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These methods don't assign an exact age; the rates and initial conditions are not exactly known.
However, since the "young" and "old" age ranges differ by 5 1/2 orders of magnitude, it is easy to say which pieces of evidence favor which theory.
: With the current technology, it is possible now to transmute lead into gold, or whatever element into another? The yield is famously tiny, and the process is prohibitively expensive.
What transmutations should have tried the ancient Alchemist instead of the famous lead-gold one, in order to find an easy and useful success? Before the late 19th century, no body had ever observed one element turning into another, and until the 20th century there was no equipment on Earth that had the faintest prayer of successfully changing one element into another (on purpose).
I've discussed some of this in the newsgroup, but here I'll leave it for the rebuttal phase of the debate.
The arguments I use are of the same basic type as those of the old-earth proponents: extrapolation of present-day trends into the past to determine how long something could have been going on.
This is the first of two postings generated by the debate.
It contains Bob Bales's opening statement, Chris Stassen's rebuttal, and Bob Bales's closing remarks.
The idea is that since neutrons are electrically neutral (hence the name) they can enter and join the nucleus of an atom without being repelled by the positively charged nucleus (this repulsion is why this technique doesn’t work with protons, and why fusion in general is so difficult).Back in the day, when chemists (alchemists) were getting good at purifying samples and making fancy chemicals, they got pretty cocky about turning stuff into other stuff.But while you can use basic chemical reactions to turn hydrogen and oxygen into water, or flour and water into bread, there’s no combination of chemicals and reactions that even start to change one element into another.Bales Opening Statement In this argument, I'll stick to the evidence which indicates the earth has a young age.Any young-earth theory must also explain evidence that seems to indicate that the earth is millions of years old.