Marvin Lubenow gives a good description of the ten years of controversy surrounding the dating of this skull.4 In the first attempt at dating the KBS Tuff, Fitch and Miller analyzed the raw rocks, and got dates ranging from 212 to 230 MY-the Triassic period, vastly older than expected.Because mammal bones had been found below this stratum, they said these dates were obviously in error because of “the possible presence of extraneous argon derived from inclusions of pre-existing rocks.” Even though the rock looked good, anything older than 5 MY was obviously wrong in view of their knowledge of the “sequence of evolutionary development.” Meanwhile a team from the University of California at Berkeley, led by G. Curtis, analyzed several KBS pumice rocks and found some that were around 1.6 MY and some that were about 1.8 MY.” The only answer to that question is that “good” samples give dates that are in accord with evolutionary presuppositions.“Bad” samples are the ones that give dates not in conformity with evolutions classic illustration of circular reasoning.5 Grand Canyon Dating Creationists have criticized many aspects of dating rocks by radioactivity, but have offered little real proof that the method is flawed.Other measurements, some as low as 0.5 MY, were said to be anomalously young.These were explained as possible overprinting by an alkaline-rich hot water infusion.
This statement – that radiometric dates are “corrected” by reference to evolution-based index fossils – is hotly contested, but examination of the technical literature shows that it is true, in spite of what elementary textbooks say. Documented Discrepancies The general public believes that radiometric results are consistent and thus demonstrably reliable. John Woodmorappe did an extensive literature search, looking at 445 technical articles from 54 reputable geochronology and geology journals.1 These reports listed over 350 dates, measured by radiometric methods, that conflicted badly with the ages assigned to fossils found in these same strata.
Most people, even the experts in the field, forget the assumptions on which radiometric dating is based.
Radioactive Dating There are basically two different kinds of radioactive dating methods.
Certainly the majority of scientists accept radiometric dating.
And yet, there is really no scientific reason proving that radiometric dating is correct, and a number of evidences showing that it doesn’t work. We’ll find that faith in materialism, and rejection of any supernatural activity, is the foundation stone of radiometric analysis, even before any measurements are made.
It furnishes some good evidences that creationists often use.