Ben Carson has been criticized for his bizarre claim (made in a commencement speech seventeen years ago) that the Egyptian pyramids were used to store grain, and rightly so. But there was something else almost as bizarre about his claim that is actually more telling, and it is something most reports have ignored.
Carson's reason for thinking the pyramids were grain silos, in case you don't know, is simple: the Bible says that Joseph had the Egyptians store enough grain to last them for seven years, and so Carson argues that whatever they used to store it in “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...”
But the other thing Carson said about the pyramids is what I find even more interesting:
‘‘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 a reason. And various scientists have said, ‘Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they had special knowledge and that’s how they were...’ – you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”
Yes, presidential candidate Ben Carson actually thinks that scientists (or at least “various scientists,” which is bad enough) believe that aliens were responsible for the pyramids. That says a lot about how much he understands science.