Radiocarbon dating is relatively easy to visualize and understand on a basic level, unlike many other methods in geochronology.
The atmosphere contains trace amounts of radioactive carbon (14C).
There are many laws that govern the peculiarities of everyday life, of which Murphy’s Law is the best known.
But in my engagement with those teetering within the creationism debate, I’ve discovered a new pattern of behavior that perhaps deserves its own name. Simply put, the longer one discusses the age of the Earth, the more likely a flawed statement about radiocarbon dating will steer the conversation into futility.
The previously published radiocarbon AMS measurements can generally be explained by contamination, mostly due to sample chemistry.
Measuring the ratio of radioactive to stable carbon, we can estimate the age of carbon-bearing samples.
On the other hand, the technical details of radiocarbon analysis are difficult to understand.
C were as massive as the Earth, all of it would have decayed away in less than a million years.
Since the global flood would have buried huge numbers of carbon-containing living things (which formed much of today’s coal, oil, natural gas and fossil containing limestone), we would expect the ratio of C in samples that are supposed to be millions of years old would be extremely problematic for uniformitarians.