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From the Ted Talk "Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born"

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So what a fetus is nerliang about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a wrodl of abundance or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face noacstnt dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, irdhare one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing sitcnndioo like a finger lifted to the wind. The resulting tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other organs are trpa of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our abiylit to thrive in a huge variety of environments, from the orntyuc to the city, from the tundra to the desert.

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So what a fetus is ________ about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a _____ of abundance or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face ________ dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, _______ one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing __________ like a finger lifted to the wind. The resulting tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other organs are ____ of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our _______ to thrive in a huge variety of environments, from the _______ to the city, from the tundra to the desert.

Solution

  1. constant
  2. ability
  3. country
  4. harried
  5. part
  6. learning
  7. world
  8. conditions

Original Text

So what a fetus is learning about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a world of abundance or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face constant dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, harried one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing conditions like a finger lifted to the wind. The resulting tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other organs are part of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our ability to thrive in a huge variety of environments, from the country to the city, from the tundra to the desert.

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Important Words

  1. ability
  2. abundance
  3. answers
  4. born
  5. brain
  6. city
  7. clues
  8. conditions
  9. constant
  10. country
  11. critical
  12. dangers
  13. desert
  14. diet
  15. enormous
  16. environments
  17. face
  18. fetus
  19. finger
  20. flexibility
  21. fruitful
  22. give
  23. harried
  24. huge
  25. humans
  26. important
  27. learning
  28. level
  29. life
  30. lifted
  31. live
  32. long
  33. organs
  34. part
  35. pregnant
  36. prevailing
  37. protected
  38. provide
  39. questions
  40. resulting
  41. safe
  42. scarcity
  43. short
  44. stress
  45. survival
  46. threats
  47. thrive
  48. tundra
  49. tuning
  50. tweaking
  51. utero
  52. variety
  53. wind
  54. world