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From the Ted Talk by Eugenia Cheng: An unexpected tool for understanding inequality abstract math

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I poerrfm these pivots in my head to help me understand experiences from other people's points of view, which brings me to this possibly surprising conclusion: that abstract mathematics is hilhgy relevant to our daily lives and can even help us to understand and empathize with other peolpe. My wish is that everybody would try to understand other people more and work with them together, rather than contpemig with them and trying to show that they're wrong. And I believe that abstract mathematical thinking can help us achieve that.

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I _______ these pivots in my head to help me understand experiences from other people's points of view, which brings me to this possibly surprising conclusion: that abstract mathematics is ______ relevant to our daily lives and can even help us to understand and empathize with other ______. My wish is that everybody would try to understand other people more and work with them together, rather than _________ with them and trying to show that they're wrong. And I believe that abstract mathematical thinking can help us achieve that.

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  1. highly
  2. people
  3. perform
  4. competing

Original Text

I perform these pivots in my head to help me understand experiences from other people's points of view, which brings me to this possibly surprising conclusion: that abstract mathematics is highly relevant to our daily lives and can even help us to understand and empathize with other people. My wish is that everybody would try to understand other people more and work with them together, rather than competing with them and trying to show that they're wrong. And I believe that abstract mathematical thinking can help us achieve that.

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