Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 16

In am oversimplified way, when I hear arguments like Dr. Ross’s for how we know we can trust radiometric dating, I think of opening a new watch and merely going off the time it already has on it. Is the watch set correctly? Did someone else tamper with the time before I got it? I can only know if it is accurate by testing it against a known accurate clock.
Likewise with radiometric dating, that gets known ages wrong.
Can/Could these dating methods be useful? Absolutely! If properly calibrated.

Daniel

ApoloJedi

MeasuringTime

The Reliability of Radiometric Dating

Radiometric dating is the death-knell for biblical creationism…Yes? Time and time again, the ages that are expected to be found by dating a fossil using radiometric extrapolations are confirmed with amazing precision…correct? Never have there been exceptions to finding the expected ages when using radiometric dating…right?

Let’s hear what Dr. Ross would have to say. On page 181, he gives a general explanation of how radiometric dating works:

Radiometric clocks operate on the principle of half-life decay. Radioactive isotopes disintegrate through time; that is, they decay into lighter elements.

Calling the assumption-filled extrapolation of radiometric dating a clock is as bit presumptuous since the “clock” routinely gives incorrect dates on known historical ages.

One of the premier examples is when rocks from the Mt. St. Helens eruption, which occurred in 1980, were radiometrically dated 10 years after the eruption, the results “dated” the…

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