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First take/pyramids

It's not directly relevant to the 2016 presidential race, but it does indicate the nature of the mental processes of a major candidate. The candidate is Republican Ben Carson, and the statement about the great pyramids in Egypt is this: “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.” The only real-world statement in all that is "all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves," and they have reason for that: What was found inside. And what was found inside doesn't allow storage space for grain. And the massive scope of the project, over a long period of time, precludes a single person such as Joseph (of the Bible) being behind their construction, and almost requires that the actors be the kings of Egypt (the pharaohs). What does it say about the mental processes of this candidate that he has to make this kind of leap, over the long-standing judgment (which he acknowledges) of professionals who have studied the matter for so many years? Nothing good, when you're talking about a candidate for a job who would be reliant on assessing the professional views of people who know more than he could about the specifics of making the country work. You could fairly put this bit of pyramid power in the category (all by itself) of a disqualifier from the presidency. - rs (photo)