Dr. Carson on Evolution: ‘No One Has Ever Demonstrated One Species Changing to Another Species’

Michael W. Chapman | November 4, 2015 | 1:03pm EST
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Dr. Ben Carson.  (AP)

Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon, a member of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and the author of six best-selling books, criticized Darwin’s theory of evolution by noting that “no one has ever demonstrated one species changing to another species.”

He added that if the theory were true, we should be able “to find intermediate species at any given point in time” and follow the “fossil trail and see how everything evolved,” from single-cell organisms to man, but that trail is not there. 

“I submit that changes can occur within a species,” said Dr. Carson in a 2011 speech at the Celebration of Creation conference, as reported by the Adventist News Network.  “But is that a sign of evolution, or is it a sign of an intelligent creator who gave his creatures the ability to adapt to their environment so he wouldn’t have to start over every 50 years? You know, that sounds much more intelligent than anything else.”

“And no one has ever demonstrated one species changing to another species,” said Dr. Carson.  “This should be, if it’s true, a continual evolving. So we should be able to find intermediate species at any given point in time. We should be able to find how they line up.”

He continued, “Darwin said his whole theory depended on the fossil remains. 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.”

“He [Darwin] said the only reason they didn’t have the fossils was because they were not geologically sophisticated enough, but that we would be in 50 to 100 years,” said Dr. Carson.  Well, that was 150 years ago. We still haven’t found them. Where are they? Where are the fossil remains?”

Carson continued, “When you ask the evolutionists about that, they say,  ‘Uh, I don’t know where they are, they’re somewhere, they are, we just haven’t found them yet.’ That’s a pretty lame excuse, to be honest with you.”

Charles Darwin.  (AP)

Earlier in his remarks, Dr. Carson said, “Many people don’t know this but Charles Darwin actually started out in the seminary to become a man of the cloth. He had some experiences with God that didn’t go his way, like his 10-year-old daughter who died of pneumonia despite his pleas.”

Ben Carson, 64, was educated at Yale University and the University of Michigan. He was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was also a professor of oncology and pediatrics.

In 2004, Carson served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and in 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2010, Dr. Carson was elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, considered one of the most prestigious honors in medicine.

Dr. Carson is married (Lacena “Candy” Carson) and has three sons. He is a contender for the Republican nomination for president.

His latest book, co-written with his wife, is entitled, A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties. 

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