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Interesting facts about radiocarbon dating

All our calculations could be correct (observational science), but the result could be wrong.

Half-lives as measured today are very accurate, even the extremely slow half-lives.

Since we did not observe the initial conditions when the hourglass time started, we must make assumptions.

All three of these assumptions can affect our time calculations.

These types of rocks are comprised of particles from many preexisting rocks which were transported (mostly by water) and redeposited somewhere else. Atomic mass is the heaviness of an atom when compared to hydrogen, which is assigned the value of one. In beta decay, either an electron is lost and a neutron is converted into a proton (beta minus decay) or an electron is added and a proton is converted into a neutron (beta plus decay).

Types of sedimentary rocks include sandstone, shale, and limestone. In beta decay the total atomic mass does not change significantly.

However, rather than accept the biblical account of creation, many Christians have accepted the radioisotope dates of billions of years and attempted to fit long ages into the Bible.

The implications of doing this are profound and affect many parts of the Bible.

Determining how the environment might have affected a rock also falls under historical science. Since radioisotope dating uses both types of science, we can’t directly measure the age of something.