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Carbon dating has a circular logic that tries to prove archeology with geology then geology with archeology. It is unreliable considering +or- 1 million years to be good. If carbon dating is what you are basing your agnostic beliefs on then you should reconsider

rwluke, Rapture Ready 6 Comments [2/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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Cynic

Erm you really know nothing about particle and radiation physics do you? As someone who does, i can tell you that carbon 14 dating uses a radioactive isotope found in all living things that contines to decay after the animal/plant has expired. Using the known and proven halflife of this isotope, scientists can identify to a degree when the sample was originally created (e.g. born).
The fact that radioactive decay is 100% random means that it can only be given to a certain degree based on the halflife. In short; Large halflife = Less accuracy. Nowhere however is geology involved as there is no carbon 14 in naturally occuring rocks. Fossils however do, and even with the +/- 1000000 years diffence, it is still enough to give undisputable evidence that there are things that have lived long long before the Bible claimed that the world was created.
If blind ignorance is what you are basing your ignorant beliefs on then you should reconsider.

3/19/2007 12:08:26 AM

JP

\"Christianity has a circular logic that tries to prove God with the Bible, then the Bible with God. It is unreliable considering all the contradictions. If the Bibleis what you are basing your religious beliefs on, then you should reconsider\"

3/20/2007 9:06:44 PM

Quantum Mechanic

Fail physics much?

9/13/2012 1:54:32 PM



No it doesnt.
No its not.
No.

Carbon dating only is good to about 35,000 years. The error bars can be fairly small.

Other radiometric dating methods are good to billions of years and may have +- 1 million year variations but 3.2billion +1 1 million is not bad.


9/13/2012 4:44:23 PM

Sharon Young

I base my agnostic beliefs on the unknowability of any God or Gods, and that's about it.

9/13/2012 5:22:08 PM

Quantum Mechanic

A clue.
Buy one.

7/18/2013 7:34:21 AM
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