Radiometric dating – the other side of the story

I thought readers of this blog might be interested in the other side of the story for radiometric dating.

Radiometric dating is often used to “prove” rocks are millions of years old. Once you understand the basic science, however, you can see how wrong assumptions lead to incorrect dates.

Most people think that radioactive dating has proven the earth is billions of years old. Yet this view is based on a misunderstanding of how radiometric dating works.

Article 1 (given below) explains how scientists observe unstable atoms changing into stable atoms in the present.
Article 2 explains how scientists run into problems when they make assumptions about what happened in the unobserved past.
Article 3 attempts to make sense of the patterns we observe in the world around us.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v4/n3/radiometric-dating
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v4/n4/assumptions
http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v5/n1/patterns

Interesting assumptions that are made in radiometric dating:

1. The original number of unstable atoms can be known. Scientists assume how many unstable (parent) atoms existed at the beginning based on how many parent and daughter atoms are left today.

2. The rate of change was constant. Scientists assume that radioactive atoms have changed throughout time, ignoring the impact of Creation or changes during Noah’s Flood.

3. The daughter atoms were all produced by radioactive decay. Scientists assume that no outside forces, such as flowing groundwater, contaminated the sample.

I found reading through the above very interesting and convicting (I had to refresh my memory of high school chemistry!), backing up the trustworthiness of the Bible.

I hope you find it interesting too.

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