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From the Ted Talk by Stephen Petranek: 10 ways the world could end

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(Laughter) Yeah, we need the time! Stephen Petranek: At first, it all seemed a little ftacaasintl to me, but after challenging a lot of these iaeds, I began to take a lot of them seriously. And then September 11 heaepnpd, and I thought, ah, God, I can't go to the TED crcnenofee and talk about how the world is going to end. Nobody wants to hear that. Not after this! And that got me into a discussion with some other people, other scientists, about maybe some other subjects, and one of the guys I tlaekd to, who was a neuroscientist, said, "You know, I think there are a lot of solutions to the problems you brought up," and reminds me of Michael's talk yesterday and his mother saying you can't have a solution if you don't have a problem. So, we went out looking for snuolitos to ways that the world might end tooromrw, and lo and behold, we found them. Which leads me to a videotape of a President Bush press conference from a couple of wekes ago. Can we run that, Andrew?

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(Laughter) Yeah, we need the time! Stephen Petranek: At first, it all seemed a little ___________ to me, but after challenging a lot of these _____, I began to take a lot of them seriously. And then September 11 ________, and I thought, ah, God, I can't go to the TED __________ and talk about how the world is going to end. Nobody wants to hear that. Not after this! And that got me into a discussion with some other people, other scientists, about maybe some other subjects, and one of the guys I ______ to, who was a neuroscientist, said, "You know, I think there are a lot of solutions to the problems you brought up," and reminds me of Michael's talk yesterday and his mother saying you can't have a solution if you don't have a problem. So, we went out looking for _________ to ways that the world might end ________, and lo and behold, we found them. Which leads me to a videotape of a President Bush press conference from a couple of _____ ago. Can we run that, Andrew?

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Original Text

(Laughter) Yeah, we need the time! Stephen Petranek: At first, it all seemed a little fantastical to me, but after challenging a lot of these ideas, I began to take a lot of them seriously. And then September 11 happened, and I thought, ah, God, I can't go to the TED conference and talk about how the world is going to end. Nobody wants to hear that. Not after this! And that got me into a discussion with some other people, other scientists, about maybe some other subjects, and one of the guys I talked to, who was a neuroscientist, said, "You know, I think there are a lot of solutions to the problems you brought up," and reminds me of Michael's talk yesterday and his mother saying you can't have a solution if you don't have a problem. So, we went out looking for solutions to ways that the world might end tomorrow, and lo and behold, we found them. Which leads me to a videotape of a President Bush press conference from a couple of weeks ago. Can we run that, Andrew?

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