Funny carbon dating results
“The AMS system is clearly designed so that if there was a problem with the dating process at a laboratory, then its target (Shroud) and control sample dates would wrongly agree together, and disagree together with the correct Shroud and control samples dates of the other two laboratories.” Okay, I know the subject is over-reported. It’s a quotation I have always liked, never thought much about, and now am seeing again in the context of the shroud.
It is from his famous book, The first principle is that you must not fool yourself-and you are the easiest person to fool. After you’ve not fooled yourself, it’s easy not to fool other scientists.
Hollywood, we need to talk about your dating habits.
In particular, how important it is to have a reference to verify ages before you get in trouble. To quote Atomic Robo‘s Brian Clevinger, “What’s particularly frustrating is that it takes so little effort to find the intersection between plausible science and your fiction such that the audience will go along with everything.” I’m here to help though. No, not “Nuke ‘em from orbit” Ripley-style, although I like the way your mind works, but rather the continuous rain of high energy particles blasting from The Great Beyond.
No, I’m not talking about the hypersexualization of 12 year old girls trying to pass for 18. I’m giving you this quick primer on dating methodology, and the humorous ways they fail, for free. By far the biggest source is our own sun, but that just because it’s so close.
It did strike me as odd that Stephen Jones would use this quotation in his never-ending quest to convince skeptics of the shroud’s authenticity and non-skeptics alike that the results of the 1987 carbon dating of the shroud were the product of a computer program planted in all three AMS labs by a computer hacker, possibly on behalf of the Soviet Union’s KGB.
Is it that Stephen’s theory is preposterous or is it that it preposterous and we’re all of us fools?