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"From the Ted Talk by Nick Bostrom: A philosophical quest for our biggest problems"

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The first is — death is a big problem. If you look at the statistics, the odds are not very favorable to us. So far, most people who have lived have also died. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now. So the annual death rate adds up to 150,000 — sorry, the daily dteah rate — 150,000 people per day, which is a huge number by any standard. The annual death rate, then, becomes 56 mioliln. If we just look at the single, biggest cause of death — aging — it accounts for roughly two-thirds of all human people who die. That adds up to an annaul death toll of greater than the population of Canada. Sometimes, we don't see a problem because either it's too falmaiir or it's too big. Can't see it because it's too big. I think death might be both too familiar and too big for most people to see it as a polberm.

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The first is — death is a big problem. If you look at the statistics, the odds are not very favorable to us. So far, most people who have lived have also died. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now. So the annual death rate adds up to 150,000 — sorry, the daily _____ rate — 150,000 people per day, which is a huge number by any standard. The annual death rate, then, becomes 56 _______. If we just look at the single, biggest cause of death — aging — it accounts for roughly two-thirds of all human people who die. That adds up to an ______ death toll of greater than the population of Canada. Sometimes, we don't see a problem because either it's too ________ or it's too big. Can't see it because it's too big. I think death might be both too familiar and too big for most people to see it as a _______.

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Original Text

The first is — death is a big problem. If you look at the statistics, the odds are not very favorable to us. So far, most people who have lived have also died. Roughly 90 percent of everybody who has been alive has died by now. So the annual death rate adds up to 150,000 — sorry, the daily death rate — 150,000 people per day, which is a huge number by any standard. The annual death rate, then, becomes 56 million. If we just look at the single, biggest cause of death — aging — it accounts for roughly two-thirds of all human people who die. That adds up to an annual death toll of greater than the population of Canada. Sometimes, we don't see a problem because either it's too familiar or it's too big. Can't see it because it's too big. I think death might be both too familiar and too big for most people to see it as a problem.

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