Radio metric dating
For inorganic materials, such as rocks containing the radioactive isotope rubidium, the amount of the isotope in the object is compared to the amount of the isotope's decay products (in this case strontium).
I think one evening we were jumping topics from work to personal beliefs and somehow ended on this topic.
If that happens to be billions of years, then the young-Earth is in big trouble Him – well all that is fine but “you” do realize that the Bible says the earth was created 6000 years ago and we HAVE proof of the places referenced in the Bible. This got me thinking about beliefs and how people hold on to beliefs even in the face of overwhelming evidence.
The Old Testament was written around the 6th century B. It could be the age of the earth; the age of the universe; climate change; evolution; superstitious belief; the healing power of prayer…it does not matter if you have the knockdown evidence or proof. Carol Tavris in her speech on “Why we believe – Long after we shouldn’t” attributes this to the DISSONANCE THEORY which has three major biases: a) The bias we are unbiased is we feel that we have no biases in our beliefs and that our beliefs are solidly grounded on facts.
Generally applied to igneous rocks (those of volcanic origin), they measure the time since the molten rock solidified. Me – Well by that logic there are a couple of Indian Epics and Books (eg: Mahabharata and Vedas) that were written around the 1000 to 500 B. timeframe and reference events from more than 10,000 years ago that CAN ALSO be historically verified!
If that happens to be longer than 10,000 years, then the idea of a young-Earth is called into question. But that is where I lost him and I became painfully aware that I could not make him change his position.
any method of determining the age of earth materials or objects of organic origin based on measurement of either short-lived radioactive elements or the amount of a long-lived radioactive element plus its decay product.