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Author Topic:   Creationist problems with radiocarbon dating
Dr Adequate
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Message 107 of 194 (671428)
08-24-2012 11:55 PM
Reply to: Message 101 by David Carroll
08-24-2012 9:12 PM


Re: Philosophy?? Physics not metaphysics
Well, it's always possible to conjecture anything. We can certainly imagine that the Earth is young and that God did a series of miracles the cumulative effect of which was to fake the appearance of age.

Or indeed if it better suited our religion we could imagine that the Earth is trillions of years old, but God did a series of miracles to make it look younger than it actually is.

All we can do --- all scientists can do --- is report on the age of the Earth if the Earth is not a lie. If it is, and if the lie was constructed by an omnipotent being, then there would be nothing to say about that except that he has successfully deceived us.


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Dr Adequate
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Message 168 of 194 (684525)
12-17-2012 6:28 PM
Reply to: Message 165 by Percy
12-17-2012 2:03 PM


Re: Calibration of Radiocarbon Dating, an old earth, and calibrations
If you put intelligible English in then you get intelligible English out.

An elegant demonstration, but perhaps that's because it produced really execrable Russian as the intermediate step.


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