Used to estimate the age of ancient artifacts and human and animal remains, radiocarbon dating is regarded by many as one of the miracles of modern science.
Some, however, have serious doubts about the credibility of this technique.
Just because there are some inherent flaws doesnt mean you should discount all use of the science in dating, which this author is trying to do.
An example might be, The earth is APPROXIMATELY 4 and a half billion years old.
I was simply putting out there a thought of "what if" carbon dating was NOT accurate afterall. I have recently read where DNA testing might be flawed as well. I do wonder why some methods and/or theories are accepted with such authority and people that question it are ridiculed. In my post to Annie, I state clearly, "I DO NOT KNOW THE AGE OF THE EARTH." shoopie, you know what.... Annie, I believe you are overstating when you say I have harrangued as long as you have known me.
Why is it so taboo to consider a scientific method could be flawed. I do not believe the Bible teaches me the age of the earth. shoopie, why would you ask that given my post to Annie. I was simply putting out there a thought of "what if" carbon dating was NOT accurate afterall. I have recently read where DNA testing might be flawed as well.
Radiocarbon dating works by comparing the amount of normal carbon that is found in a sample with the amount of radioactive carbon.
Both carbon and radioactive carbon are found in every living organism.While carbon is quite prevalent in these organisms, radioactive carbon is present only in tiny amounts.Some contend that the relative ratios of carbon and radioactive carbon that are found on the earth have remained constant over time and that, using known rates of decay; we can estimate age on the basis of changes in this ratio in a particular artifact or remains.Because this break down occurs at a known rate it is theoretically possible to compare the amount of regular carbon and the amount of radioactive carbon and estimate just how long an organism has been dead.Although the theory of radiocarbon dating is interesting, there are several inherent problems with the process.Carbon dating is used as an approximation, not meant to be exact.