What would you do if in the middle of a job interview someone asked you, “How old do you think the Earth is?” Not wanting to look a fool, chances are that you’d give an answer as banal and evasive as this, “I´m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that´s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.” That’s what Marco Rubio offered when asked
Comments: Stanley wants to know why it´s okay for Obama to say abortion question is above his pay grade.
The simple answer would have been "on the order of 4.5 billion years," to which could have been added "according to radiometric estimates" for wiggle room. Any other response, including the one proffered by Mr. Next in Line, is an invitation for being branded an idiot. Worse, averring that he´s "not a "scientist" means he´s not entitled to an opinion on issues like AGW that do affect GDP.
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Grant Hodges, 11/20/2012 5:07:15 AM (No. 9024774)
Actually there is a big difference between AGW, which has been shown to be bunk, and otoh, the age of the earth which has not been directly observed. 4.5 million years is inferred. The end of the last warming phase was not inferred. It was observed about 15 or so years ago. Just so you know.
...how ´bout answering like this..."I think that you are asking that question to deliberately put me in a bad light, as you are obviously just a liberal activist and not a journalist. If you´d like to discuss some of the current issues...fine. Otherwise take your loaded gotcha questions and take them back to the RNC. Real question or this interview is over...up to you."
Do people really believe the earth is 5.4 billion years old? Can matter really last that long? How can we know for sure? There are lots of assumptions made about half-lives, etc., that are unproven and unproveable. Belief is the key word, here, I think.
There is, alas, no way to estimate the age of Earth. One must make a presumption: the fine structure constant has remained the same for all of history. You can´t prove that. Decay rates of isotopes depend on the fine structure constant. If that quantity varies, all estimates are wrong. Estimates from cosmology are so much hooey. Our current theories are off by 10 raised to the 110th power. We cannot account for the current observed situation.
I know. It is in the textbooks.
Ever looked at a Roman textbook? They had lots of wrong stuff, too.
120 years ago it was KNOWN that powered flight was impossible. So much for what is known. Heck. They even knew that a bumblebee cannot fly!
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