“If you are trying to make a case that Carson is an idiot or against science, I think it takes more than a religious conviction to discredit an internationally prominent neurosurgeon with a string of articles published in scholarly medical journals.”
No, it’s obvious he doesn’t hold these wildly wrong beliefs because of stupidity. However that doesn’t really let him off the hook, because the alternatives are that he either has no common sense, or no critical thinking skills. Either one of those is not a positive quality in a presidential candidate.
You’re way off the rails in suggesting “no common sense” or “critical thinking skills.” Frankly, on these points I’m thinking those shoes fit you better. The origin and use of the pyramids is by no means a settled matter. It may be in your mind, even though you didn’t build them. You put your faith in ones who claim to have all the answers. I rather like to see such things questioned and/or alternatives proposed. But that’s not “common sense” or “critical thinking,” is it?
Carson clearly has critical thinking skills, or he would not be a surgeon. I think it more likely this is something his teacher mentioned to him as a child in Sunday (Saturday? Sabbath?) school and he just accepted it without ever giving it much thought one way or the other; after all it is really not very important except to Egyptologists. And, I wish Donald Trump had just let this silly thing alone.