Radiometric Dating is Pseudoscience

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so-called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

(1 Timothy 6:20-21) KJV

Radiometric dating is an example of inductive reductive circular reasoning. It requires the assumption that nuclear decay rates are constant and an unwarranted application of the half-life rate law to nuclear decay.

  1. Nuclear decay rates,
  2. the half-life rate law.

The Common Era began a little over 2,000 years ago, about 4,000 years after creation. At that time nuclear decay was the same rate as it is now. In 1896 AD radiation was discovered. All measurements of radiation have taken place since then. We have no data from before that time. This means that the hypothesis that nuclear decay has always been constant isn’t testable, therefore it’s unscientific.

A hypothesis (plural hypotheses) is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon. For a hypothesis to be a scientific hypothesis, the scientific method requires that one can test it.

– Hypothesis, definition

It’s important to understand a little bit about the context of history which generated a need for an experimental procedure which could make it look like the Earth was billions of years old. The idea that biological life could have evolved from simple forms to complex isn’t particularly new. As the theory developed, however, it became apparent that, based on observed rates of change which are incredibly slow, the time that it would take to go from primordial ooze to Homo sapiens was on the order of billions of years. Popular science (SciPop) had to come up with a way to make it look like the Earth really was that old. Radiometric dating was contrived around the premise that nuclear decay is constant, because that was the simple mathematical hack which made it possible to get “dates” from rocks which are much older than the Earth itself.

The featured image is an example of a cooling curve which, when applied to nuclear decay, means that decay could be initially rapid and still give us the measurements which we take today. All measurements of radioactivity, and thus the rate of nuclear decay, have taken place within the tiny red circle. This is why radiometric dating is pseudoscience. It doesn’t use just weights. It’s bogus pseudoscience.

Recently popular science (SciPop) has been fielding the idea that perhaps nuclear decay rates aren’t constant after all, probably because some soul who didn’t know better objectively evaluated the facts.

Radioactive Decay Rates May Not be Constant After All

One of the SciPop axioms is “radioisotopes have always decayed at a constant rate.” It’s an arbitrary contrivance.

The thing about SciPop is that it’s in continual flux. By contrast, the truth is absolute and unchanging. Consequently SciPop and truth are mutually exclusive. Oh, and radiometric dating is pseudoscience.

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