When I started knitting with the gradiance colorways I did not set out to challenge the accepted practice, but by nature I am an optimizer and I am always trying to figure out the best way to do things, and that means you cannot be afraid to challenge accepted practice. It is not easy to do, and I still have to remind myself to not just follow instructions or tradition without at least thinking about it. So maybe there is some Buddhism in there too, in the form of mindfulness, knowing what you are doing and why you are doing it. I first started questioning the transition rows when I noticed that they actually introduced discontinuities in the color transitions because it was impossible to match the colors of the two skeins when you switched them in the transition. Sure, you could match that first switch, but any subsequent matches were pure luck, unless you were willing to cut your yarn, and there were enough ends to weave in already without adding any more. The more I thought about it, the more strongly I felt that, given the unique dyeing technique that is used, you could just let the yarn do all of the work for you.
So, here is my test case. I knit the Through the Looking Glass Shawl with transition rows, and Tart Berries & Honey without. Same colorway, different techniques. Why yes, I do have a science background.
The yarn is Luxe, by The Unique Sheep, in Tart Berries and Gold Mustard.