It seems that the amazingly ignorant scientific comments never stop flowing from the retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential candidate, Ben Carson.
Most people know that Carson denies evolution is a fact and instead subscribes to young earth creationism, believing the earth is only 6000 years old and humans were created as is. Whether he is stupid enough to actually believe this or is pandering to the ignorance of the GOP voter base has been up for question among some, but a video discovered from 2011 seems to close the door on that idea.
Speaking at an event called “Celebrating Creation” in 2011, Carson showed off his ignorance by attributing fake quotes to Darwin, revealing he has zero understanding of basic geology, and even attempts to ridicule scientists who understand and accept evolution. Not unlike Ken Ham, Carson seems to think saying “I don’t know” is a sign of ignorance and weakness.
The video (above) was transcribed by Daniel W. VanArsdale and some of the highlights are below.
[20:56] “… there is abundant evidence, geological evidence, that there was a worldwide flood. Go up into the Andes Mountains and see all those fossils on the top of those mountains. I mean, these things, when you talk to the evolutionists about them, they always say the same thing … ‘well, we don’t understand everything.’ And I just say, ‘I’m not sure you understand anything.’ You know, they look at all those layers, and then they find some fossils in one of the layers, and they says this fossil is this many years old because it’s in this layer. So, that means this fossil is like a million years old. And then later on they say, ‘well, this layer is a million years old because this fossil which is a million years old is in it.’ You know, that’s like saying, you know, ‘the sky can be red or blue’. And you say, well, the sky is blue. And you say why is it blue? ‘Because it is not red.’ Well why is it not red? ‘Because its blue.’ Yeh, you know that’s known as circular reasoning. That’s how they explain the age of all these things, its very circular reasoning, and really it has no real scientific validity.” [22:22][27:24] “You know, according to the theory [of evolution] it [the eye] had to go pukh! and there was an eyeball, overnight, just like that, because it wouldn’t work in any other way. And when you ask the evolutionists about that they say, ‘well, we don’t understand everything.’ And I say, ‘well, I don’t think you understand anything.” [27:48]
[answering a woman’s question, 45:07] “I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary [Satan], and it has become what is scientifically politically correct. Amazingly, there are a significant number of scientists who do not believe it but they are afraid to say anything.” [45:38]
This is the level of ignorance we are dealing with when it comes to the 2016 presidential election. Ignorance so deep that an actual neurosurgeon rejects one of the world’s best understood scientific theories in favor of fairytales and magic.
It is horrifying to think that in 2015 that not only does this ignorance exist, but that it can be a serious candidate for President of the United States.
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[h/t Little Green Footballs]