by Matt Sitman

Scott Galupo holds up the latest right-wing folk hero, Dr. Ben Carson, as an example of it. How Galupo reconciles Carson’s brilliance as a neurosurgeon with his creationist views:

For the vast majority of human beings, even modern cosmopolitan professionals, beliefs about the geologic timescale, the processes of biological adaptation, paleontology, cosmology, etc. exist comfortably outside the scope of their core competencies. I get twitchy when scientific illiteracy creeps into the top ranks of our political class, but, at the same time, I’m forced to recognize that a country in which only four in 10 people believe in theory of evolution seems to function pretty well on an everyday basis.