Radio metric dating
We typically have two options: Option-1 we accept new evidence and recalibrate our beliefs based on the new evidence OR Option-2: we deny the evidence and preserve the belief and as Carol Travis states in her talk, ” guess which one we choose”?
(Source – Changing beliefs by viewing conflicting viewpoints and evidence takes time and it is a long drawn process.
It is simply unreasonable to put together a 1 hr talk to the climate deniers and expect them to “convert” just based on the merits of the evidence. Cause if it was that easy they would have already done so….right??
We would not have a large swath of our county simultaneously holding conflicting beliefs.
Our conversation went like this: Me: You do realize that the earth is older than 6000 years and we have various methods to prove this. Him: Well, the jury is really out on Radio Carbon dating.
How can you date something that is millions of years and even billions of years old? It has been shown that RC dating is unreliable (and he rattles off a few recent Creationists sources).
If that happens to be billions of years, then the young-Earth is in big trouble Him – well all that is fine but “you” do realize that the Bible says the earth was created 6000 years ago and we HAVE proof of the places referenced in the Bible. This got me thinking about beliefs and how people hold on to beliefs even in the face of overwhelming evidence.
For example, creationist writer Henry Morris [Morris2000, pg.
Me: Umm I am hoping that you also realize that age of the earth is not determined by RC dating only.
There are a lot of other radioactive elements that are used for larger timescales that have proved with a relatively high consistency that the age of the earth is more than 4 billion years.
b) Better than Average Bias – also known as the “American Bias” i.e.
we are better, smarter and more successful than most people.any method of determining the age of earth materials or objects of organic origin based on measurement of either short-lived radioactive elements or the amount of a long-lived radioactive element plus its decay product.