This Video of Ben Carson Explaining the Brain Is Mind-Blowing

The GOP 2016 contender can win the next debate by repeating this performance.

<a href=http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/GOP-2016-Carson/75623bfcf1954752b5f8419c982ed89e/40/0>Carlos Osorio</a>/AP

For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.

 

There is much that is impressive about Ben Carson. His rags-to-riches personal history. His medical accomplishments as a neurosurgeon. He is a best-selling author and a public speaker who draws substantial fees for his appearances. In the TV movie based on his life, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the lead role. Carson certainly has won over many Republican voters: As a political novice now seeking the GOP presidential nomination, he routinely places in the top three in the GOP polls, mostly due to support from evangelicals. And when it comes to the brain, he knows his stuff.

Take a gander at this remarkable video of Carson explaining how the brain functions when mounting a simple task.

Carson did this incredible riff during a speech in which he was defending creationism. He has long been a foe of evolution and a passionate advocate for the view that God created the world and all its creatures in six days.

What’s intriguing about Carson is how he deploys his scientific knowledge to try to disprove the science of evolution. The point of his rap about the brain was to show that there is no way that such an intricate and amazing organ—look at those frontal lobes!—could have come into existence as the product of natural selection; it had to be the work of a higher and purposeful force. That is, God.

Carson, a devout member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, quietly soared to the top of the GOP pack due to his appeal to social conservatives, but he may be able to reach out to other GOP voters by demonstrating his in-depth understanding of the brain. If he were to repeat his performance about how the brain works at the next Republican debate, Carson would indubitably wow the crowd. Even Donald Trump might be left speechless (for a brief moment). Carson would make the other candidates look like pikers. (No doubt, some rapper would subsequently sync it to a rhythm track.) And his stock among Republicans would go higher.

Especially among those social conservatives who get the message.

 

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate