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Problems with radiometric and carbon 14 dating

For potassium 40, the half-life is about 1.3 billion years.In general, in one half-life, half of the parent will have decayed.When it is stated that these methods are accurate to one or two percent, it does not mean that the computed age is within one or two percent of the correct age.

Even the creationist accounts that I have read do not adequately treat these issues.

For isochrons, which we will discuss later, the conditions are different.

If these conditions are not satisfied, the error can be arbitrarily large.

On the surface, radiometric dating methods appear to give powerful support to the statement that life has existed on the earth for hundreds of millions, even billions, of years.

We are told that these methods are accurate to a few percent, and that there are many different methods.

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