“I can teach everyone out there how to be a [giantologist] and do their own giant research. It’s as simple as going to the Library of Congress – that’s a government website—and typing in ‘giant human skeletons.’ And there you will bring up thousands of articles from credible newspapers.” (about 9:10)
And that’s it! You're a giantologist!
In addition to dispensing this key piece of "how to" advice for would-be giantologists, Harris demonstrates several other “tricks of the trade” during the interview, including:
- Claiming a connection between the Woodland cultures of eastern North America and the ancient Near East (1:55)
- Proposing a ludicrous chronology that can’t possibly be right (2:20)
- Citing what “the History Channel talks about” to support claims (3:05)
- Attributing the construction of megalithic monuments to giants (3:25)
- Making existing accounts better by adding details that are not true (4:40)*[see below]
- Asserting that the Smithsonian Institution has suppressed much of the evidence of giants (6:25, 12:30)
- Asserting that giant skeletons were returned to Native American peoples through NAGPRA (6:30)
- Asserting that secret societies (Freemasons, Illuminati) are also conspiring to keep the truth hidden (7:00)
- Asserting that giants were cannibals (8:00)
- Asserting that scientists are uncurious and closed to fresh ideas because they are afraid of ridicule (10:50)
All of you aspiring giantologists out there should sit up and take note: Harris has clearly got his act together. When you reach his level you've moved beyond simple reposting of newspaper clippings and into confidently re-asserting the same unsupported assertions made by other giantologists. Maybe someday his efforts will be rewarded with his very own program about giants. Or maybe he can make a guest appearance and be handed a "replica" of a human tooth from Denisova Cave and not know that it's from an animal. When something like that happens you know you’ve hit the big time.
*Harris says the following in the interview:
“You can also look at Klaus Dona who discovered allegedly you know a bone of a thirty, or what he believed a twenty-five foot tall human giant. An ankle bone. He was on Ripley’s Believe it or Not, it was tested for DNA, it was human. That was also found in South America.”
To my mind, that certainly implies that DNA obtained from the bone was human. I could find no information to verify that that was the case, however. The information I found (in the form of an email purportedly from Klaus Dona to Terje Dahl, reproduced on Dahl’s website) specified that no DNA results were obtained:
“We did not yet make an age dating but we tried to get a DNA analysis, but it was not possible to get any DNA samples out of the bones. They might be too old, concerning the archaeological DNA-expert.”
But I guess that doesn’t make for a very good story.
I may write something about these “giant human bones” from Ecuador later – the available information on them is not impressive.