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craig_holm's avatar

How old do you think the Earth is?

Asked by craig_holm (51points) March 24th, 2009


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Likeradar's avatar

I believe it’s as old as scientists agree on.

crisw's avatar

About 4.5 billion years old.

Certainly not only 6000!

Magnus's avatar

@Likeradar Yes, scientists’ consensus is usually where I put my money.

Why you ask?

Because science is the purest form of knowledge known to man. It is not superstition nor faith, it is applying the scientific method to a problem. The scientific method involves taking all facts into account to create the most accurate answer possible regardless of prejudice or opinion. And that can be recognized by everyone, whatever you might believe in, as being the purest form of gaining and confirming knowledge we have.
That’s the beauty about science, it’s like knowing things.

Sr_Q's avatar

6,000 years, of course!

FGS's avatar

Sr Q can be disregarded…damn literal religious nuts ;)

Ivan's avatar

4.6 billion years or so. I believe that because radiometric dating is not magic.

@crisw Did I tell you that I met the head of the talkorigins archive?

Likeradar's avatar

@Sr_Q are you mocking or being serious?

Ivan's avatar

He’s just playing.

FGS's avatar

Mocking of course. Sr Q knows how to reason with the big kids.

Sr_Q's avatar

@FGS @Likeradar @Ivan

I jest, I jest. Once upon a time, though, I was taught that. ;)

arnbev959's avatar

@Sr_Q The ~ can be used to indicate sarcasm.

Sr_Q's avatar

@petethepothead Thanks for the tip, although being that I was dealing with a number it might have read like “more or less”... ;)

Qingu's avatar

At least 4.5 billion years old.

chelseababyy's avatar

Older than dirt.

seVen's avatar

The scientist can’t predict tomorrows’ weather right how can they know how old the Earth is?

Bible prophecy can be examined and it is truely fulfilling so I go with 6,000 years old.

Qingu's avatar

@seVen, scientists can’t predict tomorrow’s weather? They seem to do it quite often. They can also predict solar eclipses and comets and all manner of things that would have scared the bejesus out of the primitive desert nomads who wrote the Bible.

Speaking of the Bible, this is a book that claims the sky is a solid firmament/dome (raqia) that holds up an above-sky ocean. It says the sun, moon, planets and stars are placed in the raqia, and can even be stopped as they revolve around the Earth. Do you believe these parts over what science has to say as well? Or do you dishonestly ignore them or interpret them as “metaphors”?

It’s also funny that you bring up prophecies, because the Bible says that the city of Tyre would be conquered by Nebuchadnezzer and made into a “bare rock… never again to be rebuilt” (Ezekial 26). Which is weird because the city of Tyre is quite visible on Google Maps.

Ivan's avatar

@seVen It’s actually a lot more difficult to predict the weather than it is to determine the age of the Earth. Weather is the result of quite complicated interactions between different aspects of the environment. We can calculate the age of the earth by understanding the decay process of radioactive isotopes. Comparably, that’s not very difficult, it’s an activity that is done in high school and college freshmen level geology courses.

crisw's avatar

In addition to what’s already been said, we have multiple, interconnecting, independently verifiable scientific data points to show that the earth is very, very old. We have zero data points indicating that the earth is only 6000 years old.

Your argument is also a non sequitur. Meteorologists don’t predict the age of the earth. It makes about as much sense as saying “Professional gamblers can’t predict who’ll win the Kentucky Derby, so how can an auto mechanic fix my car?”

Ivan's avatar

And by the way, meteorologists can actually predict tomorrow’s weather quite accurately.

crisw's avatar

“Ivan’s avatar

And by the way, meteorologists can actually predict tomorrow’s weather quite accurately.”

Certainly much better than any preacher can predict the whims of God :>D

Anon_Jihad's avatar

Well the whims of “God” at least the one of the Christian faith, are quite easy to predict. Fairly consistent fellow.

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