When an idea comes to fruition, there is little that can be done to stop it. As such, it is safe to say that with all the research being done on giants, “gigantology” has become its own field of study. Certainly there are qualified researchers, academic and otherwise, doing great work in a multifaceted field employing mythology, history, languages, archeology, and anthropology. So there we have it: his own -ology, the study of giants.

However, the field is not without people without experience or without training in scientific processes, tests or logic. It is an already sensational field by the nature of its subject matter, but there seems to be a tendency to sensationalize the themes of the giants, which only serves to satirize gigantology. So there are right ways to do it and wrong ways.

There are all kinds of qualifiers that can be attributed to discipline. “Biblical” is generally the first thing that comes to mind, due to the Old Testament giant traditions in the text. “World-” or “Mythological-” are others, and they tend to focus on the ethnological breadth of traditions around the world in space and time (Gigaanthropology, so to speak). “Historical” is another, which is based on the documented accounts of giants in the ancient and modern worlds. As part of the gigantology family, for material evidence archeogiantology would be the recovery of physical remains and artifacts of giants.

Species also need a proper taxonomy, if gigantologists are to place giants within the biology of fauna. In the most nominal and general terms, they are hominids of gigantic stature. Hence the scientific name Homo colossicus (“giant man”) or the more immediately recognizable as Homo gigantis (man of / of the giants) could suffice. Tribal divisions as described in the Bible would have little to do with taxonomy, but geography would. So the oldest giants could be Homo gigantis antediluvensis, or the giants originating from the Holy Land could be Homo gigantis Levantinus, or the giants from North America showing physiological uniqueness could be Homo gigantis americanus, and so on. However, there is the question of satisfying the supernatural pedigree of giants in the taxonomic designation. In this scenario, Homo titanus (titanic man), addresses supernatural origins (as Josephus equates the Nephilim with the Greek titans) and satisfies the taxonomic criteria without being overly ostentatious.

Basically, giant research develops along one of three axes, or a combination of them. First, the mythological / oral tradition / anthropological evidence comes to us from the mythological traditions of cultures around the world. Second, the historical evidence for the giants resides in written records preserved by ancient, medieval, and modern writers. Finally, the material axis turns to archeology and paleontology to recover the physical remains of giants and the artifacts and features that they left behind. As a general rule of thumb, in the order I’ve described, the evidence gets sparser. Genetics, epigenetics, physics, geology, and biochemistry also have the potential to provide new insights.

Research ethics should also be a high priority for any giant researcher. A comprehensive scientific methodology must be applied to each project. Any original research in the form of magazine articles and books must take sources into account. This practice is responsible and allows others to follow and corroborate or amend the work of scholars. There are many posts on the subject of giants without footnote citations (too many, in my opinion). In order to present a case to the world, research must be presented in the language of science, in an ethical and responsible manner. The dissemination of the results of research projects must also take such ethics into account and must be carried out in a timely manner. Most journals will likely be reluctant to publish, which means that other venues and even original peer-reviewed journals dealing with giants should eventually materialize through the efforts of (much-needed) academic societies and professional organizations that study the giants. giants.

The above statements are anything but a summary of the field of gigantology. It is changing daily. There are many other questions to develop, but for now, here are the rudiments for a discipline of gigantology, each of which must be considered.

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