Joined: Sep. 2007
I think the decay rate variation is one of the coolest conundrums to show up in a while. Of course the jury is still out as to whether it is real--but I think the answer should not be too hard to ascertain.
It is unfortunate but predictable that YECs are trumpeting this as helpful to their cause. The magnitude of the conspiracy would be impressive. All isotopes and decay modes used in radiometric dating would have to be affected in the same manner to give the same wrong answer. And non radiometric methods would have to join in the conspiracy too.
Mysticism is a rational enterprise. Religion is not. The mystic has recognized something about the nature of consciousness prior to thought, and this recognition is susceptible to rational discussion. The mystic has reason for what he believes, and these reasons are empirical. --Sam Harris