Presidential hopeful and alternate frontrunner for the Republican nomination Ben Carson cannot be mocked enough for his “personal theory” on who constructed the Egyptian pyramids and for what the structures were used. That became apparent when more experts this week shot down his strange and unsubstantiated opinions on the subject.
The Telegraph reported November 10 that experts in the homeland of the pyramids found Dr. Ben Carson’s views not even worthy of comment. “Does he even deserve a response? He doesn’t,” Mamdouh el-Damaty, Egypt’s antiquities minister said at a news conference convened to discuss the recent anomalous thermal scans of the pyramids and the impact the findings might have on future discoveries.
The Telegraph noted that Carson’s idea — that the Egyptian pyramids were built by the Old Testament biblical figure Joseph as storehouses for grain after advising the pharaoh to store food for a predicted famine — has not been major news in Egypt, where much of the population accepts the archaeological evidence regarding the large structures. This includes the idea that they date back as far as 4,500 years and that they were built by Egyptians to honor dead rulers.
As a matter of fact, Ben Carson’s opinions about the ancient monuments do not make even a bit of sense as to what is currently known about the construction of the pyramids themselves. As one person pointed out in a Twitter post (handle: southpaw): “Does Ben Carson know that the pyramids are–aside from few tiny passageways and burial chambers–completely solid?” This can also be seen in any number of videos to be found on YouTube as well.
The matter of the pyramids became headlines when Buzzfeed News resurrected a video of Carson last week explaining his theory in 1998 at a Michigan college affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Christian sect he personally follows. “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids in order to store grain,” he says in the video. He also stated that the storing of grain was more likely than the conclusion of archaeologists that the pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs.
He went on: “[W]hen 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.”
(Note: No scientists of note adhere to the alien construction theory. Those particular views are fringe theories visited upon by disseminators of such ideas as those presented on the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens.”)
Carson was immediately taken to task for his pyramid theory and roasted on social media. In fact, the hashtag #BenCarsonWikipedia was created to do just that and the grain and bread jokes started pouring in. The Wrap collected a few, posting some of the more amusing shots, like Alan Corbett’s: “Hieroglyphics are just recipes for bread.”
And Carson still adheres to his “personal theory.” When asked about the video and his comments at a book signing on November 5 by the Associated Press, he supported his own words by saying, “Some people believe in the Bible like I do and don’t find that to be silly at all, and believe that God created the Earth and don’t find that to be silly at all. The secular progressives try to ridicule it every time it comes up and they’re welcome to do that.”
What Dr. Ben Carson attempted to do with those remarks was deflect from his erroneous theory with false humility and the attitude that all have a right to their own opinions. However, he is being ridiculed for ignoring scientific evidence, not to mention simple logistics and storage facility parameters. He is not being dismissed or mocked for his religious beliefs. That he has chosen to believe something that evidence suggests cannot be even remotely true only indicates his denial of fact.