Radiometric dating methods are completely unreliable

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This swimmer is competing in a 1,500 metre race and we have an accurate, calibrated wristwatch.We note that at the instant the swimmer touches the edge of the pool our wristwatch reads and 53 seconds.You could describe the atomic workings of the quartz oscillator and how it resonates at a specific and highly stable frequency, and how this is used to accurately pace a timekeeping mechanism.But without reliable witnesses the accuracy of the watch makes no difference.During the race you have to watch the swimmer and count how many laps he has swum so you know that he has done 1,500 metres.And you have to check to make sure he touches the edge at the end of each lap.You can only establish the time for the race if it was timed by two or more qualified eyewitnesses who observed the start, the progress and the finish.

When I have asked an audience this question they have looked at me incredulously and said, “Starting time?If you check this educational page by the US Geological Society you will see that they spend all their time talking about the technicalities of radioactive decay.But they do not even mention the basic problem that you cannot know the radioactive concentrations that existed in the rock in the past.It would make no difference how accurate or high-tech the wristwatch was.You could talk about the tiny quartz crystal and the piezoelectric effect used to provide a stable time base for the electronic movement.

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