Friday, September 25, 2015

2011 video of Ben Carson shows him claiming that the flood of Noah was real and that Darwin was encouraged by Satan to come up with Evolution.

Now that video up above is over 48 minutes long so I don't expect anyone to sit through the entire thing without ripping their hair out.

I certainly couldn't.

However here is a brief synopsis by the blog  Danthropology followed by some snippets of Carson's remarks:

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.

And here are some of the actual remarks that Carson offered during an event called “Celebrating Creation":

 [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]

How interesting that he recognizes the term "circular reasoning" but does not seem to understand that his entire argument is based on the premise that the Bible is the inerrant word of God and therefore any evidence which disputes that claim must be rejected, and only evidence which supports the Biblical accounts will be accepted.

By the way that is a consistent theme throughout his Q and A.

[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] 

That is of course completely false, and evolutionists indeed have a working understanding of how the various eyes in the animal kingdom developed. (As you can see for yourself in this Ted Ed video.)

The fact that a medical doctor does not understand this is more than a little troubling.

[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]

So to be clear the man who is currently polling at number two for the GOP presidential nomination, believes that things which disagree with his religious perspective are the work of an evil entity whose job it is to undermine Christianity by introducing doubt.

The thing that I noticed while watching the video is how utterly convinced Carson is that he is absolutely correct in his thinking.

So sure is he that he feels comfortable ridiculing those who dare to consider that science may have the answers instead of the Bible.

That kind of absolute certainty is frightening to behold, and reminds me in no small way of George W. Bush in the lead up to the Iraq war. In my opinion Carson is a truly dangerous person who should be kept far away from the levers of power.

People of faith seem to feel confident in their belief, regardless of the evidence, while people of science are always searching for that next bit of evidence which will change their minds completely.

Personally I am much more comfortable with the uncertainty of the thinker, over the certainty of the believer.

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    1. Anonymous2:33 PM

      I'm really trying to wrap my head around the fact that a yokel from Wasilla has so much in common with a neurosurgeon, a couple of Governors that served out not just one term, but a second, a technology sector CEO, and a Billionaire real estate tycoon. Modern Day Mainstream Conservatism, the common denominator of an uncharitable, hostile, ignorant, greedy, venomous breed of assholes.

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  2. Anonymous9:57 AM

    Just listening to Carson's voice and the things he says seem to point to a mentally ill individual.

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    1. A J Billings10:30 AM

      For some humans, I think we have to embrace the paradox that they might be really good at something admirable, but the rest of their lives are a complete and total mud pit.

      I know a person who built a business probably worth 50 million, but his personal life is a trainwreck, he makes horrifically bad decisions, is on his 3rd divorce,
      and constantly is screwing up.

      Witness a neuro surgeon who believes fairy tales from Bronze age desert shepherds, and who doesn't believe about 80% of modern scientific reality.

      Carson thinks that Ellen White's absurd 7th day Adventist apostasy of only going to "church" on saturday and being a vegetarian is the "true" Christian way.

      Every Christian sect has their own cultish bullsh*t about how every other sect has it wrong.

      Humans are just unbelievably gullible, ignorant, greedy, idiotic, foolish, violent, prejudiced and delusional.

      It's a miracle we have anything on earth except war, slavery, poverty, suffering, and hatred, given the religious fanaticism out there.

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    2. Anonymous10:50 AM

      This^

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  3. Anonymous10:07 AM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEEh5krbvUk

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  4. Anonymous10:37 AM

    Insanity

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  5. Anonymous10:53 AM

    "birfday"? No, he can memorize all he wants, he isn't too bright.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucExu334i6Q#t=19

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  6. Anonymous10:56 AM

    noah, his clan and critters must've had onboard oxygen bottles -seeing's how they were higher than Everest ...

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  7. Boscoe11:02 AM

    It always astounds me the way these people judge science based on having no understanding of how it works, and rather than finding out, they simply glom onto a snarky bumpersticker slogan that they replace actual knowledge with.

    I mean, why bother to find out how scientists know how old rocks are when you can just skip ahead to the part where they can now cross reference the age of fossils and the age of rocks against each other and claim that's THE ONLY WAY THEY'VE EVER DONE IT??

    And I suppose he thinks that God invented brain surgery and passed that knowledge perfect and complete to the first brain surgeon in a dream?

    On second thought, please don't answer that, Ben.

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  8. Anonymous11:07 AM

    Carbon dating is conveniently left out of his discussion. Must be the work of the devil and jos minions.

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  9. Anonymous11:07 AM

    and Gilgamesh......?

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  10. Phyllis11:10 AM

    Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist and they believe that the earth is about 6000 years old. They also don't believe in hell and they believe that man doesn't have an immortal soul.
    Also most SDA churches are pro-choice.

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    1. Anonymous11:20 AM

      They also do NO work on Saturdays, nor anything that could be perceived as work. So his Saturday campaign vents are what? Family time in prayer?

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    2. Anonymous12:25 PM

      Well, I believe they DO believe in an immortal soul, but the souls of the dead will not be resurrected until the "last day". That's probably why they don't mind hurrying things along.

      They also believe in a "brief hell" which will be suffered by the unbelievers after the resurrection, but after that, the sinner's soul will cease to "exist".

      Blacks were especially welcomed into the early church as one of the earlier influential founder's spoke and wrote often on the horrors of slavery. So, it was one path for a black person to be a little sheltered by the white world. Unfortunately of course it is an extremely conservative religion, and often blacks who chose this route were cut off from most of their non-7th brethren .

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  11. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I hate the word "evolutionist". What does that mean exactly? Someone who believes in evolution? I believe in gravity, does that make me a "gravity-ist"? I believe the Earth is round does that make me a "globe-ist"?
    "Evolutionist" is a word that was made up to put people who understand the science on the same level as a cult. No rational person should use that word, ever.

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  12. Anonymous1:24 PM

    The guys is nuts! He should go back to his doctoring and get out of politics! He'll never be elected POTUS and thank gadfree he is dropping in the recent polls!

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  13. Randall3:21 PM

    "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..."

    Tectonic plate subduction.

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  14. Anonymous4:55 PM

    Remember, folks, this guy sawed off the tops of people's skulls and scrambled their brains with chopsticks for a living.

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    1. Anonymous5:50 PM

      And now he is scrambling Republican Brains by talking bullshit to them...

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