Whatever, your "friend" is an idiot, I'd find another friend.
Yea I forgot to mention he is a semi-devout christian. Who thinks of evolution as foolish and thinks so much of evolution has been falsified. I think I am just going to stop emailing him from now on. He knows I am an atheist and at first he was really nice and kind about it and of course he did the old fashioned you'll be in my prayers tonight thing but then he wrote that. His name is Larry.
I don't know why, but I love it that you added that last sentence. I think it is incredible that anybody could think that evidence of dinosaurs and evolution has been falsified. I am sure that sometime, somewhere, some "evidence" was falsified, but ALL of it? Or even a lot of it? Really? This would have to be a scam of unrivaled parallel.
Larry needs to get out more, I think.
This is what I wrote back to Larry:
Seriously? Larry. What brought this up. Wow............anyway...it is a bit
stormy over here. Wait r u tricking me or somethin' because that whole dinosaur
thing u said was really random. How r u doing? I'm not shocked at all. Nice try
Well Piltdown man is repeatedly regurgitated as an example of fakery.
I remember one time I reeled off -- from memory -- a number of the NOT fake hominid/hominim ancestors of Homo Sapiens we know about today (I later realized I'd left some out and of course there are arguments which ones are actually distinct species) and the creationist I was talking to was genuinely surprised. Apparently she only knew the piltdown man story.
"His name is Larry."
His two brothers aren't both named Darrel are they? LOL
Forget him. Can't you see he's a conspiracy theorist? Once people fall into that mode of thinking, they are impervious to logic.
Try arguing with someone who thinks the moon landing was faked. It is like talking to a blank wall.
As for evolution, any other theory would be considered proven almost beyond doubt by the amount of evidence supporting it. Someone who does not think that evolution occurred and is occurring will never be convinced by any argument.
What I think he tried to say that there is so much evidence for evolution, that if that amount existed for some other theory, people would consider it proven almost beyond doubt (and certainly beyond any reasonable doubt) but that some people insist on treating evolution differently and ignore all that evidence.
People who are not capable of evaluating good evidence--particularly when it's utterly overwhelming--are handicapped by an ideological tendency toward willful ignorance. They must give up those mindless defenses on their own. Many simply cannot. They relish the conflict, too. Best make your firm. regretful position clear, if you can, and then be done with such a friend.
So what am I, chopped liver? Hmmm, chopped liver - sounds good --
RE: "Have I shocked you?" - "No, I long ago accepted the fact that some of us are more intelligent than others --"