It appears that Ben Carson’s ongoing string of religious insanity extends way, way back in his life. In 1998, he gave the commencement address to graduates of Anderson University, where he said that he didn’t believe the pyramids were built by aliens, or as tombs. Despite everything we know, yes know, about the pyramids, he doesn’t believe they’re tombs. He thinks that Joseph, from the Bible, built them for grain storage.
Say what? Yeah, that’s what we thought too. His exact words were:
My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. 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.
He also said:
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. 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.
The Joseph in question is one of the 12 sons of Jacob, who was sold into slavery. He eventually became one of the pharaoh’s top aides, having had a vision of famine in the years to come. He told the Egyptians that they needed to start storing grain in order to survive the famine. However, there is all sorts of evidence showing that the pyramids were built by three different pharaohs. There are ancient sarcophagi inside them, showing that they were, indeed, tombs.
J.G. Manning, a professor of Egyptian Studies at Yale (in other words, someone who would know something about this), said:
It’s a biblical view of the pyramids. It just has no basis in fact.
Carson won’t listen to that, though. He’s a biblical literalist, and biblical literalists will take anything historical, dismiss what we know about it, and twist it so that it’s evidence proving the Bible. The nonsense that comes from biblical literalists is absolutely astounding sometimes.
We could dismiss this as dredging up really old history, but Carson spoke to CBS News about that address yesterday and said, “It’s still my belief, yes.” He also said:
[T]he pyramids were made in a way that they had hermetically sealed compartments….You would need that if you were trying to preserve grain for a long period of time.
Carson is about as anti-science as you can get, and he’s a neurosurgeon. How does a neurosurgeon get to be this anti-science? How does someone who is this anti-science get to be a neurosurgeon? That’s just plain frightening. And this delusion is just one of many that makes Carson unfit to be president.
Watch the whole, sad spectacle below, if you dare: