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From the Ted Talk by Michael Pollan: A plant's-eye view

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We have a grammar that suggests that's who we are; that we are sovereign subjects in nature, the bee as well as me. I plant the potatoes, I weed the geardn, I domesticate the sepceis. But that day, it occurred to me: what if that grammar is nothing more than a self-serving conceit? Because, of course, the bee thinks he's in charge or she's in charge, but we know better. We know that what's going on between the bee and that flower is that bee has been clerlevy manipulated by that flower. And when I say manipulated, I'm talking about in a Darwinian sense, right? I mean it has evolved a very specific set of traits — cloor, scent, flavor, ptatern — that has leurd that bee in. And the bee has been cleverly foleod into taking the nectar, and also picking up some powder on its leg, and going off to the next blossom. The bee is not canllig the shots. And I realized then, I wasn't either.

Open Cloze

We have a grammar that suggests that's who we are; that we are sovereign subjects in nature, the bee as well as me. I plant the potatoes, I weed the ______, I domesticate the _______. But that day, it occurred to me: what if that grammar is nothing more than a self-serving conceit? Because, of course, the bee thinks he's in charge or she's in charge, but we know better. We know that what's going on between the bee and that flower is that bee has been ________ manipulated by that flower. And when I say manipulated, I'm talking about in a Darwinian sense, right? I mean it has evolved a very specific set of traits — _____, scent, flavor, _______ — that has _____ that bee in. And the bee has been cleverly ______ into taking the nectar, and also picking up some powder on its leg, and going off to the next blossom. The bee is not _______ the shots. And I realized then, I wasn't either.

Solution

  1. lured
  2. cleverly
  3. garden
  4. color
  5. fooled
  6. species
  7. pattern
  8. calling

Original Text

We have a grammar that suggests that's who we are; that we are sovereign subjects in nature, the bee as well as me. I plant the potatoes, I weed the garden, I domesticate the species. But that day, it occurred to me: what if that grammar is nothing more than a self-serving conceit? Because, of course, the bee thinks he's in charge or she's in charge, but we know better. We know that what's going on between the bee and that flower is that bee has been cleverly manipulated by that flower. And when I say manipulated, I'm talking about in a Darwinian sense, right? I mean it has evolved a very specific set of traits — color, scent, flavor, pattern — that has lured that bee in. And the bee has been cleverly fooled into taking the nectar, and also picking up some powder on its leg, and going off to the next blossom. The bee is not calling the shots. And I realized then, I wasn't either.

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Important Words

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