Radioactive dating assumptions
This is an important topic, for evolutionists want the history of earth to span long ages in the hopes that this will make the origin and evolution of life more likely.
Yes, an understanding of dating methods is important, but we should keep in mind that whether or not these dating methods are accurate, really has no direct relation to whether evolution has ever occurred or could occur. Evolution can only occur by a sequence of, first, production of matter from nothing, or origin of matter.
Despite very impressive and powerful measurement and characterization tools, physical and chemical analysis methods, the dating of rocks by using radioactive elements depends on very basic assumptions.
These techniques are somewhat similar to the radiometric methods of dating rocks, which I shad consider in a little more detail.
The radiocarbon dating method is based on certain assumptions on the global concentration of carbon 14 at any given time.
One assumption is that the global levels of carbon 14 (also called radiocarbon) in the atmosphere has not changed over time.
This will be covered in the chapters, Primitive Environment (chapter 9), and DNA (chapter 10).
Third, evolution of living organisms into more advanced life forms by natural selection or mutations.