How God Helped Ben Carson Cheat on a Chemistry Exam

How God Helped Ben Carson Cheat on a Chemistry Exam May 9, 2015

Ben Carson spoke at a National Day of Prayer event and told a bizarre story about how God helped him cheat on a chemistry exam so he could pass a class he was failing by sending him the answers in a dream. Absolutely nothing about this story sounds even remotely plausible.

As Carson explained it, his goal of becoming a doctor was nearly derailed in his first semester at Yale University when he was failing his chemistry class to such an extent that he would not have been able to pass even if managed to get an A on the final exam. Fortunately for him, this particular professor had a policy that anyone who was failing the class could receive double credit on the final and so Carson asked God for a miracle before committing himself to study for the exam the night before.

But instead of studying, Carson fell asleep and had a dream in which he was alone in an auditorium as some “nebulous figure” wrote out chemistry problems on the blackboard.

“When I went to take the test the next morning, it was like ‘The Twilight Zone,'” Carson said. “I opened that book and I recognized the first problem as one of the ones I dreamed about. And the next, and the next, and the next, and I aced the exam and got a good mark in chemistry. It worked out okay and I promised the Lord he would never have to do that for me again.”

I hope someone looks up his old chemistry professor, if they’re still alive, or some of his other classmates. The idea that a Yale Med School professor had a policy where someone failing his course could get double credit on his exam so they could pass seems incredibly unlikely. The whole story sounds like total bullshit.

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