Many Creationists have argued that scientists would not accept any evidence against the Theory of Evolution.
There are some claims that this has already happened, and that the evidence has been ignored or even suppressed. Egotism, embarrassment or greed might cause one person to try to hide something. However, history shows that the process of science is extremely good at detecting and correcting such problems.
Similarly, groups spend money, and they have to show their sponsor that they received value.
For example, radioactive dating is usually done by dating specialists, and the scientists who use those services are free to switch to someone else. For example, a funding agency might send bits of one single rock to many dating labs, and then publish the results if they didn't all get the same answer.
The big surprise is that the attack has come from an evolutionary geologist and has been published in a secular scientific journal! First, let’ s find out how radioactive dating methods are supposed to work.
Some types (technically known as ‘isotopes’) of ‘parent’ elements such as uranium, thorium, potassium and rubidium are said to be radioactive because the nuclei of the atoms are unstable, resulting in readjustments between the ‘particles’ (primarily neutrons and protons) in the nuclei with time.
Thus the first step in the radioactive dating technique is to measure the amounts of the parent and daughter elements (isotopes) in a rock sample via chemical analyses.
This is done in specially equipped laboratories with sophisticated instruments capable of very good precision and accuracy, so in general there is no quarrel with the resulting chemical analyses.
Yet most people really don’t know much about these radioactive dating methods.
So slick and convincing are the presentations of results, particularly in glossy media and museum propaganda, that no one even bothers to question how these dating methods work, what assumptions are involved, and how reliable they are. The answers are not only instructive, but demolish the evolutionary geologist’s case for a 4.5-billion-year old earth.
Kent Hovind has made himself wealthy (and wound up in jail for tax evasion and "structuring cash transactions") by claiming that "there is only one place in all the world to see the standard geologic column. " (I took that quote from Was Darwin Right.com, and he got it from Dan Janzen's Revolution Against Evolution site, but Kent Hovind made it famous.)The fact is, the geologic column is found many places around the earth.