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Ben Carson’s crazy theory about the pyramids has nothing to do with aliens, but it’s just as dumb

Ben Carson wants you to know that history and scientists are wrong about the pyramids. Egyptians didn’t build them. Joseph from the Bible did.

For a supposedly brilliant doctor, Ben Carson has a bizarre way of processing science and history.

In a recently uncovered speech from 1998, Carson rejected the idea that the Egyptians built the pyramid. Instead, he says, Joseph from the Bible built them to store grains. The remarks were made at an address given to graduates of Andrews University, which, unsurprisingly, is heavily Seventh Day Adventist, which is the version of Christianity that Carson himself adheres to. Carson said of the his own ideas about where the pyramids came from:

“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.

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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.”

This much sheer, willful ignorance is downright dangerous. Ben Carson is clearly crazy. I really do have to wonder how someone with such insane beliefs ever made it through medical school at all.

Watch Carson’s crazy theories below:

[Talking Points Memo] Featured image via Flickr

15 Comments

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    Jeffrey Seleb

    November 5, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Why this nut case still has a single soul supporting his candidacy can only be explained by rampant mental illness.

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    Jordan Parker

    November 5, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Seriously. This guy is a man of science and he doesn’t even agree with the mostly peer reviewed findings about the pyramids?

    But hey, when you live in a party where it is acceptable, expected even, to claim that science is “just an opinion,” then what’s another whacko “personal theory” going to matter, right??

    You clowns want something to talk about? I’ll help you out –

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    Jerry Ruttenburg

    November 5, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Then why are there dead people found in all of them. And, they are not hollow, if you wanted to store grain in them they would be hollow.

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    Lucy

    November 5, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Oh, so he’s a moron… or an opiate addict.

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    Jordan Parker

    November 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Seriously. This guy is a man of science and he doesn’t even agree with the mostly peer reviewed findings about the pyramids?

    But hey, when you live in a party where it is acceptable, expected even, to claim that science is “just an opinion,” then what’s another whacko “personal theory” going to matter, right??

    You clowns want something to talk about? I’ll help you out –

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    It turns out that Obama is indeed “the adult in the room,” and yes, the Chess Master. HRC will keep it going, any republican will screw it up. Simple as that.

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    Ben Carson

    November 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    God told me that I have the “heaven,” vote, so I will be your next President of the World!

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