Those who have ears, let him hear. This is how Carbon Dating is supposed to work: Carbon dating was not invented until 1949, in the last 60 years. So, when they started telling the kids the earth was billions of years old back in 1830, they did not tell them that because of Carbon dating. They never thought of Carbon dating, its never been herd of. Why were they teaching the earth was billions of years old 180 years ago ? Only because they needed billions of years to make there theory look good. That's why. If I told you a frog could turn into a prince if you kissed it, you'd say that's just a fairy tale. But if I told you a frog could turn into a prince if you wait billions of years, ahhh maybe so...ahh. Now it becomes believable to kids. No. It's still a fairy tale. What a stupid Idea. The geological column is where it all started. The earth was divided up into layers. Each layer was assigned a name and an index fossil. Then they, to prove these layers are old, picked numbers out of the clear blue sky and any dating method that comes along now HAS TO MATCH the geological column, or it is rejected. (the column is the evolution bible). Only because the column has been taught for 180 years now. So surely it's true ? No. Just because it has been taught for 180 years does not make it true, but this is the logic scientist have. We know that the geological column is established so all dates have to match this or we toss them all out. And the testing will continue until it does match. They might have to test a sample 5 or 6 times until the get the number they want. How do they know any of them are right then ? If you're getting a different number every time. O'rourke, J.E - Pragmatism Materialism in Stratigraphy- American Journal of Science Vol. 276 Ageriderk V. - Fossils Frustrations - New Scientist Vol 100 They don't date the fossils by Carbon dating, they date them by their geological column position. Here is what happens: The earths atmosphere is about 100 miles thick. A space shuttle to get outside its friction has to get up about 100 miles out of the air. If you look at the atmosphere, it has different layers. It has a heat sink, where it gets very cold up about 7-8 miles up, like 80-100 below zero. The earths atmosphere contains mostly nitrogen (78%), 21% oxygen and a little Co2 for the plants to breath. And there is a tiny bit of Radio Active Carbon (C14), about .0000765%. This radio active Carbon C14 is different then regular Carbon. Its produced by radiation striking the atmosphere. Sun light strikes the atmosphere, slaps the nitrogen around and turns it into Carbon 14. It all starts by the sun light in the atmosphere. About 21 pounds of Carbon 14 is produced every year. And that is spread out all over the world. If I told you there is 21 pounds of gold, but spread out all over the globe, would you even look for it ? You won't find it. Real tiny amounts. If you look at the periodic table, Carbon and Nitrogen are right next to each other. Nitrogen has an atomic weight of 14.01 and Carbon has a weight of 12.02. But if the sun light slaps the nitrogen around it will knock a few things off of it and it becomes Carbon 14. So, it still weighs as much as the Nitrogen but now it's considered a Carbon. It's called radio active, which means it does not listen to the radio (lol), It's just unstable and it's going to break apart. Like 3 guys dating the same girl, that relationship is not going to last forever, something will go wrong. Carbon 14 is unstable and it does not like being Carbon 14, it wants to get out the situation. So it breaks down about half of it will break down on a statistical average, half of it will fall apart every 5,730 years. It is doing this on a purely random procedure, you got a pile of molecules and you will never know which one is going to fall apart. Statistics tell us about half will fall apart every 5,700 years, roughly., while it is Carbon 14 it is floating around in the atmosphere; like the rest of the Carbon...and it latches on to oxygen as Carbon often does and becomes Carbon dioxide. They hook up and happily float around in the atmosphere. The plants are breathing in Co2. Animals come along and eat the plants. So, the only way Carbon 14 gets into the living world is from being produced by the sun striking the atmosphere, plants then breath it in and animals eat the plants. Probably in your life time you have eaten plants or animals that have eaten plants. Every thing we eat is from one of those two sources The plants are absorbing Co2 some of it is radio active, so if the atmosphere contains 000765% it is assumed the plants also have .0000765%. Probably a reasonable assumption and nobody argues with them. It needs to be pointed out though, that this is one of DOZENS of assumptions that can enter in and really mess up things like Carbon Dating. So, probably you have .000765% Carbon in you, because you've been eating these plants or animals that has been eating plants. Probably it's all balanced in nature. When the plant or animal dies it stops taking in more Carbon 14. When it stops breathing. Now, what ever it had is going to decay. It was decaying while it was alive, but now there is nothing to replace it. So what they do is they compare the amount of C14 in the fossils with the amount in the atmosphere. They say wow that fossil only got half as much, therefore it's been dead for one half-life (5,700). Because it continues to decay after it died, but now it cannot be replaced. So while it was alive, it had about .000765%, if it only gots .0003825% it has been dead for one half life, or two half lives, or 3 half lives etc... In theory it never goes to zero, but for practical purposes, you can't measure beyond a certain amount, you'd run out of stuff to measure. It goes from a half to a 1/4 to a 1/8 to a 1/16 to not enough to measure. www. icr.org Think about what this means.