In conjunction with other creationist organizations, the Institute for Creation Research has assembled a team of researchers to challenge existing notions about the age of the Earth.
The RATE team (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) have studied a variety of subjects pertaining to the age of the Earth including radiocarbon dating.
According to the science behind radiocarbon dating, very old samples should have no measurable C is thought to exist because of some sort of unexplained phenomenon or contamination.
Therefore, the RATE team has identified a valid anomaly in radiocarbon research which deserves further research.
The RATE team has applied an inverse system of logic to the standard.
They begin with the same assumption that they are trying to prove.
Taking advantage of the distinct mass of individual isotopes, the machine distinguishes the C from all of the other atoms and molecules present and is able to count the individual atoms.
This view is spelled out in the summary book of the RATE project by De Young: "Each member of the RATE team holds to a high view of scripture.
3) Because all life existed at the same time, more organic carbon was present before the flood than after.
4) Since there was more carbon overall, but not more C to carbon-12 was much smaller than it is today.
The logic for the theory is as follows: 1) The Bible reveals the age of the earth to be somewhere around 6,000 years.
2) Since the earth is only 6,000 years old, the entire group of life forms represented in the fossil record (save the most recent fossils) existed at the same time and were all buried together in the world-wide biblical flood.