10/21/2016 05:44:00 pm
I apologise if i upset you (your reply seems to indicate that.)
10/22/2016 01:41:35 am
If you're aware you take things too literally and misunderstand things in written form on the internet, perhaps blogs aren't the best thing for you?
10/28/2016 08:49:02 pm
10/21/2016 12:57:54 pm
When choosing the name Pan perhaps the lady had the real super continent of Pangaea in mind having learned of it in college geology.
10/21/2016 01:07:42 pm
Martinez didn't choose the name, but lifted it directly from Oahspe. The book actually predates the word "Pangaea".
10/21/2016 01:33:25 pm
Apologies, getting senile.
10/21/2016 04:44:19 pm
So the evidence is in total from spirit readings? I hate to ask but foes the author even touch on geology of the pacif basin? I'd like to see where she explains where this continent lies given our mapping of the sea floor. Honestly I think u can say almost and sh&t in fringe world and make a living. I'm going to write up how proto Vikings came to America at he time of the Roman republic and created the first democracy on our shores and later became the Iraqois nation.
10/21/2016 04:55:57 pm
Why all this technical stuff over something that is simple minded spam
10/28/2016 08:51:02 pm
When has anyone ever responded to your posts with "all this technical stuff"?
10/21/2016 05:43:06 pm
She does have a chapter on where the continent went, but it's based on James Churchward, David Childress, myths, the occult, and some vague idea that unnamed "scientists" say there was a Pacific continent once. (Yes, in the Tertiary period!) She rejects modern geology in favor of what she calls the "New Orthodoxy," which dates the "universal flood" of Noah to 10,500 BCE. There is no science in her discussion, only an uncritical acceptance of myths, legends, and fringe literature.
1/6/2017 08:13:44 pm
Actually, she and Oahspe teach that Pan sank 24,000 years ago, which probably doesn't make anymore difference to you, or anyone else than 10,500 BCE.
10/21/2016 07:29:06 pm
The white guy writing this unimportant drivel is trying to use his pseudo antiracial stance to tell us what to believe about history. This is all about white privilege.
10/21/2016 08:48:22 pm
Sorry, friend. The author's name is Susan B. Martinez. You need to use the right pronouns.
10/21/2016 09:48:33 pm
And you are white. A racist who pretends.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
10/21/2016 10:07:01 pm
As if Time Machine weren't enough of a troll…
10/21/2016 11:56:26 pm
"And you are white."
10/22/2016 01:42:47 am
Only Me, you realise the guy is a troll, right?
10/22/2016 06:48:01 am
Every Christian on this blog is a troll
10/22/2016 02:56:50 pm
You keep acting like everybody you disagree with is a Christian, Time Machine, even though I've repeatedly said that I'm not a Christian and I still think you're full of bilge.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
10/22/2016 03:29:58 pm
Blast it, I meant to write the comment immediately above under my own pseudonym. To be clear, I am not the Comte de Saint Germain, I am not a Christian, and I think Time Machine is full of bilge. He's one of those obnoxious people who think they're geniuses just because they've seen through Christian dogma.
10/22/2016 07:10:32 pm
Wait a minute,, now I am confused. Are you not the Comte de Saint Germain ? Or are you not not the Comte de Saint Germain ?
10/28/2016 08:52:24 pm
#Blacklivesmatter is a racist.
10/21/2016 07:33:07 pm
Jason, I have just completed an essay for a New Page Books publication next year and when the book is out I'll personally send you a copy for you to review.
10/21/2016 08:23:51 pm
I gotta ask ! With all these continents that were high and dry long ago where did all this extra water that we now have come from ? Aliens seems to be the only answer, so I guess it all ties together.
10/21/2016 08:27:23 pm
That, if memory serves, is exactly what JZ Knight claims caused the flooding of Atlantis and Lemuria.
10/21/2016 08:45:49 pm
Ok,,, lol, I guess it explains this giant aluminum pull tab.
Maybe Another Kook
10/23/2016 08:53:25 pm
In his groundbreaking book, The Lost Continent of Mu, James Churchward (a racist white guy) wrote that it was volcanic action and the collapse of the Archeon gas belts that caused Mu and Atlantis to sink and raise the mountains about 12,000 years ago.
10/21/2016 11:12:15 pm
Whites trying to shape truth to suit themselves. You make fun of us by calling truth Afrocentrism. Racist white history.
10/22/2016 09:23:45 am
Don't whine; win.
10/22/2016 10:28:56 am
The first thing written here that's correct. Yes, you are racist because you are all white. You choose to believe a convenient history and try to make others believe it. Second correct statement is you are all white trolls.
An Over-Educated Grunt
10/22/2016 11:06:59 am
You don't have to be a troll to fight when wounded; that should be the measure of a man.
10/22/2016 12:25:12 pm
I don't "choose to believe a convenient history," my friend. I choose to believe the history that archeology and science have revealed, one that is decidedly INconvenient and inherently unfair and yes, often racist. I fully acknowledge this racist past and actively reject its ideals as belonging IN the past, not the modern world.
10/22/2016 12:36:32 pm
And now you have proven my point. You are racist, pure and simple. You like white privilege and pretend. You disguise your white shaping of history as truth.
Not the Comte de Saint Germain
10/22/2016 02:58:51 pm
I wouldn't be at all surprised if #Blacklivesmatter is a right-winger posing as a BLM supporter.
10/22/2016 03:13:55 pm
Black Lives DO matter. And I get why the anger and all. However, if anything, Jason's blog here has been mostly about the disturbing trend of fringe history to mimic the past Victorian themes of a "superior white race" (even though race doesn't exist scientifically), and to decry that.
10/22/2016 03:42:08 pm
Do black lives matter in Chicago?
An Over-Educated Grunt
10/22/2016 05:07:57 pm
Got news for you, buddy. Black, white, yellow, brown - NO lives matter. They inevitably come to an end. What you do with it matters, and what you're choosing to do with yours is mouth off on a pseudohistory criticism blog about how everyone's mean to your chosen minority. Guess what: people are mean. The world is not a nice place and your subset of humanity is no nicer or more special than any other. You want people to care, shut mouth and get moving; you don't want people to care, you're wasting my time and yours. And I loathe having my time wasted.
10/22/2016 05:25:19 pm
None of you get it . You can't get it. Your white. This site makes fun of "Afrocentric" theories. It tells people what to believe. It's all from a white perspective. Look at the picture of Andrew Whites class at South Carolina. It's all white people just like this site. You've had your time. Now it's our time.
10/22/2016 06:13:26 pm
I think one half of Team Xplrr is trolling again.
10/22/2016 06:47:16 pm
This white punk is one of the worse racist trolls of all. White boy defends everything written by the white privilege boy who writes this racist crap. Racist punk bully who helps no one.
10/22/2016 07:54:01 pm
Calling someone a racist is Basic Trolling 101. Unfortunately, it demonstrates a lack of imagination and intelligence, since the accusation has been so overused, it no longer has any power.
10/22/2016 06:46:02 pm
Obviously you do not know what the term "Afrocentric" means within the study of anthropology. Nor do you know what the diffusionist theory known as Afrocentrism is. You also seem to have the idea that history is just somebody's opinion and you can believe whatever you please. History is real things that happened - not always pleasant or fair - full of mistakes and injustices - but it is still what really happened. You can't change it but you can learn from if - if you try.
10/22/2016 06:56:06 pm
Time to organize a protest in Albany. The college is 1% black. Afrocentrism is that all you white boys came from Africa. Accept it Uncle Tom.
10/22/2016 07:36:00 pm
Its our time Uncle Tom. Yours is over. Bein white don't make you right.
An Over-Educated Grunt
10/22/2016 09:31:33 pm
And being black don't mean jack.
10/22/2016 10:07:06 pm
Uh . . . all us white boys DID come from Africa. And an Uncle Tom is a BLACK person.
10/23/2016 06:26:54 pm
This site makes fun of "Afrocentric" theories.
10/28/2016 09:00:54 pm
The problem with Afrocentric theories is that they are inherently risible (look that up in your LL Cool J rhyming dictionary). Just describing them is humourous. "Now it's our time"? The Jungle Brothers taught us all time is a black man's time.
10/22/2016 09:31:31 pm
And all of this discourse is why Daddy won't let you keep nice things.
10/22/2016 11:55:30 pm
All any brother needs to do to see how whites try to dictate what we are supposed to believe is search the word "afrocentric" on this website.
10/23/2016 07:46:36 am
Christian lives matter! Amen, Brother!
10/23/2016 03:26:38 am
This may have been pointed out by OGH, but afrocentrism, for all it's purported boosterism, is terribly dismissive of the fantastic cultural achievements and complex history of any part of Africa South of Egypt. They are as quick as Rhodesia was to throw Great Zimbabwe under the metaphorical bus.
10/28/2016 09:06:51 pm
"This may have been pointed out by OGH, but afrocentrism, for all it's purported boosterism, is terribly dismissive of the fantastic cultural achievements and complex history of any part of Africa South of Egypt."
10/24/2016 09:54:35 am
I wrote a book a couple of years ago on the possible existence of fairies. Generally, I feel skeptics would scorn it; but you are perfectly welcome to review it. I'll send you a copy if you can give me a street address, which I guarantee not to publish or disseminate.
1/6/2017 09:49:59 pm
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8/22/2017 07:45:05 am
Spiritual world, new age, channeling....
11/18/2022 06:43:30 pm
Continent of Pan - Susan Who?
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