Somebody said this in a recent thread. I couldn't respond to it in that thread without going COMPLETELY off topic.
But this definately begs for a response.
There is a living creosote bush in california that is over 11,000 years old. This age is not in question. It grows in rings that can be counted similar to tree rings. It's a simple matter of counting the rings and you know how old it is. http://www.hcn.org/servlets/hcn.Article?article_id=11165
We also have an UNBROKEN record from tree rings that date back over 11,000 years. You just count the rings, and you know how many years old the tree was before it died. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLFKM886l4Q It's extremely simple.
This alone is proof that the earth is over 10,000 years old. From just the field of Botany. Independant of any other field of science.
The great barrier reef is around 500,000 years old... This is based on the fact that coral reefs grow around 10 to 30 centimeters per year. Unless it used to grow 50 times faster than coral reefs do now, that date is not in dispute: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/292/5521/1451e
This alone is proof that the earth is over 500,000 years old. From just the field of Hydrobiology. Independant of any other field of science.
The grand canyon. Given the rate of erosion, it took the colorado river over 200,000,000,000 years to carve it. http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon
Ignoring the formation of the canyon, it provides a clear look at layers of rock that took billions of years to form.
This alone is proof that the earth is over 2 billion years old. From just the field of Geology. Independant of any other field of science.
I think that almost EVERY field of science,independant of every other field, proves that the earth is over 10,000 years old. To claim that "There is no evidence that the earth is more than 10,000 years old" is to admit that you know absolutely nothing about Geology, Geography, Biology, Botany, Archaeology, Astronomy, Chemisty, Radiology, Meteorology, Genetics or anything. Because they ALL prove that the earth is WAY older than 10,000 years.
Even if there was some GRAND conspiracy, and every scientist on the planet was knowingly lying to the public to cover the truth. You can go to the grand canyon yourself, look at the rock strata, count the layers, and do the math.
You can go diving in the coral reefs, look at the size of it, and do the math.
You can go to the bristlecone pines and COUNT the rings and compare them to the older trees.
You can go to any cave and see the stalagmites. You look at the moon and see the craters.
And if you're too lazy to do the research, and I'm using the word 'research' lightly here, since the research is already done, you just have to choke down five minutes worth of learning.
This is stuff that scientists have known for hundreds of years, and it's based on the most easy to comprehend concepts. You can deny the validity of the evidence... at least we have something to work with. But to deny the existence of the evidence is fractally wrong, and an exercise in cognitive cecity.
I'm not asking you to make a leap of faith and "trust the scientists even though you don't understand any of it". You don't HAVE to trust the scientists, you can understand it easily on your own.
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