Presentation Design Methodology: Understanding Complex Concepts

This article explores how we understand complex ideas, focusing on two main ways: creating new knowledge or adopting others' ideas. It discusses the importance of presenting complex topics clearly, especially in presentations.

How do you know when you understand something?

I've been exploring the topic of understanding for some time now —particularly, the understanding of complex concepts. What influences understanding, what facilitates it? What occurs in our brain at the exact moment of understanding?

And it's not just about those a-ha moments, but also about everyday understanding. You speak, and I understand what you're saying.

On the surface, it seems we can put understanding into one of two groups:

1) You essentially generate new knowledge within your brain (new to you, at least), based on the incoming signals/data.

2) You internalize someone else’s knowledge, also based on the incoming signals/data.

The latter seems closer to "belief" rather than understanding, but from a subjective standpoint, these two (generation vs. internalization) can feel quite similar, right?

Creating PowerPoints for Complex Topics

When you’re about to give a presentation on a sophisticated idea, it’s crucial to understand how you can facilitate the understanding of this presentation by investors.

Here are a few books (classics and modern classics), that help a lot to educate yourself around that topic.

  1. "Thinking and Deciding" by Jonathan Baron - This book delves into how we think, decide, and reason, including how we come to understand or misunderstand information. Baron explores the psychological processes behind decision-making and judgment, offering insights into how understanding is formed or impeded.
  2. "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature" by Steven Pinker - Pinker's book is a fascinating exploration of how language shapes our understanding of the world. It addresses how our use of words reflects our understanding and how language can both clarify and confuse our perception of reality.
  3. "The Silent Language" by Edward T. Hall - Hall's classic work on intercultural communication explores how people from different cultures communicate and often misunderstand each other. It's a foundational text in understanding nonverbal communication and the unspoken elements that influence understanding.
  4. "Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter - This Pulitzer Prize-winning book discusses concepts of consciousness, self-reference, and formal rules, weaving an intricate narrative through the works of Gödel, Escher, and Bach. It's a deep dive into how minds emerge from mechanical systems.
  5. "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee - This book explores the theory of how the brain works, particularly focusing on the neocortex and its role in memory, perception, and cognition. It’s a more recent addition to the literature but offers a unique perspective on understanding.

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