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For my science communication friends. Here’s a gem, belatedly discovered but too good not to share: Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, Doug Zongker’s Powerpoint presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science humor session, February 16, 2007. A good spoof of many dreary scientific presentations. Watch for him hurrying up at the end when the bell goes. It sounds to me as if there are some raucous chickens in the audience, and the extra slide for the Q&A is a nice touch.

“Chicken” will now surely be the one word answer in many scientific circles to the question “What did you think [of the presentation]?”

The original paper is compelling.

3 Responses to “Science Communication: Sounds Like Chicken”

  1. secret wombat says:

    Thanks for that – enjoyed it. I think PowerPoint is one of the most over- and mis-used tools on Earth. I acknowledge that many scientific presentations require the presentation of data etc, BY FAR the best presentations I’ve ever seen have either had no visual aids or have had images and no or very very few words. Have a look at http://norvig.com/Gettysburg/ for an example of how Powepoint completely drains the speech of its power, impact and moment.

  2. Eats Wombats says:

    G’day mate. Glad you liked the chooks.

    You’ve seen this one: http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_pp ?

  3. secret wombat says:

    Yep – but thank you. I’d forgotten Tufte’s name and was trying to find that site. If I’m required to do a farewell Thursday seminar, I think I’ll include a section on how not to use PowerPoint.

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