Current Presidential candidate and Republican Party front runner Ben Carson is almost as quote-worthy as former 2016 GOP poll leader Donald Trump. Where Trump was the brash self-assured billionaire son-of-another-billionaire, Ben Carson is the neurosurgeon who is soft-spoken to a potentially un-electable fault. Politico slams aside, Carson and Trump have other similarities worthy of note; namely, their adherence to some very strange beliefs.
Now, this is not a slam on either candidates’ religious beliefs. Ben Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist and Trump claims to be Presbyterian. Trump’s strange beliefs, at least one, stem from his untested assertion that vaccines cause illness and are inherently dangerous to children in the levels in which they are currently administered: Trump is an Antivaxxer. Though several GOP candidates, including Ben Carson, weighed in on vaccines in the first GOP Presidential debate, Trump was both previously vocal on the issue and seemed unswerving during the debate, though he avoided claiming that vaccines cause autism during the debate.
Ben Carson’s claims, quotes, and logical fallacies can be seen in the following articles. They are not meant to demean the presidential hopeful, but are a rather eloquent example of how a man who is held in both professional esteem, medical good repute, and (potential) political power may also believe things that are neither a matter of his Christian faith (for they are not found in the Bible), religious tutelage (because each church teaches different interpretations of the Bible and church members may take on different understandings from these teachings), and that would go against a scientifically minded individual’s desire to test a theory and discard those claims not supported by evidence.
Egyptian Pyramids were used to store grain.
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“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain,” Carson said. “Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.”
In the video surfaced by Buzzfeed Wednesday, Carson goes on to lay out his argument that the pyramids were constructed for grain storage.
“And when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d have to be that way for various reasons,” Carson said. “And various of scientists have said, ‘well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how-’ you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”
Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and the presidential candidate standing to the right of Trump on the stage, attempted to correct Trump’s assertion, explaining that there is well-documented proof that autism is not associated with vaccinations.
Unfortunately, Carson went on to promote another fear-driven myth about vaccines. He added that “we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time.” There is not a shred of scientific evidence to back this up. Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist and another candidate on the stage, echoed his fellow doctor’s concerns about bunching vaccines.
Both of these physicians have had great accomplishments in the medical world, Carson as a pioneer neurosurgeon and Paul as a successful eye surgeon. As a fellow physician it was unsettling to me to see them speculating wildly outside their areas of expertise, especially in the wake of Trump’s dangerous comments. They should have known better.