The Carbon Nitrogen Relation and Radiometric Dating

C. Louis Kervran was a French scientist who discovered living matter could transmute chemical elements. Although most of his scientific publications were published in the french language, he was asked and did publish some english language texts and books, available from Amazon.

Many years ago I read a short letter from an english chemist published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration gloating he had disproven Kervran’s theory of biological transmutation, paraphrasing,  that plants could create potassium. The key word is ‘create’ which Kervran never asserted but consistently proposed that potassium was transformed from sodium by biological activity. The chemist believed Kervran meant ‘create ex nihilo’ and so decided to falsify it, which he did, because he was testing his own understanding of the phenomenon, and not Kervran’s theory. Such is the way settled, or should we say fossilised, science proceeds; fossilised science being essentially religion, by the way.

Recently I mentioned in a comment at Malaga Bay:

“In Lake Baikal live flatworms and sponges were radiocarbon dated near to a thermal vent degassing old carbon. Ages were 6860 to 10,200 years. (M. Grachev, et al., “Extant Fauna of Ancient Carbon,” Nature, Vol. 374, (1995), p. 123.)”

Here the false age determination was the result of flatworm absorbing excess C12/13 from nearby volcanic emissions from underwater vents, or so settled scientific theory assumes.

Then I remembered C. Louis Kervran’s work last century and the ability of plants, and presumably other ‘living’ things to convert, inter alia, carbon from nitrogen and vice versa. Agriculturists know that nitrogen is related to carbon and oxygen in soils, so that if nitrogen decreases then that is associated with an increase in carbon and oxygen, and vice versa. What else happens to the chemistry of, so-called, inert matter by the process of biological transmutation?

Since radiocarbon dating involves quantifying the uptake of carbon isotope C14 in living entities, not factoring Kervran’s biological transmutation theory in the process means that radiocarbon dating is essentially nonsense. The Lake Baikal flatworms appear to think so, being rather more deader than appearances suggest.

But then what could you expect from fossilised science?

About Louis Hissink

Retired diamond exploration geologist. I spent my professional life looking for mineral deposits, found some, and also located a number of kimberlites in NSW and Western Australia. Exploration geology is the closest one can get to practicing the scientific method, mineral exploration always being concerned with finding anomalous geophysical or geochemical data, framing a model and explanation for the anomaly and then testing it with drilling or excavation. All scientific theories are ultimately false since they invariably involved explaining something with incomplete extant knowledge. Since no one is omniscient or knows everything, so too scientific theories which are solely limited to existing knowledge. Because the future always yields new data, scientific theories must change to be compatible with the new data. Thus a true scientist is never in love with any particular theory, always knowing that when the facts change, so too must he/she change their minds.
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