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Dating of ancient rocks by radiometric methods (e.g., Uranium-Lead, Potassium-Argon, Rubidium- Strontium) does NOT, repeat NOT depend upon our having available a sample of known age to calibrate the method.Indeed, this is PRECISELY WHY these methods are so useful.The only calibration required is the measurement of decay rates, which can be done IN THE LABORATORY.Furthermore, these methods can be used in ways that do NOT, repeat NOT depend on any assumptions about the initial amounts of the various isotopes involved.The Meritt FAQ is preserved for archival purposes only and its text will not be updated.Exactly what is meant by "inaccurate" leaves much to be desired.Yet supermarkets sell a lot of chilled meals that include rice and these can have "use by" dates up to a week away.
(page 90, by Lawrence Badash, "The Age-of-the-Earth Debate") You are in this case Dead Wrong.
Just before the start of totality, someone noticed that the shadows formed through this "pinhole camera" onto a whiteboard were so sharp that the individual hairs on my arms were visible.
How thin must the solar crescent be for the shadows to be this sharp, and how soon before totality would this occur? They are deciduous and their leaves turn bronze in the autumn, but they don't fall off the tree.
He encouraged people to go buy a book on numerical analysis: he gave its name.
He didn't bother to encourage people to buy a book on dating, perhaps because he hadn't read one himself ?