Carson shows limited grasp of key concepts

To the editor:

Remarks by Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson call into question his grasp of some important concepts.

His comments about how Jews could have been saved if they had armed themselves against the Nazis shows a total misunderstanding of the Nazis' control of German life in the 1930s and 1940s. It was complete and brutal. See the letter to the editor dated Oct. 18, from Michael Symons of Otis for detailed information.

Dr. Carson admits his lack of knowledge of foreign affairs and states that as president he will surround himself with knowledgeable advisers to guide him. As a presidential candidate, now is the time to learn and give the nation some idea of his positions on foreign affairs. He has advisers now. He should use them.

Dr. Carson became terribly upset with the press for persistent scrutiny of his earlier life. As a candidate, he should have known that the press scrutinizes candidates' pasts to check accuracy and to check for potential sensational news. Many candidates have experienced the press's scrutiny.

Finally, Dr. Carson, an obviously intelligent person, managed to alienate a large part of the scientific community by calling the Theory of Evolution a fairy tale. This is insulting and degrading to the many prominent scientists all over the world who have shown an abundance of evidence that evolution is a viable scientific theory.


Those who wish to denigrate it as "just a theory" should be aware that any viable scientific theory contains many facts and a fact is an item of verifiable information. Our knowledge of the atom is theoretical; the atomic bomb and atomic energy are real based on theory. There are many facts in tested theories, and evolution is a tested theory.

I wonder if Dr. Carson believes that all of the more than 9.5 million species look now the way they did millions of years ago? To be sure, as he has said, the eye and the brain are extremely complex organs; but that does not preclude their having gone through changes over huge periods of time.

I wonder what Dr. Carson finds as a fairy tale in the concepts of the struggle for existence and the survival of the Fittest. If Dr. Carson is interested in fairy tales, I suggest he read the story of Noah and the Ark.

Bill Minardi Adams