Fairy tales for adults (long)

Ian Molton spyro at f2s.com
Thu Feb 13 07:13:58 PST 2003

On Thu, 13 Feb 2003 14:33:45 +0000 (UTC)
steveb at creek-and-cowley.com (Steve Bougerolle) wrote:

> On Thu, 2003-02-13 at 22:04, Ian Molton wrote:
> > Carbon dating may not be massively accurate, but is based on a VERY
> > sound, and readily observable scientific principle - that of
> > radioactive decay.
> Nope, gotcha there.

Not really. Radioactive decay has been observed to be stable to an
astonishingly high accuracy (witness atomic clocks).

Technically, many billions of years ago, this MIGHT have been MINUTELY
different (if it was significantly faster, there wouldnt be anything
left to measure, however).

Sure, on a cosmological scale, it might be different, but most of the
laws of physics change when you go back ludicrously large ammounts of
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