I appreciate this neurologist’s take on Carson on Daily Kos (because WHYYYYYYY is he still in the race!).
First, he defines what it is to be smart:
“‘Smart’ is a multifaceted cognitive feature composed of excellent analytical skills, possession of an extensive knowledge base that is easily and frequently augmented, possession of a good memory, and being readily curious about the world and willing, even eager, to reject previously accepted notions in the face of new data. Being smart includes having the ability to analyze new data for validity and, thinking creatively, draw new insights from existing common knowledge.”
And then he says: “I can assure you, Dr. Ben Carson does not meet the above criteria.”
The doctor/writer suggests journalists stop starting their pieces on Carson mentioning how he’s smart (obviously, since he’s a neurosurgeon) and skip straight to what they really want to say, which is that he’s not. (Hello, grain silo pyramids.) He explains that to get through the training to be a neurosurgeon a person must be “disciplined, have immense ego strength, a reasonably good memory, and have mental and physical stamina,” but actually being smart isn’t required. (Carson is religious & has a painting of himself sitting at the right hand of Jesus, so ego? CHECK.)
The whole piece is a good read. (And I hope Carson takes a drastic dive in the polls any minute now.)