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From the Ted Talk by Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions

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Well, "Rare Earth" actually ______ me an awful lot about meeting the ______. Right after, I got an invitation to go to a science _______ __________, and with all great earnestness ______ in. David Brin was going to debate me on this, and as I walked in, the _____ of a hundred started booing lustily. I had a girl who came up who said, "My dad says you're the devil." You cannot take people's ______ away from them and expect to be anybody's friends. Well, the second part of that, soon after — and I was _______ to Paul Allen; I saw him in the audience, and I handed him a copy of "Rare Earth." And Jill Tarter was there, and she turned to me, and she looked at me just like that girl in "The Exorcist." It was, "It burns! It burns!" Because SETI doesn't want to hear this. SETI wants there to be stuff out there. I really applaud the SETI efforts, but we have not heard anything yet. And I really do think we have to start thinking about what's a good planet and what isn't.

Solution

  1. aliens
  2. taught
  3. talking
  4. public
  5. crowd
  6. fiction
  7. convention
  8. walked

Original Text

Well, "Rare Earth" actually taught me an awful lot about meeting the public. Right after, I got an invitation to go to a science fiction convention, and with all great earnestness walked in. David Brin was going to debate me on this, and as I walked in, the crowd of a hundred started booing lustily. I had a girl who came up who said, "My dad says you're the devil." You cannot take people's aliens away from them and expect to be anybody's friends. Well, the second part of that, soon after — and I was talking to Paul Allen; I saw him in the audience, and I handed him a copy of "Rare Earth." And Jill Tarter was there, and she turned to me, and she looked at me just like that girl in "The Exorcist." It was, "It burns! It burns!" Because SETI doesn't want to hear this. SETI wants there to be stuff out there. I really applaud the SETI efforts, but we have not heard anything yet. And I really do think we have to start thinking about what's a good planet and what isn't.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
hydrogen sulfide 13
mass extinctions 8
carbon dioxide 5
million years 5
mass extinction 4
billion years 3
fossil record 3
south africa 3
million hydrogen 3
critical care 3
science fiction 2
good planet 2
planet earth 2
microbial age 2
complex life 2
black rock 2
major mass 2
turns purple 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
million hydrogen sulfide 3

Important Words

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  4. awful
  5. booing
  6. brin
  7. convention
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  14. earnestness
  15. earth
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  17. exorcist
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  19. fiction
  20. friends
  21. girl
  22. good
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  25. hear
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  27. invitation
  28. jill
  29. looked
  30. lot
  31. lustily
  32. meeting
  33. part
  34. paul
  35. planet
  36. public
  37. science
  38. seti
  39. start
  40. started
  41. stuff
  42. talking
  43. tarter
  44. taught
  45. thinking
  46. turned
  47. walked