Controversy over carbon dating
Of course, this would be impossible because of the amount of heat energy generated through the flow of the associated electric currents--some 250 million times greater than today's values as estimated by Barnes.
With the presumed electrically generated heat twenty thousand years ago, according to Barnes, the entire earth would have been a molten liquid, and life could not have existed.
Precise measurements from various observatories have indicated that the magnetic dipole moment has been decreasing in intensity from 1835 to the present time.
For understanding the magnetic record prior to 1835, scientists turn to geology and archeology and look for evidences of paleomagnetism in the earth's crust.
In fact, for the first decade of its existence noncreationist scientists never even took notice of Barnes's proposal.
It wasn't until 19 when the creationist controversy erupted in the classrooms, when the Arkansas and Louisiana creationist legislation was being challenged in the courtrooms, and when scientific societies were beginning to have papers attacking creationism at their annual conventions that Barnes's ingenious method of dating the earth by its magnetism was brought to the attention of the scientific world. Geological Survey as an expert in radioactive dating, especially the potassium-argon method.
However, some creationists feel that in general it addresses the question of whether physical processes are going from a high energy state to a lower energy state based upon the second law of thermodynamics.
They feel that it is part of the curse placed upon the earth when man sinned (Gen.
-19), thus becoming the reason why "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now" (Rom. The "whole creation" would include the interior of the earth and the magnetic field that is generated from the earth's core.
(University of Chicago Press) and touched off a total reappraisal of ancient history and prehistory known as the "radiocarbon revolution." Libby later received a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work in this new dating method.
Most creationists reacted against radiocarbon dating because of its threat to Biblical chronology. Barnes, of the University of Texas at El Paso, wrote an article under the title "Decay of the Earth's Magnetic Moment and the Geochronological Implications,"' thus pro posing a new method of dating the earth based upon the decay of its magnetic field.The imprint of the earth's magnetic field was left upon tiny slivers of magnetic minerals that were reoriented according to the lines of the earth's magnetism at the time the kilns were fired.