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Ben Carson: ‘God gave me the answers to my college chemistry exam in a dream’

At the International Day of Prayer this morning, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson told the audience about the time God helped him ace his college chemistry final exam by giving him all the answers in a dream.

At the International Day of Prayer this morning, GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson told the audience about the time God helped him ace his college chemistry final exam by giving him all the answers in a dream.

Carson explained how his plans of being a doctor were nearly ruined when he was failing his chemistry class so badly that even if he got an A on the final exam, he wouldn’t have been able to pass. His only chance was a rule put forth by the professor that allowed students to receive double credit on the final. Upon hearing this, Carson asked God for a miracle the night before the test.

But instead of studying, Carson fell asleep and had a dream that he was alone in an auditorium where a “nebulous figure” appeared before him with a blackboard and wrote out the answers.

“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.”

Watch Carson recount his dream in the video below, via Right Wing Watch:

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  1. Michael Vinson

    May 7, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    If ‘god’ was there to give him the answers, why did he bother spending the crazy amounts of money for tuition and books? Seems a bit pointless. And if one can do that, why doesn’t everyone have a PhD in the field of their choice?

  2. Michael Vinson

    May 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    If a strong faith in ‘god’ is all you need, then there should be rocket scientists all over TX, OK and MS. Yet surprisingly, particularly in MS, they are the most uneducated in the entire country. So I guess Carson must be somebody ‘special’? Or is it simply that ‘god’ really doesn’t answer those prayers?

  3. Mike Davis

    May 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    One cannot help to notice that he is NOT a practicing physician/surgeon (has anyone vetted that claim?) And if he cannot understand chemistry sufficiently to avoid failing, or lacks the self-discipline to study hard enough to “get it,” how well does he possibly understand law, economics and foreign policy? If he can’t remember during class (if he in fact attended), how could he remember answers from a dream, and what kind of chemistry test has “answers?” Chemistry is application of basic concepts, and final exams in chemistry are not multiple guess questions. I smell a rat, or he’s lying about the dream.

  4. Dr. O

    May 7, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Lying. He has to, it’s part of the movie made about him, and that dream sequence is highlighted just as he tells it. You have to keep up those lies when there are books and movies depending on the gullibility of the readers/watchers.

  5. Rom

    May 7, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    2 reasons the first you have to be a Republican and the second you of course have to be an accomplished liar. Both of those go pretty much hand in hand.

  6. Bill

    May 7, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Sigh. I wish it was warmer in Canada.

  7. Frank C

    May 8, 2015 at 2:21 am

    I guess Ben Carson won’t need to campaign for the Presidency, he’ll just pray that GOD makes him President! WOW, is he a whack job or what?

  8. Lizzie

    May 8, 2015 at 2:55 am

    He is retired. He is a celebrated neurosurgeon known for the first sucessful separation of twins conjoined at the head. His biography was a common read for students ( myself included) and a movie was made about him as well. Obviously being a good neurosurgeon does not mean someone can’t completely detached from reality.

  9. labman57

    May 8, 2015 at 3:25 am

    In other words, either Dr. Ben just outed God as an unethical facilitator of cheating … or Carson is just another dime-a-dozen delusional right wing whack job.

  10. Jan Jones Percell

    May 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

    Good for you buddy, hope he tells you go retire quickly…you are goofy!

  11. John Ira Edwards

    May 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

    When someone elsw gives you answers, because you ate too lazy to study, that’s called cheating. And that’s unethical.

  12. Alexander Thomas

    May 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Wow. He feels he needs to cater so much to the religious right he will tell that bold face lie. What a croc of s—

  13. Redskins Reggie O

    May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Of course he’s lying, that’s the American way. Name one presidential candidate that didn’t? There is Always going to be a Rat in the house.

  14. Magginkat (@Magginkat)

    May 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    In other words he cheated. Agree with Michael Vinson, “If a strong faith in ‘god’ is all you need, then there should be rocket scientists all over TX, OK and MS. Yet surprisingly, particularly in MS, they are the most uneducated in the entire country”. Never ceases to amaze me tho’ that so many people believe this BS.

  15. Jim V.

    May 8, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Obviously, none of the above people commenting know the Lord, because He has done marvelous things for me and provided elegant answers to problems for me during my successful career as an engineer.

  16. Island Girl

    May 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    He is a real doctor, a brilliant ped neuro surgeon, the first to split conjoined twins who were attached at the head.
    He had an autobiography, a made for tv movie, and was trotted out on tv all the time.
    Almost all of my friends have a story about getting his book, and we aren’t even Americans.
    I don’t know how he ended up this crazy.

  17. Susan Sova

    May 8, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Of course he studied and studied hard. He got to Yale in the first place, didn’t he? And he was a world renowned surgeon. (I guess you guys overlooked that fact.) I have had similar experiences involving God; so I know these things are possible. It doesn’t mean we don’t have to apply ourselves, but it does mean the omniscient God does interact in our lives and does answer our sincere prayers.

  18. Byron C Mayes

    May 8, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    “One cannot help to notice that he is NOT a practicing physician/surgeon (has anyone vetted that claim?)”

    While his current comments are certainly bizarre and call into question his qualification for the Presidency, it’s pretty well-established that Ben Carson is a retired neurosurgeon with a long and acclaimed career at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.

  19. nancy

    May 8, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    God knows chemistry?? Does God know Climate Science too? Astrophysics?
    Why don’t the republicans listen to God on those subjects?

  20. Shana

    May 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    The stuff he is saying is beyond ridiculous. I met him 15 years ago when my, then infant, son needed neurosurgery for prematurely closed fontanelles at Johns Hopkins. He was polite, confident, knowledgable, and efficient. This caricature he is portraying is unrecognizable. The duplicitousness of educated republicans like Bobby Jindal, Ben Carson, and Rick Santorum to play stupid as a point of pride, is abominable. Also, The arrogance and narcissism required to believe you have the ability to bargain with god!? Wtf?

  21. Beth Heinrich

    May 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    God always told me to study. Funny thing, I guess I just am not as good as Dr C.

  22. Becky

    May 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    He actually retired in July 2013 after 36 years at John’s Hopkins Medical Center as the Chief of Pediatric Neurology.

  23. Bill Price

    May 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Why is this man not laughed out of politics for such a foolish spiel – or more to the point, where were the orderlies with the straitjacket when they were needed.

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  25. veryscarycarnival

    May 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Vancouver, baby.

  26. Martin

    May 8, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    With God on his side, what else do you need? I’m sure the parents of all his pediatric patients would agree.

  27. Dwayne

    May 8, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Lame comment. He’s written about it and the movie was made based on his recount of it. Sheesh google it.

  28. guddaym8

    May 8, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    A cup of coffee or simply meditation would have achieved the same result.
    I couldn’t solve a program looping problem, I was at it for 10 hours and could not find the solution, until I was kicked out by the cleaners, grabbed a coffee at an all-nighter and sat down to read a paper, then suddenly the answer hit me like magic. I walked back in the next morning, typed the line of code that hit me and it worked perfectly. It is simply how the brain gets scrambled sometimes and needs time/rest to unscramble.

  29. guddaym8

    May 8, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Though back to the Carson nonsense, sounds more likely he cheated!

  30. John S

    May 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Your assumption is that people don’t get smarter as they go through college. It sounds like that was the case for your.

  31. Brian Winn

    May 9, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I hope he stays in the race for many months, as he is very entertaining. I do NOT want him to get elected. That would not be good.

  32. EileenD

    May 9, 2015 at 3:31 am

    in the interest of fair disclosure, he was quite an excellent doctor(doesn’t mean he knows shit about politics) He was the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins

  33. Ralph

    May 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    God gave me cocain so I snorted it…

  34. Adrian capes

    May 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    God helps you cheat.

  35. Robert Moreland

    May 10, 2015 at 2:16 am

    You know, I think he cheated; so he comes up with the miracle thing to cover his tracks. Let’s test him again and see how HE does.

  36. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 6:52 am

    There have been movies made about the bible. That doesn’t make any of it true.

  37. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 6:54 am

    He would be better off having Dr.Seuss on his side. At least Dr. Seuss (Ted Giesel) was real.

  38. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

    “The arrogance and narcissism required to believe you have the ability to bargain with god!? Wtf?”
    Believers do it everyday; they call it ‘prayer’. They believe with all their hearts that this ‘god’ being has an infallible master plan, yet they pray to him to change that plan. It is arrogance of the finest order.

  39. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Because they think it’s more important to make decisions about people’s sex lives, and reproductive systems.

  40. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 7:07 am

    “…it does mean the omniscient God does interact in our lives and does answer our sincere prayers”.
    Maybe if you’re trying to find your keys, or want to win a football game. Yea, really important stuff like that. But the trivial things, like children dying of starvation and disease around the globe, he seems to ignore. You think the prayers of an abused or dying child aren’t sincere enough?

  41. Michael Vinson

    May 10, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Well, aren’t you special. Children all over the world dying of starvation and disease, and he picks you to help. Alrighty then.

  42. M. Pleasants

    May 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    He clearly doesn’t understand God. You’re supposed to cheat on the test, then pray for forgiveness.

  43. Danny Broderick

    May 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    If God sent you a miracle to make you a doctor, why are you defying him and trying to be a President?

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  45. John McQuizzy

    September 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Wow! I haven’t heard that argument before… I humbly ask that you read some philosophy before mocking someone’s religion. I recommend the focus of ethics, moral epistemology, and the nature of God.

    Also, feel free to submit any of your doubts to this site or just simply browse around the web.

    http://www.reasonablefaith.org/question-answer

    Lastly, if you are not too overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of Christianity already, some of my favorite apologetics/ philosophers of faith include John Lennox, Allister McGrath, John Polkinghorne, William Lane Craig (from the website above), Peter Van Inwagen, Alvin Plantinga, and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

    Thanks Michael!

  46. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Say it with me—>VIEWERS.

    PS-I’m not in the tank for this guy.lol

  47. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Hahahaha, that was funny.

  48. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hahahahahaha, he is a goofy one, geesh.

  49. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Well, he was supposedly a pediatric genius. 😀 /putting on my best trollface

  50. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    He ended up being a pediatric genius, lol, just not helping your own logic there, follow it through, guy.

  51. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Yeah, I don’t get it, it’s a puzzler.

  52. Tracy Sutton

    October 15, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    It’s at least as comical to watch all the devout atheists scramble in a fervor at the audacity of subscribing to any religious doctrine–no doubt, one and the same Left, lib thinkers who fully support Islam, however. :D. Selective critical thinking, that, minus the critical.

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