Truth is, Carbon-Dating doesn't go back all that for because it only works on plants and animals. It has been proven to go back as far as 3000BC.
Here is one of the known flaws in Carbon Dating. There's a bunch, but here's one. Carbon dating is affected by carbon in the air. They have proven that if something that is exposed to a carbon source, carbon can be refreshed, the clock reset. Scientists can try to correct for atmospheric changes but for the most part is a wild guess. Some studies show that dates can be as far off as 3,500 years. Yikes!
It gets worse. From the article, "The Carbon 14 Method of Age Determination," in Scientific Monthly, November 1952" "Muscle tissue from beneath the scalp of a mummified musk ox found in frozen muck at Fairbanks Creek, Alaska, has a radiocarbon age of 24,000, while the radiocarbon age of hair from a hind limb of the carcass is 17,200. A life span exceeding 7,000 years for a specimen of this species is doubtful."
Science always tells you, plus or minus for stuff as a CYA.
Uranium-Thorium Dating seems to work a little better because it's not effected by atmospheric conditions, only cosmic conditions. This means that our ability to check out rocks that go into the millions of years may also be flawed because of radiation from space, solar flares or quasars that hit the earth 10 million years ago.
So is there an actual way to tell if something is right or not.
Think about it, the crux of science is to measure accurately and observation. Let's saw we're conducting an experiment involving heat. We can't just say, oh, it felt warm. No, we'd use a thermometer. The thermometer has been tested and calibrated using known measurements, more than likely based on what these guys at the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements have set.
So how do you measure a million year old rock?
What Carbon-14 and Uranium-Thorium Dating have demonstrated is that they can be affected by outside circumstances.
So let's take a rock. He's been sitting on the face of the Earth for say, a million years. Sucks to be him because little does he know he's about to be walloped by a meteor. The ground is superheated to the point that it becomes glass. Has that changed and possibly reset the radioactive life-span of that little rocks atoms? You betcha.
Let's look at the Moon. Rocks brought back by by Apollo 17 puts the Moon at over a Billion years older than the Earth. Really? Or is it because the Earth's continual geothermic activity spews up new rocks as this article suggests?
Wait, are they saying the rocks on the inside of the Earth younger than the rocks on the outside of the Earth? Wasn't all the matter of the universe around at the same time? Matter cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be transformed. The Law of Conservation. Newton came up with that one and it seems to be spot on. So how can you have matter that is over a BILLION years older than other matter.
Answer, assuming that Radio-dating is correct, then the atomic clock must be able to be reset, adjusted, or influenced somehow.
Carbon and Uranium dating is the mathematical calculation based on a set atomic deterioration, but as long as we know that clock can be adjusted, Radioactive dating is at best a good guess. Unless we have a set rock, a control with a known and proven age, we have no standard to compare anything to.
Science knows this, it isn't anything new, but they certainly will sling out numbers fast enough. Sometimes they will mention a disclaimer of, oh, this is just theory, but this is like listening to talk radio, they blur the lines between fact and opinion and make it all seem like established fact when it is, in fact, all opinion.
Is the Earth 1 billion years old? 10 Billion?
Is it more than an hour?
I could be a clone that's a half hour old, given pre-programed memories of almost 47 years of a scripted, boring life and dropped into a T.V. reality show being aired in the year 2335.
The truth may be out there,
But trust none of it.