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Is Potassium-Argon Dating Reliable?

Aug 27, 2008
When compared to real science, radiometric (also called radioisotope) dating methods used by Darwinian scientists fall far short of being scientific. Many wild guesses are made which corrupt the reliability of the radioisotope dating techniques.

Bear in mind that these radioisotope dating methods are not a measure of time; but rather a method of accounting for the amount of radioactive decay that has occurred within a certain type of radioactive element.

For example, consider Potassium-Argon (Ar-K) dating.

It is a scientific fact that Potassium 40 decays into Argon 40. It is also a scientific fact that a scientist trained to work with radiometric dating techniques can grind up a rock and very accurately measure the amount of potassium 40, and the amount of Argon 40, that is contained in the rock sample that he or she is working with.

These are plain and simple scientific facts that can be tested, observed, studied and repeated. It is also a plain and simple fact that this is where the science comes to an end with regard to the radiometric dating methods.

At this point in time, to derive the age of the rock based on the amount of radioactive decay which has occurred, several wild guesses, which are referred to as assumptions, must be made. It is these assumptions that completely corrupt the integrity of the radiometric dating methods.

The following examples point out major faults with Potassium-Argon dating:

Example No. One:

A scientist using the radiometric dating methods in order to ascertain the age of a rock must assume that the rate of decay from Potassium 40 to Argon 40 has always remained the same. Since no one was there to test, study or observe that the rate of decay has always been the same, this single wild guess, if incorrect, will cause the supposed age obtained by this particular dating method to be off by millions or billions of years.

Example No. Two:

A scientist using the radiometric dating methods in order to derive the age of a rock must assume that there was not any Argon 40 in the rock when the rock first formed. Since no one was there to test, study or observe that there was not any Argon 40 in the rock when the rock first formed, this single wild guess, if incorrect, will cause the supposed age obtained by this particular dating method to be off by millions or billions of years.

Example No. Three:

A scientist using the radiometric dating methods in order to get an age to assign to a rock must assume that the rock was never contaminated with either Potassium 40 or with Argon 40. In other words, everyone is supposed to believe that this rock laid there for millions or billions of years and was never contaminated by the elements being measured. We are to blindly trust that the rock never lost or gained either Potassium 40 or Argon 40. Since Argon 40 is a gas that can easily pass from one rock to the next this is an incredulous assumption, especially since it is well documented that heat, pressure, earthquakes and moisture can all cause contamination to occur.

As in the previous two examples, since no one was there to test, study or observe that the rock was never contaminated with either Potassium 40 or with Argon 40, this single wild guess, if incorrect, will cause the supposed age obtained by this particular dating method to be off by millions or billions of years.

These three wild guesses alone reveal the corruption involved in the radioisotope dating techniques. These methods are completely unreliable when used to obtain the age of any particular rock.
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Russ Miller is author of The GENESIS Report Series. Register at http://www.new-earth-thought.com to receive FREE his 50 Facts vs. Darwinism e-mail series.
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