Since the layers of basalt overlay early Cenozoic sediments, the expected age of the lava flow might be a few tens of millions of years. I've described at length how apologists at Answers in Genesis use the radiocarbon and Potassium-Argon (K-Ar) methods to argue for a young Earth.
Not convinced by conventional ages of this geologic column, however, local 'young-Earth' geologists paid to have the basalt dated by the K-Ar method and the wood fragments dated by the radiocarbon method. In short, they criticize the assumptions behind each dating method.
One of the most anticipated shows of 2014 was Fox’s “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hosted by notable astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson and produced by Seth Mc Farlane and Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan, the host of the original “Cosmos” series.
The new “Cosmos” had the largest worldwide debut of a mini-series, capturing an audience of over 8 million viewers in the U. Controversy surrounded the show immediately, thrusting Tyson into the spotlight of religious fundamentalists and science deniers on the extreme right.
How did each episode upset the religious fundamentalists and call out scientific denialism?
Episode 1: “Standing Up in the Milky Way”Tyson wasted no time inspiring the world with the opening episode, telling a story about meeting Carl Sagan and the impact it had on his life.
Bruno was jailed, charged with heresy and eventually burned at the stake.
While no Christian apologists tried to condemn the church for such a killing, instead they tried to make the killing not about science and simply about speaking out against the church.
;) Where did these samples come from, and why were they sent to labs for radiometric dating?And how could they not be, Bill Nye is a charming guy!In my view, again biased in favor of science because, well, because it’s the correct view, Bill Nye won the debate by a large margin. Even a poll on a Christian web site gave a strong win to Nye One could say that it was easy. He focused on the science, as I mentioned, but he also frequently applied that science to Ken Ham’s young earth creationism.In 1993, several samples of charred and petrified wood were collected during construction of a mining ventilation shaft in central Queensland.The wood samples were seemingly well preserved inside the lava flow that encased them. The 24-page publication is rather verbose, reading more like a drawn-out lab report than a scientific study, but it contains all the details necessary to assess the feasibility of Dr. Wait, if the fossil wood and basalt are both older than 6,000 years, doesn't Ken Ham undermine his own position by citing this study?One point lost by Bill Nye in the recent debate with Ken Ham was the repeated assertion that YEC researchers had dated fossil wood ~1,000 times younger than the basalt in which it was encased.If the assertion holds, then radiometric dating methods to which Bill Nye appeals as evidence for an old Earth are potentially flawed. Sorry, made that joke last time, but now it seems better suited.So last night was the much-trafficked debate between Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and Ai G founder Ken Ham.The controversy didn’t end quite there, as it was later discovered that during the only time Tyson mentions the word evolution in this episode, a Fox station in Oklahoma cut out to a promo before returning to the show, sparking outrage in the scientific community for censoring the show.The station later claimed this was a complete accident, but many remain skeptical.Introducing viewers to the cosmic calendar that would often be used throughout the show, we are given a 12-month calendar that shows the history of the cosmos, immediately setting off creationists because the calendar shows a universe that is 13.8 billion years and an earth that is 4.5 billion years old.However, this got the least amount of attention from the naysayers, as Tyson mentions Giordano Bruno, a Catholic who dared to challenge the church’s geocentric theory of the cosmos and proposed that the earth actually revolved around the sun.Perhaps that was in part because Nye did well to present a slurry of observations that were inconsistent with a young earth or having a wooden boat carry itself and all animal “kinds”, while Ham did not present anything that was really evidence for earth’s lack of antiquity or why evolution doesn’t work.