I'm frequently amazed by what people don't know. When my first chapter was returned to me, I was shocked to discover that my committee found my discussion of the Weismannian theory of germ-plasm perplexing in the extreme. Wait—did I write "discussion"? Because I didn't discuss it so much as parachute the concept in, figuring its relevance would be immediately apprehensible.
It wasn't. In an effort to avoid this situation from arising again, I submit the following questions:
If I say the word "atavism," do you know what I'm talking about?
Your answers will dictate whether I include a very, very detailed explanation of atavism in its various guises or briefly mention it on my way to a fulsome discussion of its place in Before Adam and The Iron Heel. Just think, this is your chance to determine the fate of an entire paragraph in a document very few people will ever read. Use your power wisely.