Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How is Paul Waldman both so incredibly smart and so spectacularly stupid?

"You don't get to be one of the world's most renowned neurosurgeons without the ability to understand complex systems, evaluate evidence, sift the plausible from the implausible, and integrate disparate pieces of data into a coherent whole. And yet he thinks that the theory of evolution is not just a great big hoax, but a hoax literally delivered to us from Hell." (Paul Waldman)

I just finished reading How is Ben Carson both so incredibly smart and so spectacularly stupid by Paul Waldman. Waldman is "a senior writer with The American Prospect magazine and a blogger for The Washington Post," "a contributor to The Plum Line blog," and his writing "has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, and web sites, and he is the author or co-author of four books on media and politics." (Didn't notice scientist in there anywhere.)

In his self-admitted contemptuous tone, Waldman takes presidential candidate Ben Carson to task for being both smart and stupid. While recognizing all of us are smart in some areas and stupid in others, it is Carson's supposedly spectacular stupidity in one area that Waldman just can't tolerate -- Carson accepts the biblical account of creation over the prevailing scientific account of origins. Where do I line up to get the "stupid" stamp on my forehead?

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