Carbon dating is often criticized in creationist circles as unreliable. I believe this is due to some cases in which the method yielded results that were later effectively disputed possibly because the carbon dating made a constant cosmic ray flux assumption , but I don't know enough about this to be sure. I think it would be a valuable addition to this article if some mention of these arguments were made, preferably with counterarguments. Anyone more knowledgable than I am willing to take this up?
Does carbon dating prove the earth is millions of years old?
The Age of the Earth - Radiocarbom Dating as a Current Scientific Clock: Jonathan Ring
Seventy years ago, American chemist Willard Libby devised an ingenious method for dating organic materials. His technique, known as carbon dating, revolutionized the field of archaeology. Now researchers could accurately calculate the age of any object made of organic materials by observing how much of a certain form of carbon remained, and then calculating backwards to determine when the plant or animal that the material came from had died. An isotope is a form of an element with a certain number of neutrons, which are the subatomic particles found in the nucleus of an atom that have no charge.
The topic of radiometric dating and other dating methods has received some of the most vicious attacks by young earth creation science theorists. However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit. Radiometric dating remains a reliable scientific method. To broaden your learning experience, we provide links to resources on other old earth websites, noted below by this graphic - Article Submission Policy. Roger Wiens.
Carbon dating , also known as radiocarbon dating, is a scientific procedure used to date organic matter. It depends upon the radioactive decay of carbon C 14 , an unstable isotope of carbon which is continually synthesized in the upper atmosphere by cosmic rays. Plants take up atmospheric C 14 for as long as they live, through the process of photosynthesis. Animals take up atmospheric C 14 indirectly, by eating plants or by eating other animals that eat plants.