To that end, he quoted some authorities, including Richard Lingenfelter.Having accomplished that, Morris concluded that the barrel was still in the process of being filled up and that, given the present rate of water coming in and leaking out, the filling process began only 10,000 years ago.This nullifies the carbon-14 method as well as demonstrating that the earth is less than 10,000 years old. One suspects that the scientific world would not be using the carbon-14 method if it were so obviously flawed.Could it be that the whole scientific community has missed this point, or is it another case of creationist daydreaming?It's a great argument except for one, little thing.The water is coming out of the hose at a steady rate as our model assumed!That is, the equilibrium point should have long since been reached given the present rate of carbon-14 production and the old age of the earth.
The argument may be compared to filling a barrel which has numerous small holes in its sides.
The curve is roughly 180 degrees out of phase with the C-14 curve.
(Strahler, 1987, p.156) The idea [that the fluctuating magnetic field affects influx of cosmic rays, which in turn affects C-14 formation rates] has been taken up by the Czech geophysicist, V.
When the dipole moment is strong, carbon-14 production is suppressed below normal; when it is weak, carbon-14 production is boosted above normal.
What the magnetic field does is to partially shield the earth from cosmic rays which produce carbon-14 high in the atmosphere.
Now, the fuller that barrel gets the more water is going to leak out the thoroughly perforated sides, just as more carbon-14 will decay if you have more of it around.