In the case of radiocarbon dating, the half-life of carbon 14 is 5,730 years.
This half life is a relatively small number, which means that carbon 14 dating is not particularly helpful for very recent deaths and deaths more than 50,000 years ago.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe *** Imagine a small town with a hard working barber. The ‘impossible barber’ is one classic example of a thought experiment – a means of exploring a concept, hypothesis or idea through extensive thought. The purpose is to encourage speculation, logical thinking and to change paradigms.
The barber shaves everyone in the town who does not shave themselves. When finding empirical evidence is impossible, we turn to thought experiments to unspool complex concepts. Thought experiments push us outside our comfort zone by forcing us to confront questions we cannot answer with ease.
Time factors of millions and billions of years is difficult even for adults to comprehend.