Re: [asa] Plot of radiometric dates

From: gordon brown <Gordon.Brown@Colorado.EDU>
Date: Thu Oct 30 2008 - 11:51:45 EDT

On Thu, 30 Oct 2008, Jon Tandy wrote:

> Years ago, about 1990, my parents attended a seminar by Hugh Ross.
> According to my recollection (which arguably could be incorrect) one of the
> points that they came back with was a claim that if you plot all the
> measured ages obtained from radiometric dating (or was it specifically
> Carbon-14 dating?) of various material and fossil samples, the measurements
> go back to around 2500 B.C., then suddenly shoot exponentially up into the
> millions of years. The implication was that something dramatically happened
> (i.e. worldwide flood?) at about that time which skewed the decay processes
> or our measurement of them, and thus reliance on those dating methods is
> questionable before that time.
> For those knowledgeable about RTB, is this something that was in the past
> taught by RTB? If so, is it still taught? More generally, is this a claim
> that anyone has run across, and what is its basis? I could provide several
> answers based on my knowledge of the processes involved, but I suspect the
> claim (if I'm remembering it anywhere close to accurately) is pretty well
> bogus.

This does not sound like Hugh Ross or RTB. In fact, it reminds me of YECs.
I think that the main place where Ross's views on dates differ from the
scientific consensus is in how far back in time our species goes, but he
seems to have have gradually over the years moved his date further back.
Note that I refer here only to his views on dates, not on method of

Gordon Brown (ASA member)

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