Creationist explanation carbon dating
As an ongoing theme for this site, I will be addressing claims against evolution, this is one of the reasons I call the blog Danthropology, not only is it the greatest pun you have ever heard, but I am an anthropology major, more importantly, evolutionary anthropology.
So I take great interest when creationists like those at Answers in Genesis present their “facts” for creationism, and like the gift horse they are, they keep on giving.
This is not actually how science works, but it’s cute to watch them try.
The original issue was actually raised by Carl Sagan and George Mullen in 1972, because studying sun like stars shows that the sun should get brighter and hotter over time, but the earth’s geological record shows a rather steady temperature with the exception of one really cold phase.
The earth’s record may not be perfect, and if it was, geologists could just go home, but we have enough evidence and understanding to have a very good grasp about on what the geological record says.
So again, no young earth evidence.3 Soft Tissue in Fossils Ask the average layperson how he or she knows that the earth is millions or billions of years old, and that person will probably mention the dinosaurs, which nearly everybody “knows” died off 65 million years ago. Mary Schweitzer, however, has given reason for all but committed evolutionists to question this assumption. Schweitzer’s discovery, as remarkable as it is, is also fully explained, and our previous thought about how long tissue can last has shifted since discovering this.
Creationists think you should see the layers of rock like those of a cake, all over the earth, and apparently if there is any bending, that is proof the earth is young. No one expects there to be an unbroken record of the earth as creationists are claiming must exist for the earth to be over 4 billion years old, so the claim they are making is very misleading from the start. Tiscareno again: Deposited layers can be later eroded away or destroyed in other ways, and drought can prevent layers from being deposited at all for long periods of time.
However, the above statement is very misleading in that it insinuates that the geologic column is somehow a “figment of the evolutionist’s imagination.” The truth is that the geologic records all over the world are very well correlated with each other, not only with stratigraphy (i.e., which layer overlies which layer) and fossils, but with paleomagnetism, radiometric dating, and many other important factors, all of which fit together remarkably well.
The decrease measured in the past few hundred years, therefore, is nothing more than a downward trend as part of an overall fluctuation, and has no implication for the age of the Earth.”6 Helium in Radioactive Rocks During the radioactive decay of uranium and thorium contained in rocks, lots of helium is produced.This process moves at about an inch or two per year, so the average age of the ocean floor is in fact a few tens of millions of years, and thus the result is completely consistent with old-Earth science.In many mountainous areas, rock layers thousands of feet thick have been bent and folded without fracturing.5 Rapidly Decaying Magnetic Field The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that protects living things from solar radiation. That’s why scientists were surprised to discover that the field is quickly wearing down.At the current rate, the field and thus the earth could be no older than 20,000 years old.