Monkey See, Monkey Do
In writing my book and questioning the “standard” approach that people have used to give scientific presentations, I have often wondered if people stick to convention because that’s all they’ve seen. They see an outline slide or a meaningless “thank you!” slide and think, “Yeah, that’s the way to do it right.”
The question is what would happen if you could design scientific communication from scratch. Would you design a scientific conference the way it exists now? Would talks even exist, let alone PowerPoint presentations?
If you allow people to be creative and not to allow them to be biased by the past, would they have developed the traditional scientific presentation?