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Uncertainties & Systematic Errors in Dating Human Origins

When did humans originate and why does it matter? Is the date consistent with humans arising from common descent or through special creation? Is the scientific date consistent with the biblical date? Crucial to answering these questions is recognizing the scientific errors and their significance.

Establishing a scientific date for the origin of humans is challenging and methods for doing so far from reliable. All the methods involve big statistical uncertainties and even larger systematic errors.

Statistical uncertainties, also known as random errors, refer to lack of precision in making measurements. Systematic errors refer to environmental and instrumental factors that could shift...


PhD, is an astrophysicist and the founder and president of the science-faith think tank Reasons to Believe (RTB).

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #58, Fall 2021 Copyright © 2024 Salvo |


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