The field of radiocarbon dating has become a technical one far removed from the naive simplicity which characterized its initial introduction by Libby in the late 1940's.
It is, therefore, not surprising that many misconceptions about what radiocarbon can or cannot do and what it has or has not shown are prevalent among creationists and evolutionists - lay people as well as scientists not directly involved in this field.
C in the dead sample, and using the half-life, one can determine the age of the sample, or, the age at which it stopped incorporating new carbon into its cells. Thus, his noted carbon-14 result is that C production later in this chapter, but he does not deal with all of them.
A NOTED CARBON-14 RESULT De Young notes that this method can be used in support of biblical ideas. He notes that "In recent years, readily detectable amounts of carbon-14 have been the rule rather than the exception." Is this claim true?
De Young lists several young earth people who have studied, and identified, ancient rocks in the literature with detectable amounts of C.
Beyond this, the accuracy of the date depends on the reliability of the assumptions used in interpreting the measurements (see below). It is widely used in dating fossils or archaeological samples containing organic material such as wood, charcoal, bone, shells, etc.It is not used to date rocks or other inorganic material.It is also possible that some of the carbon-14 in the fossil and coal samples arises from the conversion of nitrogen-14 to carbon-14 driven by the decay of radioactive elements in the environment.Because fossils and coal derive from once-living organisms, there will be plenty of nitrogen-14 contained in these specimens.These low levels make it reasonable to think that some of the carbon-14 signal comes from contamination of the sample by, say, microorganisms picked up from the environment.These low levels also make it conceivable that some of the detected carbon-14 is due to a ubiquitous carbon-14 background.HOW THE METHOD WORKS De Young starts out with an explanation of how carbon dating works.One can get a similar explanation on the web by reading Carbon Dating from the Wikipedia website.He gives the example of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the linen wrappings of which were dated to between 150 B. I could find no evidence of it, until I considered the source of the claim.He is, of course, referring to young earth scientists who tested material that contains C, there are numerous ones that are truly "carbon-14 dead." Based on his explanation, as you will see, any dead layers invalidate his conclusion at the end of this chapter.