My post called “Is Evolution a Theory” has 127 comments! However, many of them are complete Creationist nonsense — like these little moles. Fortunately, I have some very educated, generous readers who share fantastic info in their comments. One of those readers, Ian, while correcting a creationist said,
“At least then we might be able to have a sane discussion about some topic. Rather than playing rhetorical whack-a-mole.”
I had not heard the expression “whack-a-mole” so I looked it up. It is a fantastic description of a common form of debating. I actually have a post called “Fart Logic” that describes a similar style of bad debate. Anyway, I was so excited to learn the phrase “whack-a-mole” that I created these series of images appropriate to the context Ian mentioned it in. Hope you enjoy them!
The Wiki article on “Whack-a-Mole” mentions several uses of the phrase:
- a repetitious and futile task: each time an adversary is “whacked” it only pops up again somewhere else.
- It is used in the computer and networking industry to describe the phenomenon of fending off recurring spammers, vandals or miscreants.
- In the military it refers to ostensibly inferior opposing troops who keep re-appearing.
Ian works in computer science (and other fields) but I can also imagine him having a few arcade games in basement with whack-a-mole being one of them.