The Parish Hall > The Natural Sciences

Scientists claims to date human footprints to 23,000 years ago

(1/2) > >>

GiftOfGod:
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10018883/Footprints-New-Mexico-23-000-years-ago-earliest-evidence-human-activity-New-World.html

Is this compatible with traditional Catholicism? What are we to believe?

Prayerful:
Pius XII said warily that a Divinely guided evolution can be considered not incompatible, and implied in this is a greater stretch of time. It therefore can be compatible.

Aulef:
Dating methods are not an exact science. In this case mentioned in the link, carbondating was used.

There are lots of recorded mistakes using this method because it is applied incorrectly for many reasons: poor calibration, unaccount of climate and atmospherical change, carbon decay variation (which is not always constant), and others.

Besides, I believe it is highly unlikely to find footprints older than 6k-7k years ago, based on Sacre history time count. Note this last statement is opinion rather than certitude in terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

ChairmanJoeAintMyPrez:

--- Quote from: GiftOfGod on September 23, 2021, 06:44:13 PM ---https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10018883/Footprints-New-Mexico-23-000-years-ago-earliest-evidence-human-activity-New-World.html

Is this compatible with traditional Catholicism? What are we to believe?

--- End quote ---

Radiocarbon dating is imprecise, to be charitable, and you can only date the remains of something that used to be alive (either a plant or something that eats plants).  Carbon dating a sediment or a fossil (a bone whose matter has been replaced by rock) is asinine.  https://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/31/us/errors-are-feared-in-carbon-dating.html

And it's not clear that the footprints were left by humans.

If you want to have the Catholic evolution talk, that's fine, but this article by itself shouldn't shake anyone's faith.

LausTibiChriste:

--- Quote from: ChairmanJoeAintMyPrez on September 24, 2021, 09:57:24 AM ---
--- Quote from: GiftOfGod on September 23, 2021, 06:44:13 PM ---https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10018883/Footprints-New-Mexico-23-000-years-ago-earliest-evidence-human-activity-New-World.html

Is this compatible with traditional Catholicism? What are we to believe?

--- End quote ---

Radiocarbon dating is imprecise, to be charitable, and you can only date the remains of something that used to be alive (either a plant or something that eats plants).  Carbon dating a sediment or a fossil (a bone whose matter has been replaced by rock) is asinine.  https://www.nytimes.com/1990/05/31/us/errors-are-feared-in-carbon-dating.html

And it's not clear that the footprints were left by humans.

If you want to have the Catholic evolution talk, that's fine, but this article by itself shouldn't shake anyone's faith.

--- End quote ---

I want to have the Catholic evolution talk

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

There was an error while thanking
Thanking...
Go to full version