Historical dating search
Recent research by a team of creation scientists known as the RATE (arth) group has demonstrated the unreliability of radiometric dating techniques.Even the use of isochron dating, which is supposed to eliminate some initial condition assumptions, produces dates that are not reliable.
When the fraction is decreasing, it’s hard to distinguish the new from the old; when the fraction is increasing rapidly, like in the past half-century, it’s much, much easier.Far from being data, these dates are actually interpretations of the data.As discussed before, the assumptions influence the interpretation of the data.A T-shirt made in 2050 could look exactly like one worn by William the Conqueror a thousand years earlier to someone using radiocarbon dating if emissions continue under a business-as-usual scenario.By 2100, a dead plant could be almost identical to the Dead Sea scrolls, which are more than 2,000 years old.Radiocarbon dating seizes on that fraction, which decreases over time, to estimate age. The problem is that the fraction can decrease not only as carbon-14 decays but also as normal carbon increases.
That is what is happening with the burning of fossil fuels, which are so old they do not contain any carbon-14.
There are three main assumptions that must be made to accept radiometric dating methods.
These must be accepted on faith in uniformitarian and naturalistic frameworks.
Heather Graven, the atmospheric scientist at the Imperial College London who wrote the paper, was surprised at how much emissions could “age” the atmosphere if pollution continues at its current rate.
“If you think of parts of the deep ocean that are quite old, that have been sequestered for thousands of years, in the business-as-usual scenario, then the atmosphere would have the same radiocarbon fraction as the oldest part of the ocean,” she said. It’s very, very low.” The risk to researchers is that the old could become indistinguishable from the new if it is artificially aged by extra atmospheric carbon.
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