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“”Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon — it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory.
As such "debating techniques" are not limited to creationists, the phrase has entered the general Internet lexicon, together with the source quotation, which is sometimes cited as an anonymous "Internet law". The reference to creationists is usually replaced with whatever group the user is arguing with.
Andrew Schlafly was similarly described for his contributions to Usenet talk.origins in 2002: "I tried it for a while, but arguing with Andy is like playing chess with a small child who doesn't know the rules."
- Not even wrong
- Dunning-Kruger effect
- Could be confused with  "Playing Checkers With Pidgeons" appearing in a Sesame Street sketch from 1978