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Originally posted by dragn
I came in 1/2 way through a discussion on TV last night and need some help in getting more information.
The general gist of the conversation was about a book (sorry, didn't get the title) that was offering money to anybody who could scientifically dispute the claims it made. The main dialogue of the book was based on a radioactive isotope (may have been called P14 or something along those lines) with a half life of 1/10,000 of a second (again, not 100% sure on this info, but it's close) that has been found trapped in granite. The theory that this book offers is that trapping this isotope that expires almost as soon as it is formed is irrefutable evidence that the granite was formed in an instant, hence lending credit to the creationist theory.
My intent of this is NOT to start another thread debating creationism vs. evolution. There are plenty of those out there already. Without accurate info I can't even do any research on the subject. I'm just curious if anybody else has heard of this book and can fill in the blanks that I have missed so I can actually do some research on the subject.
Originally posted by HowardRoark
Well, to start, P-14 is not an isotope. P, or Phosphorus has an atomic number of 15, but an atomic weight of 31. It is the mass that gives you the isotope.
Secondly, if an element has a half life of 1/10,000 seconds, it will decay away irregardless of weather the granite was formed slowly over time or instantly.
What is more likely is that this is a daughter element that is present because of the decay of a longer lived isotope. In other words, this P-14 is continuously being formed based on the original chemical makeup of the minerals in the granite.
Sorry, but without more to go on, that is the best I can give you.
Originally posted by BlackJackal
This should help. RATE is the largest form of research that ICR uses in defence of the Creationist theory