Uses of radioactive carbon dating

Radiocarbon dating has somehow avoided collapse onto its own battered foundation, and now lurches onward with feigned consistency.

The implications of pervasive contamination and ancient variations in carbon-14 levels are steadfastly ignored by those who base their argument upon the dates.

The carbon dioxide is absorbed by plants, and the plants are eaten by animals, thus contaminating every living thing on earth with radioactive carbon. As time passes, the C14 in its tissues is converted back into nitrogen.

If we know what the original ratios of C14 to C12 were in the organism when it died, and if we know that the sample has not been contaminated by contact with other carbon since its death, we should be able to calculate when it died by its C14 to C12 ratio.

Usually a proton is knocked out of the nitrogen atom's nucleus and is replaced with the neutron.

The proton takes an electron with it and becomes an atom of hydrogen.

They found large variations in the radiocarbon 'dates' of objects of known age sent to 38 radiocarbon 'dating' laboratories around the world.

Cosmic rays are positively charged atoms moving at enormous speeds.

Their results were 'two to three times less accurate than implied by the range of error they stated.' They thought the variations might have been caused by poor laboratory standards allowing contamination of the samples.

Some scientists believe the problem runs far deeper than this, as the following quote shows: In the light of what is known about the radiocarbon method and the way it is used, it is truly astonishing that many authors will cite agreeable determinations as "proof" for their beliefs...

...[Some authors have said] they were "not aware of a single significant disagreement" on any sample that had been dated at different labs.

Such enthusiasts continue to claim, incredible though it may seem, that "no gross discrepancies are apparent".

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