From: george murphy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>From this emphatic statement one would get the impression that you were
going to give a general proof that radioactive dating methods "MUST" assume
the antiquity of the earth. In reality do nothing of the kind, but instead
present one supposed anomaly. That is something quite different.
Whether it is one or one thousand, the issue remains the same.
> Whether or not radioactive dating always gives the correct answers,
whether it is always consistent with other dating methods, whether its
assumptions about constancy of decay rates or initial abundances, &c are
correct is not the issue.
>The question is, is the argument involved circular in the sense that one
has to assume that the ages involved are much greater than those assumed by
YECs in order to calculate the ages - whether those calculations agree with
the real age of the system or not. The answer is "No."
> You will probably want to deflect the argument to focus on your supposed
anomaly, ignoring all the cases in which various dating methods consistently
give ages much greater than those believed by YECs and the fact that no
recognized scientific methods give ages of the earth on the age of 10^4
years. But that has nothing to do with the logic of the argument.
Sorry, you missed the point completely. It has nothing to do whether I (in
my Creationary Catastrophist paradigm) agree with the computed dates or not.
The point is that computed dates are accepted by Evolutionary geologists
only when it is first assumed that the rock is old enough to be as old as
the dates. The rejection of the computed dates for the Uinkaret Plateu lava
was by Evolutionary geologists not Creationary Catastrophists (although we
would concure). That rejection was based solely on the assumption that the
rock could not be as old as the radiometric dates indicated. On the other
hand, even the acceptance of computed dates for other rock systems by
Evolutionary geologists is based solely on the fact that rock is assumed to
be old first. This is the situation for the acceptance or rejection of ALL
This is nothing more than simple logic. If we know that a rock is young, no
computed date which says otherwise has any meaning. If we know that a rock
is old, no computed date which says otherwise has any meaning. The knowing
comes first. The knowing does not come from computed dates.
The circular logic comes, just as Curt says, when an accepted computed date
is said to prove the age of the rock, or when a rejected computed date is
said to disprove the age of a rock.
> > The Tablet theory (the idea that literary structural evidence in Genesis
> > parallels literary structures of writings from the same era (and before)
> > Moses) is based on solid archaeological evidence. While such a whacked
> > out delusion as the JEPD (or what-ever) theory was developed from an
> > anthropological theory (that the concept of a Supreme God was the final
> > religious stage evolving from polytheistic spiritism) that was disproven
> > and discarded over three quarters of a century ago.
> This last sentence is a perfect illustration of the orator's
maxim, "Argument weak here - shout like hell!"
Or, if the audience is deft
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