Joined: Sep. 2006
|Mike PSS-- I accept the science of crystal formation ... I'm not dodging you. I just want you to get to your point. What are you trying to prove to me and how does olivine crystal formation support your point. Concisely please.|
This is where you go wrong. The point isn't concise, or containable in an executive summary. I'm trying to lead you down the primrose path of knowledge here in bite size pieces. Each bite size piece is an executive summary of a whole body of knowledge. There are at numerous seperate professional disciplines involved just to understand radiometric dating. You have to understand what olivine is (geology), how the crystals formed (material science, chemistry, chemical and mechanical engineering), how isotopes and radioactivity work (nuclear physics), how radioisotope testing equipment works (mechanical engineering, physics, electronic engineering), and that's just off the top of my head.
When your argument is about "all Isochrons are mixing lines" then you are arguing DEEP into the basic knowledge base of the method (radiometric testing). To support that argument you need to comprehend and understand ALL of the knowledge base listed above.
However, you don't have to be an expert in all the fields listed above. You could purchase the radiometric testing machine and TRUST that the people that designed it and put it together knew what they were doing. You could install the machine and calibrate it according to the instruction sheet that comes with the equipment. You could then follow all the instructions (like proper sample selection) and test your materials. The instructions probably have some checks and balances for your data to make sure the machine is working properly. Voila, a valid data point. Rinse and repeat. That wasn't hard.
If you want an executive summary then talk to me about the economic viability of investing in an alternative fuels plant (ethanol or biodiesel). I'm involved in the operation, modification, testing, and optimization of these things. Landfill Gas? No problem. Wood Combustion? Bring it on. Executive summaries work in business, not always in science.