Defender's Guide to Science and Creationism

Mark Vuletic

Assertion

Evolutionists simply discard all of the results of radiometric dating tests that are inconsistent with their theory.

Analysis

According to paleontologist Niles Eldredge (1982:103), there have been thousands of dating tests performed by independent laboratories and a wide variety of radioisotopes. Virtually all of the results correlate with evolutionary expectations. The comparatively few anomalies in radiometric dating tend to vanish when the samples are reanalyzed.

An accusation of massive fraud, which is what the creationist assertion amounts to, requires solid evidence to back it up. One should not make such accusations lightly.

References

Eldredge N. 1982. The Monkey Business: A Scientist Looks at Creationism. New York: Washington Square Press.

Last updated 21 March 2008

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