The Townsville Bulletin published on 2 March 2013 an item about the age of Castle Hill, the iconic landmark that overlooks the North Queensland city. Written by journalist Daniel Bateman, the article reported ages calculated by Dr Carl Spandler from the local James Cook Univeristy School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. (See Icon’s not [...]
It is quite simple to understand how radioactive dating works when you think about it.
It is impossible to measure the age of anything by making observations and measurements in the present.
Before any age can be calculated, unprovable assumptions about the past are needed.
After an age is calculated, we cannot know if the number means [...]
On Sunday evening 5 June 2011, I was on a panel at a church north of Brisbane answering questions on evolution and the age of the earth.
I represented the biblical young-earth position.
The three other scientists on the panel held to various old-earth views, and were:
Jonathon Cramb, who is completing a PhD in palaeontology.
A swimming race illustrates the simple principles involved in measuring time. This swimmer is competing in a 1,500 metre race and we have an accurate, calibrated wristwatch. We note that at the instant the swimmer touches the edge of the pool our wristwatch reads 7:41 and 53 seconds. How long has the [...]