Listening to presidential hopeful Dr. Ben Carson talk is often slightly less pleasant than listening to someone drag a nail across a chalk board. Listening to him talk about science, ironically, is much, much worse. For instance, in a conversation with a voter at a town hall event at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Carson (a retired neurosurgeon), forever killed the phrase, “What are you — a brain surgeon?” when referencing smart people.
Carson, who is technically a scientist, asserted that science is simply a religion, and explained that he just doesn’t “have that much faith” in the field. “But they are welcome to believe whatever they want to believe,” he said of scientists, who consider peer-reviewed evidence rather than a book of magic and fairy tales.
“You don’t believe in evolution or climate change, I believe,” a man in the audience asked Carson. “And I was just wondering, do you seriously not believe that climate change is happening?”
“Is there climate change? Of course there’s climate change,” Carson replied, apparently unaware that weather getting colder in the winter is not evidence that the world is getting colder overall. “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.”
“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,” Carson continued, though he was not asked about evolution. “Because he’s very smart and he didn’t want to start over every 50 years.” Shortly afterward, with all the wisdom of “magnets, how do they work?” he questioned gravity itself:
“Just the way the earth rotates on its axis, how far away it is from the sun. These are all very complex things. Uh, gravity. Where did it come from? I mean, there are so many things.”
“So I don’t denigrate the people who say ‘Eh, eh, whatever, somehow it happened.’ I don’t denigrate them, I just don’t have that much faith,” he explained. “But they are welcome to believe whatever they want to believe. I’m welcome to believe what I want to believe. They say I can’t be a scientist and yet somehow I became a neurosurgeon and did pretty well.”
It’s no wonder Carson can’t figure out how to respond to a Hurricane! For a neurosurgeon, Carson presents a surprisingly facepalm-inducing, unscientific viewpoint of the world rivaled only by his belief that someone like Hitler (nudge, nudge, Obama) could rise to power in America because no one is providing “any opposition to” people trying to “change things” through “control of thought and control of speech.”
Watch Carson embarrass humanity, below:
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.