By Elaine Magliaro
Dr. Ben Carson, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, is a retired neurosurgeon. He is reportedly the first surgeon to have successfully separated conjoined twins that were joined at the head. When he was thirty-three-years-old, “he became the youngest major division director in Johns Hopkins history, as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.” Dr. Carson was educated at Yale and at the University of Michigan Medical School. Carson is, obviously, an intelligent, well-educated, accomplished individual.
This weekend, Dr. Carson suggested “that religion was necessary for testing scientific theories because the science could be ‘propaganda.’” In an appearance earlier today on Meet the Press, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Carson “how science could coexist with his conservative Christian principles.” Carson responded, “A person’s religious beliefs are the things that make them who they are, gives them a direction in their life. But I do not believe that religious beliefs should dictate one’s public policies and stances.”
Carson continued by saying, “I find, a very good measure of correlation between my religious beliefs and my scientific beliefs — people say, how can you be a scientist, how can you be a surgeon if you don’t believe in certain things?” he continued. “Maybe those things aren’t scientific. Maybe it’s just propaganda.”
Christina Wilkie (Huffington Post) said that Carson, who is a Seventh-day Adventist, “is an outspoken creationist who openly questions evolutionary theory.” She added that Carson “also denies that climate change is real, a view that puts him at odds with the vast majority of the scientific community.”
Ben Carson Defends Obama But Not Evolution (Huffington Post)
Ben Carson (Wikipedia)