RE: The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint
I'd be interested in reading those 'disproofs'. The problem with the cognitive approach is accepting unprovable voodoo about mental operations. Tufte is overrated. He makes good points that out bad style habits (e.g., chartjunk), but if I arranged music like he arranges data, it would all sound like bad Bach: lotsa notes in search of a backbeat and only one kind of instrument playing all the parts. Chartjunk is like giving a stretto to the tubas. I gave a speech for a conference in Vancouver some years ago where the entire screen show was a group of 3D animated acronyms floating in the soup. The bullets were on the page in front of me. The bullets kept me on track while the animation kept the listeners' eyes on something else. Nothing is remembered of that speech because it wasn't memorable. When you're hot, you're hot. When you're not, you can't give it away. len (a behaviorist because it's reliable) From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@m...] > > Tools do affect the way we think just as languages, a tool of sort, > > affects the way we think. It has less to do with the audience or Not to spiral too quickly off-topic, but I wanted to point out that Sapir-Whorf has been thoroughly discredited, and although it makes for good plotlines in books like "Snow Crash" and lends an air of mysterious authority to persons like Chomsky; the thesis that language shapes cognition is highly overrated.
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