Giving a presentation on touchy subjects


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This posting is about giving a presentation on touchy subjects. Everyone knows that academia is high on ego. And it’s understandably so: we have invested our lives into what we do. There’s no way to “not take it personally.” It’s our work, it’s our time, it’s our life’s work. 

So when giving a talk on a subject that goes beyond the current state of the art, it must be done with diplomatic tact. The nature of scientific research is that it goes forth from what was before it. So in going forth, it is necessary to be careful in how that’s done. Remember the egos involved.