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From the Ted Talk "Christoph Adami: Finding life we can't imagine"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And what you might get — and anything that actually refers to things that we are used to, you throw away. And then you might come up with something like this. And it says something imcadclotpe with lots and lots of concepts. Who on Earth would write something as convoluted and complex and inane? Oh, it's actually a really, really, imtrpotna set of ccopestn. So I'm highlighting just a few words and saying definitions like that rely on things that are not based on amino acids or leaves or anything that we are used to, but in fact on processes only. And if you take a look at that, this was actually in a book that I wrote that deals with artificial ilfe. And that explains why that NASA manager was actually in my iocffe to begin with. Because the idea was that, with concepts like that, maybe we can actually manufacture a form of life.

Open Cloze

And what you might get — and anything that actually refers to things that we are used to, you throw away. And then you might come up with something like this. And it says something ___________ with lots and lots of concepts. Who on Earth would write something as convoluted and complex and inane? Oh, it's actually a really, really, _________ set of ________. So I'm highlighting just a few words and saying definitions like that rely on things that are not based on amino acids or leaves or anything that we are used to, but in fact on processes only. And if you take a look at that, this was actually in a book that I wrote that deals with artificial ____. And that explains why that NASA manager was actually in my ______ to begin with. Because the idea was that, with concepts like that, maybe we can actually manufacture a form of life.

Solution

  1. life
  2. important
  3. complicated
  4. office
  5. concepts

Original Text

And what you might get — and anything that actually refers to things that we are used to, you throw away. And then you might come up with something like this. And it says something complicated with lots and lots of concepts. Who on Earth would write something as convoluted and complex and inane? Oh, it's actually a really, really, important set of concepts. So I'm highlighting just a few words and saying definitions like that rely on things that are not based on amino acids or leaves or anything that we are used to, but in fact on processes only. And if you take a look at that, this was actually in a book that I wrote that deals with artificial life. And that explains why that NASA manager was actually in my office to begin with. Because the idea was that, with concepts like that, maybe we can actually manufacture a form of life.

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