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"From the Ted Talk by Amy Herman: A lesson on looking"

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It may sound crtuutinioetvine to say what isn't there, but it's really a very valuable tool. When a dceitvete who had learned about visual intelligence in notrh Carolina was called to the crime scene, it was a boating fatality, and the eyewitness told this detective that the boat had flipped over and the occupant had drowned underneath. Now, instinctively, crime scene investigators look for what is apparent, but this detective did something different. He looked for what wasn't there, which is harder to do. And he raised the question: if the boat had really tepipd fleppid over — as the eyewitness said that it did — how come the papers that were kept at one end of the boat were completely dry? Based on that one small but critical observation, the investigation shifted from aincdaectl death to homicide.

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It may sound ________________ to say what isn't there, but it's really a very valuable tool. When a _________ who had learned about visual intelligence in _____ Carolina was called to the crime scene, it was a boating fatality, and the eyewitness told this detective that the boat had flipped over and the occupant had drowned underneath. Now, instinctively, crime scene investigators look for what is apparent, but this detective did something different. He looked for what wasn't there, which is harder to do. And he raised the question: if the boat had really ______ _______ over — as the eyewitness said that it did — how come the papers that were kept at one end of the boat were completely dry? Based on that one small but critical observation, the investigation shifted from __________ death to homicide.

Solution

  1. detective
  2. counterintuitive
  3. north
  4. accidental
  5. flipped
  6. tipped

Original Text

It may sound counterintuitive to say what isn't there, but it's really a very valuable tool. When a detective who had learned about visual intelligence in North Carolina was called to the crime scene, it was a boating fatality, and the eyewitness told this detective that the boat had flipped over and the occupant had drowned underneath. Now, instinctively, crime scene investigators look for what is apparent, but this detective did something different. He looked for what wasn't there, which is harder to do. And he raised the question: if the boat had really tipped flipped over — as the eyewitness said that it did — how come the papers that were kept at one end of the boat were completely dry? Based on that one small but critical observation, the investigation shifted from accidental death to homicide.

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visual intelligence 6
crime scene 3

Important Words

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  32. scene
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  38. tool
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  40. visual