Dr. Wibble’s astoundingly cramped view of what it means to give a good seminar makes it clear that there is need for further examination of this topic. Here I am lifting up out of the comments to this post my response to DrugMonkey’s correct conclusion that I was directing my advice there to trainees and junior faculty. This is an elaboration of my views on stage-specific purpose, and hence design, of a seminar talk.

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