Why dna compromised radiometric dating

28 Aug

Over the years I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about radiometric dating techniques as compared to other means of estimating elapsed time.

But why is this topic so interesting and important for me?

Well, for many former and even current Seventh-day Adventists, radiometric dating of the rocks of the Earth presents a serious problem when compared to the apparent claims of the Bible regarding a literal 7-day creation week – and many have voiced such concerns over the years (Link).

After all, according to nearly all of the best and brightest scientists on the planet today, life has existed and evolved over many hundreds of of years. Their confidence is primarily based on the fact that radioactive elements decay or change into other elements at a constant and predictable clock-like rate.

Many of these lab tests, though, are decades old, ample time for forgers to study the science and incremental improvements, perfect new counter-measures, and game the system.

When the timepiece is turned over, sand grains fall from the top of the hourglass to the bottom.Curators weren’t fooled just because the paintings looked perfect.(In fact, his Vermeers looked decidedly imperfect.) They were fooled because the art passed a crude forensic sniff test: every detail was “period correct.” He tracked down 17th-century canvases and stretchers. And, in a stroke of OCD genius, he hand-ground exotic raw pigments following archaic formulas—no skimping allowed.As a licensed pilot and certified flight instructor, I’ve bet my life, and the life of my students and passengers that I know exactly how a given plane will perform under given circumstances: how much runway it will take to take off, fly a specified distance and land at another airport. What inputs it takes to recover from a stall (that’s not a reference to the engine by the way) and spins. Anyone who has flown in a plane is betting the science of flight is a “hard science” with consistent predictable results.On the other hand, would I bet my life on the supposed age of a rock, or fossil based on radiometric dating and the testimony of some Ph D scientists?