Speaking in New Hampshire last week, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked by an audience member to clear up his stance on climate change and evolution.
“You don’t believe in evolution or climate change, I believe. And I was just wondering, do you seriously not believe that climate change is happening?” asked someone in attendance.
Carson first attempted to clear up his stance on climate change, showing that he doesn’t understand the evidence and causality of global climate change.
Is there climate change? Of course, there’s climate change. Any point in time, temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down. Of course, that’s happening. When that stops happening, that’s when we’re in big trouble.
The crowd applauded Carson’s ignorance before he turned his attention to evolution.
As far as evolution is concerned, you know, I do believe in micro-evolution, or natural selection, but I believe that God gave the creatures he made the ability to adapt to their environment. Because he’s very smart and he didn’t want to start over every 50 years.
It is important to remember that Carson is a retired neurosurgeon and a successful one at that. Yet he doesn’t know that micro and macro evolution are the same thing and that if he claims he accepts natural selection he must then accept both?
This isn’t the first time that Carson has shared his ignorance on evolution with his voter base and many had wondered if Carson was simply pandering to an ignorant voter base. However, it seems that Carson is painfully ignorant and willfully of evolution and how it works.
Thankfully, Carson doesn’t have much of a chance of becoming the next President of the United States, but his opponents do not seem to be much smarter.
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