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* earthquakes alter the Earth's rotation every century; extrapolating by orders of magnitude in time would have resulted in the occurrence of much larger earthquakes that would have destabilized the rotation<ref>A similar analysis may be performed for the likelihood of devastating collisions with meteors as time is extrapolated by orders of magnitude.</ref>
 
* earthquakes alter the Earth's rotation every century; extrapolating by orders of magnitude in time would have resulted in the occurrence of much larger earthquakes that would have destabilized the rotation<ref>A similar analysis may be performed for the likelihood of devastating collisions with meteors as time is extrapolated by orders of magnitude.</ref>
 
* the oldest direct evidence of life -- written documents, remnants of civilizations, tree rings, etc. -- is no older than about 3000 B.C.
 
* the oldest direct evidence of life -- written documents, remnants of civilizations, tree rings, etc. -- is no older than about 3000 B.C.
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* the number of purely bred dogs declines over time as dogs naturally crossbreed; a short period of time is suggested by the fact that there are over 100 different breeds of dog thriving today
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Revision as of 20:04, 9 March 2010

It takes only one "counterexample" to disprove the theory of an Old Earth. As with any logical proposition, one contradiction disproves the proposed rule.

The growing list of counterexamples to the theory of an Old Earth includes:

  • the moon is receding from the Earth at a rate suggesting it would have been too close a billion years ago
  • spiral galaxies appear to be young, and only implausible proposals of the existence of dark matter can reconcile with belief in an old universe
  • the massive Great Lakes are receding in volume too rapidly to have existed a long time
  • freshwater lakes are known to be relatively young[1]
  • The Earth's magnetism is changing at too fast a rate for the Earth to be old. The Earth's magnetic field is weakening in strength by 5% every 100 years[2]. Exponential decay at that rate is not compatible with an old Earth, since it would have required the Earth's magnetic field to be impossibly large at the times postulated by old-Earth theory.
  • the existence of inland saltwater lakes, such as Mono Lake and the Great Salt Lake, suggest a recent global flood
  • the age of onset of sexual maturity is rapidly changing, suggesting that life is in a short-term rather than long-term equilibrium[3]
  • the high observed rate of extinctions of species and harmful genetic mutations suggest a relatively short period for the existence of life rather than a long one.
  • the plentiful supply of high concentrations of underground well water, which would be expected based on familiar principles of entropy to dissipate over a long period of time.
  • the age of onset of cancer is markedly decreasing,[4] suggesting rapid changes inconsistent with an alleged long existence to life
  • the lack of erosion between rock layers[5][6]
  • the planetary orbits in the solar system -- including Earth's -- are unstable and unsustainable over the very long time periods asserted by atheists[7]
  • earthquakes alter the Earth's rotation every century; extrapolating by orders of magnitude in time would have resulted in the occurrence of much larger earthquakes that would have destabilized the rotation[8]
  • the oldest direct evidence of life -- written documents, remnants of civilizations, tree rings, etc. -- is no older than about 3000 B.C.
  • the number of purely bred dogs declines over time as dogs naturally crossbreed; a short period of time is suggested by the fact that there are over 100 different breeds of dog thriving today

References

  1. Ice Age theories were developed to try to explain this, but massive freshwater lakes exist even near the equator
  2. Earth's Magnetic Field and its Changes in Time, from NASA
  3. For evidence of a rapidly changing age for sexual maturity in fish, see http://icesjms.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/46/3/235
  4. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/109865519/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0
  5. http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WTZL8GG4H9K0
  6. http://www.knowthebible.net/id115.html
  7. Newsweek: "An embarrassing little secret of astronomy ....".
  8. A similar analysis may be performed for the likelihood of devastating collisions with meteors as time is extrapolated by orders of magnitude.

See also