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From the Ted Talk "Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, I want to tell you a story about seeing tnleiedfryf, and all new perceptions begin in the same way. They begin with a question. The problem with questions is they create uncertainty. Now, uncertainty is a very bad thing. It's evolutionarily a bad thing. If you're not sure that's a dtearrop, it's too late. Okay? (Laughter) Even seasickness is a consequence of uncertainty. Right? If you go down below on a boat, your inner ears are you telling you you're moving. Your eyes, because it's vognmi in register with the boat, say I'm standing still. Your brain cannot deal with the uncertainty of that information, and it gets ill. The question "why?" is one of the most dangerous things you can do, because it takes you into uncertainty. And yet, the iynor is, the only way we can ever do anything new is to step into that espca. So how can we ever do anything new? Well fortunately, evolution has given us an awnser, right? And it enables us to address even the most difficult of questions. The best questions are the ones that create the most uncertainty. They're the ones that neusotiq the things we think to be true already. Right? It's easy to ask uesqoinst about how did life begin, or what extends beyond the universe, but to question what you think to be true already is really stepping into that space.

Open Cloze

Now, I want to tell you a story about seeing ___________, and all new perceptions begin in the same way. They begin with a question. The problem with questions is they create uncertainty. Now, uncertainty is a very bad thing. It's evolutionarily a bad thing. If you're not sure that's a ________, it's too late. Okay? (Laughter) Even seasickness is a consequence of uncertainty. Right? If you go down below on a boat, your inner ears are you telling you you're moving. Your eyes, because it's ______ in register with the boat, say I'm standing still. Your brain cannot deal with the uncertainty of that information, and it gets ill. The question "why?" is one of the most dangerous things you can do, because it takes you into uncertainty. And yet, the _____ is, the only way we can ever do anything new is to step into that _____. So how can we ever do anything new? Well fortunately, evolution has given us an ______, right? And it enables us to address even the most difficult of questions. The best questions are the ones that create the most uncertainty. They're the ones that ________ the things we think to be true already. Right? It's easy to ask _________ about how did life begin, or what extends beyond the universe, but to question what you think to be true already is really stepping into that space.

Solution

  1. space
  2. irony
  3. question
  4. predator
  5. moving
  6. differently
  7. questions
  8. answer

Original Text

Now, I want to tell you a story about seeing differently, and all new perceptions begin in the same way. They begin with a question. The problem with questions is they create uncertainty. Now, uncertainty is a very bad thing. It's evolutionarily a bad thing. If you're not sure that's a predator, it's too late. Okay? (Laughter) Even seasickness is a consequence of uncertainty. Right? If you go down below on a boat, your inner ears are you telling you you're moving. Your eyes, because it's moving in register with the boat, say I'm standing still. Your brain cannot deal with the uncertainty of that information, and it gets ill. The question "why?" is one of the most dangerous things you can do, because it takes you into uncertainty. And yet, the irony is, the only way we can ever do anything new is to step into that space. So how can we ever do anything new? Well fortunately, evolution has given us an answer, right? And it enables us to address even the most difficult of questions. The best questions are the ones that create the most uncertainty. They're the ones that question the things we think to be true already. Right? It's easy to ask questions about how did life begin, or what extends beyond the universe, but to question what you think to be true already is really stepping into that space.

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Important Words

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  2. answer
  3. bad
  4. boat
  5. brain
  6. consequence
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  15. evolution
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  22. irony
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  24. laughter
  25. life
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  28. predator
  29. problem
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  32. register
  33. seasickness
  34. space
  35. standing
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  38. story
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  40. telling
  41. true
  42. uncertainty
  43. universe