Nice healthy debate!!
These are just my personal comments on the issue.
I'd just add my 2 cents about judging the present water on the planet to compensate for the flood. The Bible says "winds" were used to dissipate the water. This could have included great waterspouts that funneled the water out into outer space. Thus strict Biblical fundamentalists wouldn't expect to make a comparison for confirmation of the present water and ice here in confirmation of the global flood, other than making that incidental observation, which instead would confirm that an excess of the water was removed. In the meantime, we all know quite well there is water in outer space since it accummulates around comets that come close to the earth. So the current amount of water and ice on the planet is a NON-ISSUE.
As far as the local flood versus global flood goes, various cultures with legends about the global flood is definitely consistent with all of these cultures coming from the same common famly tree, which would have been Noah. Further that all mankind are a single genotype worldwide also suggests a single common origin. So the local flood story is NON-APPLICABLE and INCONCLUSIVE.
As far as the pyramids go and the intellectual capacity involved, I would hasten to remind that it only takes one brilliant person who knows about these things and an administration that supports them. Same as today. Everybody is not Einstein but the entire culture that acknowledges that brilliance benefits from that genius. There needed to have been thus only a few brilliant architects commissioned to do the work and a lot of slave labor. The Bible suggests that different groups are given special knowledge and skills in certain areas that were perfected and then passed on to later generations. Some people are just naturally smart. Like a young genius I saw on Oprah that's a doctor or something. We superimpose far too much of our own cultural biases to the past. In the olden days everyone wasn't literate. It was something specialized. Plus who knows how much influence the demon angels attributed? In the meantime, the zodiac we even have today was invented in ancient Sumer. It's the same one passed on to the rest of the cultures, adopted by the Egyptians and later on the Greeks and then passed on to us. So the genius of one ancient man is still in effect. Also keep in mind that everybody is born dumb. They know nothing. Knowledge is passed on from the culture and the parents. If the child of two college professors who go on safari got lost in the jungle and raised by natives that child would not carry the knowledge of Western culture in his genes. In the meantime, if in turn those two college professors found an abandoned native child in the jungle and adopted it, took it back to England and put it through the best schools that native child could likely turn out quite impressive. So again, INCONCLUSIVE. When we look at great architecture, think of individual brilliance employed and put to use, not the entire culture, and not the incredibly stupid idea that man's intelligence was gradual over time as if he rose from the ape to his present level of intelligence, without a "missing link" anywhere in sight. Give me a break, paleeeze!
Finally, what about evidence of God and that he inspired the Bible? I've spoken with God personally myself. I'm of the anointed. I have seen the evidence of how holy spirit works among Christ's secret followers who have to meet and exchange information in a perfectly secretive manner. Christs secret society is protected and assisted by holy spirit. We are also seeing visions. I saw Jesus Christ once who appeared at the Kingdom Hall while I was trying to convince another young brother that probably if he felt he was of the "anointed" he was because the Bible says that the 11th-hour workers would become anointed at the last moment so that everybody ends up being invited into the heavenly class. And then just a FLASH took place and I saw the hem of this bright white garment walking toward the brother. It was amazing. It was Jesus himself. But it was the same description the Bible gives about the flashing white garment. Same with Jehovah. When I met him I was surprised he had this sort of mod-squad Afro, like the Jackson-5 used to wear! He looked like a fair-skinned black man. Yet when you read the Bible he is described as having hair like fine wool. So it has consistency with the Bible. Point being, modern miracles and experiences are contributing to further confidence in what the Bible says, whether or not scientists have found every last molecule of water that was involved with the flood or not. Sometimes there is not enough evidence of some things in the Bible. On the other hand, if you see modern-day miracles going on, then you figure ancient miracles are possible as well. So believing or not believing the flood is a little different for the anointed. We tend to think that scientists either don't have enough information to make an absolute conclusion about the flood, or possibly God is up to his usual tricks making the evidence confounding just to trip up the "wise in their own cunning." So while science lacks absolute proof of the flood, we do have some corroboration here and there of the possibility, like tropical vegetation that has been found underneath the ice of Antartica suggesting that once the poles were a tropical climate. Or mammoths being found in Siberia. So this could be a spiritual test for mankind. Believe the Bible and accept God's worth as truth. Or be fooled by the scientists who could in turn be fooled by God, and then when Armageddon comes you get whacked for being a non-believer, whereas those who were smart enough to trust the Bible and not scientists, who only see part of the whole picture, get rewarded with eternal life. So right, some of us are in a better position to know whether there was a global flood or not. The anointed are not concerned in the least about the truth of God's word. "For those with much, more is given." But I do feel sort of sorry for those who have to deal with the confusing and misinterpreted so-called "facts." I know most can't go there, but it's just a different perspective for the anointed than for those not so directly connected with God. It does make a difference.
Ooops! I know that was more like 25 cents than 2 cents, but there you have it.
Enjoy your debate folks! I don't need to see the program.