I was thinking about this, when someone in that dating forum said that Creationists don't have our own dating methods, and it occurred to me that the one that makes most sense is extrapolate back in time using things, or factors, that make sense today, and see where they stop making sense. I'm talking stuff like gravity, the solar wind eroding the atmosphere, the moon's orbit, and the like.
Most of all, what comes to mind for me is the speed of light. Its speed has been observed to be slowing consistently since first observed in the 19th century, (as has the rate with which it's done so) and beyond that, I think it's pretty clear that it's aging on a curved, non-linear line, and as the present is the key to the past, we can presume it aged in the same way long before contemporary scientists started measuring it.
The question is, just how steep was the curve? Do we know enough to chart its trajectory? Millions of years ago, even if we extrapolate linearly, the effects of light from yesterday must not be the same as today. Light from distant stars back then, which take thoasands of years to get here would not have needed to, would they? How quickly are we talking? What would be the other effects? How about on life, here? In a younger, more energized light, just what would all the differences be?
Can we collaborate our measurements of light with other forms of energy, and see if we can't find corroborating evidence? Has gravity weakened over time, like light? How about electricity? How strong would it be, compared with today, millions of years ago? Would it make sense? Why, why not?
Basically, when did the Point of Erosion start? Where does math, observation, and common sense best point towards? (I would expect creationists and evolutionists to differ in their assumptions, but I think this is an interesting question.)
PS: I was debating in another forum, and wanted to learn more about current dating methods. I was arguing elsewhere with someone, and as a result, I am looking for evidence against current dating techniques. If someone could send me some links, or point me to a book or two, that would be nice, but also, if you wish to point me in the direction of stuff refuting that, I will be open to such, also.
After googling around a bit, it seems Noitartst is referring to this:
The concept of c-decay was first proposed by Barry Setterfield in 1981 in an article for the Australian creationist magazine, Ex Nihilo. He selected a number of historical measurements of c starting with the original measurement by Ole Rmer in 1667, and proceeding through a series of more recent experiments, culminating in "modern" measures in the 1960s. These showed a decreasing speed over time, which Setterfield claimed was in fact an exponential decay series that implied an infinite speed in the not distant past. The claim was later expanded to cover an apparent similar decay of several other physical constants.
That refutes the entire notion that the speed of light is slowing, a creationist argument that is "based on gross misinterpretations of inaccurate data" (from the article linked).
As an interesting aside... "Setterfield's hypothesis was so lacking in plausibility that even the Institute for Creation Research rejected it. (Acts and Facts, June 1988, G. Aardsma)" (also from the linked article).
Thanks for the querying attitude, but I find it disconcerting that you are actively seeking evidence to refute current dating methods, before even trying to learn about those dating methods and how they have come about. This demonstrates that you've already made up your mind, and wish now to cherry pick from the existing pool of knowledge anything that might support your world view.
I'd encourage you to read the MANY fact laden posts in the "Dates and Dating" Science forum, which is not to be confused with the "Seeking a Date" forum to be found on another website.
There is also the fact that the speed of light is an intrinsic part of the relationship between mass and energy made famous by Einstein's equation E=mc^2. If the speed of light was that much greater in the past then so too was the amount of energy produced per unit mass in the center of stars. This has very obvious consequences. If c-decay is true then we should see stars that deviate greatly from what physics predicts, but we don't. Not only that, but this also indicates that the decay of isotopes on Earth in the past was much, much more energetic leading to massive increases in both radiation damage and the overall temperature of Earth.
Needless to say, creationists have not thought this one through very well. The consequences of an increase in c is the utter destruction of all life on Earth, not to mention stars across the galaxy.
Taq writes: Needless to say, creationists have not thought this one through very well. The consequences of an increase in c is the utter destruction of all life on Earth, not to mention stars across the galaxy.
The "fine tuning, therefore God" creationists, and the "physical constants have been decaying since the fall" creationists should get together and exchange notes.
How do you know E=mc^2 millennia ago? Were you there? Did you conduct any experiments? Was Einstein there?
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Most of all, what comes to mind for me is the speed of light. Its speed has been observed to be slowing consistently since first observed in the 19th century, (as has the rate with which it's done so) ...
You're wrong about everything, including your claim that the speed of light was "first observed in the 19th century".
Which leads me to wonder --- exactly how long did you spend trying to check whether what you wrote was true before you posted it? It would have taken mere seconds to google on such phrases as "measurement of the speed of light" and find out about the history of such measurements. It's not as though they're a big secret.
Here's some historical measurements of the speed of light.
Cherry-pick the right ones and you could pretend it's slowing down. Cherry-pick the right ones and you could pretend it's speeding up. In both cases, you'd have to ignore the inaccuracies inherent in the measurements.
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Ruguo the speed of light is much greater in the past, then that is the star center of the amount of energy produced per unit mass. This has been very clear consequences. If C - decay is true, then we should see the stars, a significant departure from the physical prediction, but we do not.
I would like to point out a few things. I am a creationist, by the way.
First of all, if the speed of light was decreasing, we would eventually not be able to see it. (Meaning that it disappears)
Have you heard of the Carmeli-Hartnett Cosmological Model? It explains this problem quite easily (For those who don’t know, Carmeli proposed this as an alternative to FL models, only Hartnett’s version is creationist.)
Re: Present is key to the past. This assumes that everything has a constant. Example, that if something is decaying at such a rate now, it was decaying at such a rate before. Extrapolation this is. One should not use extrapolation, it relies too much on assumptions.
I love Yoda. He’s cool. Although Kal Skirata didn’t think so...But that’s off topic.
quote: So, presumably you tie yourself to the bed every night, in case gravity reverses direction while you're asleep and you fall up and break your neck on the ceiling. Or do you just reject the use of "extrapolation" (or "the scientific method" as the rest of us call it) when it leads to answers you don't like?
I do not get you tie to the bed analogy. Can you explain? The scientific method is not extrapolation. 1. to infer (an unknown) from something that is known;conjecture. 2. Statistics . to estimate (the value of a variable) outside thetabulated or observed range. 3. Mathematics . to estimate (a function that is known over arange of values of its independent variable) to values outsidethe known range.
I guess you know what the scientific method is. What I’m saying is that extrapolation does not always lead to the correct answers. Perhaps the curve is like a rate of reaction-substrate concentration graph shape?