Quotes from Dr. Ben Carson
Transcription by Daniel W. VanArsdale,   9/2015

All the following quotes are from a speech given at the Adventist News Network "Celebration of Creation", Nov. - Dec. 2011, by
Dr. Ben Carson, retired pediatric neurosurgeon who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. One source reported this was held at Avondale College in Cooranbong, Australia. A video recording of this speech is presented on many web pages; for YouTube search "ben carson evolution" or use this link.  

Square brackets contain contextual information or time. For example, [10:32] is 10 minutes and 32 seconds into the video, as displayed on YouTube by positioning the cursor on the line at the bottom of the screen. Then left clicking will advance the video so that it is ready to play at that time. The complete speech is over 48 minutes long. This partial transcription has been double checked; but if you notice any corrections please email them to me.   

[10:32] [Of a debate with Don Johanson, finder of the Lucy fossil] "... and you know he shows this all over the world, this little skull with a protruding mandible and a receding forehead. And I said, you know, I'm a neurosurgeon, and I operate on a lot of people who have, you know, deformed skulls and things, and, you know, eventually they die and they get buried and years later somebody like you comes along and finds their skull and says they found a missing link, you know. He didn't appreciate that. But I said, you know, why is there just one of them. Why isn't there a whole colony of them? How can you dig up this one little thing and then extrapulate [sic]. [11:19] And that's what those who are creationists [sic] tend to do; make these gigantic extrapulations [sic] without real evidence of what's going on." [11:31]

[19:41] "You know, I am not a hard and fast person who says the earth is only six thousand years old, but I do believe in a six day creation. And, because, you know, it says in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. It doesn't say when he created them except for 'in the beginning', so the earth could have been here for a long time before he started creating things on it. [20:03] But when he did start doing that he made it very specifically clear to us: 'the evening and the morning were the next day.' Because he knew that people would come along and try to say: 'oh, it was millions and millions of years.' " [20:19]

[20:56] "... there is abundant evidence, geological evidence, that there was a worldwide flood. Go up into the Andes Mountains and see all those fossils on the top of those mountains. I mean, these things, when you talk to the evolutionists about them, they always say the same thing ... 'well, we don't understand everything.' And I just say, 'I'm not sure you understand anything.' You know, they look at all those layers, and then they find some fossils in one of the layers, and they says this fossil is this many years old because it's in this layer. So, that means this fossil is like a million years old. And then later on they say, 'well, this layer is a million years old because this fossil which is a million years old is in it.'  You know, that's like saying, you know, 'the sky can be red or blue'. And you say, well, the sky is blue. And you say why is it blue? 'Because it is not red.' Well why is it not red? 'Because its blue.' Yeh, you know that's known as circular reasoning. That's how they explain the age of all these things, its very circular reasoning, and really it has no real scientific validity." [22:22]

[24:34] "So we should be able to find intermediate species at any given point in time, and we should be able to find how they line up. You know Darwin said his whole theory depended on the fossil remains and he said we should be able to line up from a single cell organism to man several miles long and just walk right down the fossil trail and see how everything evolved. And he said the only reason they didn't have the fossils was because they were not geologically sophisticated enough, but that we would be in fifty to a hundred years. Well that was a hundred and fifty years ago. We still haven't found them. Where are they? Where are the fossil remains? But when you ask the evolutionists about that they say: 'Nnuuhhh I don't know where they are, they're somewhere, we just haven't found them yet.' " [25:35]

[27:24] "You know, according to the theory [of evolution] it [the eye] had to go pukh! and there was an eyeball, overnight, just like that, because it wouldn't work in any other way. And when you ask the evolutionists about that they say, 'well, we don't understand everything.' And I say, 'well, I don't think you understand anything.' " [27:48]

[27:52] "I mean the human brain, the most sophisticated organ system in the universe. ... It remembers every single thing you have ever seen, every single thing you have ever heard." ... [28:35] "Do you know, your brain, and this is a conservative estimate, could take in one new fact every second for over three million years [over 94,000,000,000,000 facts] before you begin to challenge its capacity." [28:57]

[31:03]. "Well, now what about the big bang theory? I find the big bang really quite fascinating. Now here you have all these highfaluting scientists, and they are saying that there was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order. Now these are the same scientists who go around touting the second law of thermodynamics, which is entropy, which says that things move toward a state of disorganization. So now you are going to have this big explosion, and everything becomes perfectly organized. And when you ask them about that they say, 'well, we can explain this based on probability theory. Because if there's enough big explosions, over a long enough period of time, over billions and billions of years, one of them will be the perfect explosion.' And I say, so what you're telling me is if I blow a hurricane through a junk yard enough times, over billions and billions of years, eventually after one of those hurricanes there will be a 747 fully loaded and ready to fly. [32:12] Well, but I mean it's even more ridiculous than that, because our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized to the point where we can predict 70 years away when a comet is coming. Now that type of organization, to just come out of an explosion? I mean you want to talk about fairy tales, that is amazing. [32:43] And then even if you want to use their own scientific theories, you know you've got this mass spinning and then it explodes. In physics we have something we call angular momentum and it is preserved, so it should be preserved in any orbit of anything that is effected by gravity around a planet, which means everything has to traverse in the same direction. Well it doesn't! There are many planets that have satellites and moons that go in the opposite directions. So that doesn't work with angular momentum. [33:19] And there are a whole series of things. What about all the debris from the billions and billions of explosions that were not perfect? Where's that? I mean we should have been bombarded constantly by all this debris coming down. We're not seeing it."  [33:34]

[36:49] "How are flowers able to reproduce? Pollination. How does pollination occur? Bees and other creatures. Now according to evolution, plants came along before the bees. So how did the plants reproduce? ... [37:41] ... according to evolutionary model, you know we really came from an ameba. And amebas, they just like split and then there's two amebas. So it seems to me like according to evolutionary model you do things that are efficient. So rather than going out and looking for a mate you would just divide, and then there would be two of you. ... [38:16] But, you know, things are supposed to work in an efficient way, so according to the evolutionary model we would be less pugilistic, we would be much more logical, we would be much more creative, we wouldn't be going around fighting each other and cutting off people's heads anymore. Because that stuff would be extinguished and we would have evolved into something much better. According to the creation model, in which we have an adversary, it's very easy to explain why people act that way, it's because they have choice and because there is an adversary out there. [38:57]

[43:35] [Answering a child's question] "If you look at the geological layers, it makes perfectly good sense that that was done by a world wide flood. If you look at the fact that there are crustaceans on the top of the Andes mountains, it makes perfectly good sense that there was a flood. And you know, it is really a matter again of using the frontal lobes, analyzing the stuff, seeing how it compares to what God has said, and what man has said. You don't find inconsistencies with the way God said it, you find a lot with the way man has said it."

[45:07] [Answering a woman's question] "I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary [Satan], and it has become what is scientifically politically correct. Amazingly, there are a significant number of scientists who do not believe it but they are afraid to say anything."

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