[LMB] OT: Evolution, WAS verging on forbidden territory: GOP attitudes about science

Bear Master bearmaster0 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 11:54:18 BST 2011

On Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 4:23 AM, mtraber251 <mtraber251 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> On 9/8/2011 11:55 AM, Claire Nollet wrote:
>> Yeah, my BOSS believes that the earth is 6000 years old, because some
>> preacher came to her church and explained how that whole carbon-14
>> business
>> is nonsense, etc.
>> I have issues with some applications of carbon 14 testing, but it is a
> materials handling issue ...
> Look - when you are testing a textile that has both gone through a *major*
> fire, with commensurate damage, *and* spent centuries hung in buildings lit
> by flames, censored with incense, wafted through environments filled with
> tobacco smoke in various forms, and breathed upon by numerous handlers there
> *is* going to be *contamination* no matter how you look at it.
> I am not claiming that the Shroud of Turin is real, or not. I am just
> saying  that the test may have been screwed. I find that there is reasonable
> doubt as to the accuracy of that particular test.

None of those issues were raised before the test.

Particulates remain on the surface of the fibers, not incorporated into
them, and care is taken to remove them.  To skew the results that badly,
they  would have had to outweigh the material.  The linen would have been
contaminating the soot.

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