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Evolutionist Misconceptions:
Correcting Mistakes in Memes by Evolutionists:


Meme: The rocks date the fossils and the fossils date the rocks
Excerpted from: http://rationalfaith.com/2017/04/unmasking-mistakes-in-memes-of-evolution-part-3-codes-and-complexity/#fossil_circular_reasoning

First, let's get straight that this isn't a "creationist misconception."  Highly respected evolutionists acknowledge this problem of circular reasoning in the evolutionary dating process. For example, Niles Eldredge, co-author of the evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium acknowledges: "If we date the rocks by the fossils, how can we then turn around and talk about the patterns of evolutionary change through time in the fossil record?"[7]  In other words he saying if we date the rocks by the fossils, how can we then date the various fossils by where they're found - which is in the rocks. The problem: it's a circular argument with no basis in fact.

So we can dismiss the false contention that it's just creationist pointing out this problem. Anyone who examines the dating process carefully will necessarily reach the same conclusion about its circular nature, because that in fact, is the process.

Second, radiometric dating is known to be an inaccurate dating method. Not only is it inaccurate, the various methods don't even agree with each other, as again, even evolutionists acknowledge. Evolutionist John Whitfield: "...in the past decade it has become clear the results from different techniques and different labs don't agree."[8]

As for the inaccuracies, radiometric dating evolves three assumptions that regularly provide inaccurate results. Again, I won't belabor the point here. For details see my article, Radiometric Dating: Science or Guesswork?

Finally this is a classic example of selective attention. In addition to refusing to see the circular reasoning involved in dating fossils, evolutionist refuse to acknowledge the many problems with the geological column (depicted above) itself:

  • Dust between layers
    - If the layers really took millions of years to form, why isn't there dust and debris between the layers that surely would have been laid down over that time period?
  • Polystrait fossils
    - If the layers really took millions of years, how is that you find trees standing vertically between layers representing millions of years? Why weren't they destroyed and washed away long before it went through multiple layers?
  • The Cambrian Explosion
    - Darwinism requires a slow process of change over millions of years involving hundreds of transitionary forms to achieve complex creatures. The Cambrian layer exhibits an "explosion" of complex life forms with no prior transitionary forms. If Darwinism is true, where are the many transitionary forms that even Darwin acknowledged[9] should be in the pre-Cambrian layers, but simply aren't?

Darwinist would rather not talk about these problems because they know they don't have a leg to stand on.

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7. Niles Eldredge, Time Frames, 1985, p. 52) ref from Geologic Time Scale, All About Creation, accessed 7/18/2011 http://www.allaboutcreation.org/geologic-time-scale

8. John Whitfield, ref from, Lita Cosner, Evolutionists Say the Oddest Things, Powder Springs, GA: Creation Book Publishers, 2015, p. 93

9. Regarding the Cambrian Explosion, Darwin acknowledged: "Consequently, if my theory be true, it is indisputable that before the lowest Silurian* [i.e. Cambrium] stratum was deposited, long periods elapsed, as long as, or probably far longer than, the whole interval from the Silurian[Cambrian] age to the present day; and that during these vast, yet quite unknown periods of time, the world swarmed with living creatures. To the question why we do not find records of these vast primordial periods, I can give no satisfactory answer."
Charles Darwin from Origin of Species
*Silurian overlapped the Cambium strata in the terminology of Darwin's day

Ref from Jonathan Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax on Earth? Refuting Dawkins on Evolution, Atlanta, GA: Creation Book Publishers, 2010 pp. 115-116

Meme by Duane Caldwell 2017
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