Architecture. Pyramids. Grain stores. I know it is a long way away from Wellington Architecture and Urbanism, but we do have a link – we have a Pyramid in Civic Square (sort of), so I reckon we can stretch the bounds of reason to get in a story about this.

The stupidity of the average American public amuses the heck out of me, no end. On the other hand, the stupidity of the American politicians being put forward by the Republicans scares the heck out of me. The boufant-headed buffoon that is the Trump is bad enough, although as a joke candidate he has surely passed his Use-By date. But now the poor old American public – and by association, the world, has a new buffoon to deal with. But it is surely stretching the bounds of credulity to believe, in any way or form, that you could be President of the United States of America, with a view as stupid as this 1998 one by Republican hopeful Presidential candidate Ben Carson: I laughed – until I cried….

“My own personal theory, is that Joseph built the pyramids, in order to store grain. Now, all the archaeologists think that they were made for the Pharoahs’ graves, but, you know, it would have to be something awfully big, when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it would just disappear over the course of time, to store that much grain, and when you look at the way the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed… various scientists have said that alien beings have came down, and they had special knowledge, and that’s how.. you know, it doesn’t require a special knowledge when God is with you…”

Listen and watch…
and more recently, in 2015, he foolishly repeated the claim:

“Yes, that is still my opinion. The pyramids were made in a way with hermetically sealed compartments, and you wouldn’t need hermetically sealed compartments for a sepulchre (???), but you would need hermetically sealed compartments if you wanted to store grain for a period of time…”

That’s the danger right there, of commenting on things that you know absolutely nothing about, and also the dire problem of refusing to admit when you are clearly, 100% wrong. The same problem, right now, in fact, with our very own political airheads John Key and David Carter, who keep refusing to understand that they have screwed up in a very big way. But: back to the pyramids.

Thing one: the Pyramids are very big.
Thing two: the Pyramids are almost entirely solid.
Thing three: there is no room inside to store grain.

Sorry, I just can’t stop laughing. Yes, it is true that if you pour grain into a pile, it makes a sort of pyramid-ish shape (actually, no, it makes a cone), but really, that anyone could even think, for more than two seconds, about the ridiculousness of this statement, and believe it to be possibly true, smacks of two things:
One – pure ignorance.
Two – pure religious blindness to the bleeding obvious.

Now, I’m a reasonable person. I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled, and gone to Egypt, and climbed up, over, and inside the Pyramids, which clearly Dr Carson hasn’t. So I can forgive Ben for his comment if it is down to pure ignorance, despite his evident high wage packet and brilliant medical mind.

But the problem is that the reason he thinks, as he does, is that this view has been stated before, and is “justified” by passages in the Bible. Genesis 41-42 states:
“Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” source: Bible

Doesn’t mention anything about the building of the largest stone buildings the world has ever seen, or how this project probably took a lifetime (and many lives) to build. Apparently this positing of the pyramids as a possible place for grain storage was around in the Middle Ages – also known as the Dark Ages, ie Dark from lack of knowledge… And so, in the same way that the Right wing seem incapable of choosing a sensible person for potential government in some electorates (John Banks, John Palino, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, etc), the supply of idiots fronting up for electoral office knows no lower limits. I just can’t believe that Carson’s credibility has not sunk to Zero overnight – I’d like to think that the NZ public would react that way, if we had someone similarly stupid run for office. But I’m not holding my breath….

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