QUESTION: Can we improve the accuracy of carbon dating?ANSWER: Can we improve the accuracy of carbon dating?
We must assume to know that the rate at which carbon-14 decays into nitrogen-14 hasn't somehow changed throughout the unobservable past.We must also assume to know what the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14 was in the environment in which our specimen lived during its lifetime.And finally, we must assume that there hasn't been any contamination in the specimen which we are attempting to date.Scientific research has called the first two assumptions into question.In order to improve the accuracy of carbon dating, we must look at why these assumptions are questionable and how we can compensate for the uncertainties raised by our doubts.
Scientists have made progress with the second assumption by employing the use of dendrochronology (tree-ring dating). God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.
Unfortunately the use of dendrochronology to calibrate carbon dating is itself fraught with uncertainties. With further research we may be able to hone the method and increase our confidence in it. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible.
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Carbon dating is accurate because the radioactive decay of C-14 is a constant exponential decay.
Carbon that is kicked into the upper atmosphere is, very rarely converted into the radio isotope carbon-14.
This isotope has a half life (The time it takes for half of the material to decay into it's daughter isotope.) of around 5730 years*.