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"From the Ted Talk by Paul Bloom: Can prejudice ever be a good thing?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So Adam stimh starts by asking you to imagine the death of thousands of people, and imagine that the thanuodss of people are in a country you are not familiar with. It could be China or idina or a country in Africa. And Smith says, how would you respond? And you would say, well that's too bad, and you'd go on to the rest of your life. If you were to open up The New York Times online or something, and discover this, and in fact this happens to us all the time, we go about our lives. But imagine instead, Smith says, you were to learn that tomorrow you were to have your little finger chopped off. Smith says, that would mtetar a lot. You would not sleep that night wondering about that. So this raises the question: Would you sacrifice thousands of lives to save your little finger? Now answer this in the piavrcy of your own head, but Smith says, absolutely not, what a hiorrd thought. And so this raises the question, and so, as Smith puts it, "When our passive fieelgns are almost always so sordid and so selfish, how comes it that our active pplnriiecs should often be so generous and so nlobe?" And Smith's answer is, "It is reason, principle, conscience. [This] clals to us, with a vicoe claabpe of astonishing the most presumptuous of our passions, that we are but one of the multitude, in no respect better than any other in it."

Open Cloze

So Adam _____ starts by asking you to imagine the death of thousands of people, and imagine that the _________ of people are in a country you are not familiar with. It could be China or _____ or a country in Africa. And Smith says, how would you respond? And you would say, well that's too bad, and you'd go on to the rest of your life. If you were to open up The New York Times online or something, and discover this, and in fact this happens to us all the time, we go about our lives. But imagine instead, Smith says, you were to learn that tomorrow you were to have your little finger chopped off. Smith says, that would ______ a lot. You would not sleep that night wondering about that. So this raises the question: Would you sacrifice thousands of lives to save your little finger? Now answer this in the _______ of your own head, but Smith says, absolutely not, what a ______ thought. And so this raises the question, and so, as Smith puts it, "When our passive ________ are almost always so sordid and so selfish, how comes it that our active __________ should often be so generous and so _____?" And Smith's answer is, "It is reason, principle, conscience. [This] _____ to us, with a _____ _______ of astonishing the most presumptuous of our passions, that we are but one of the multitude, in no respect better than any other in it."

Solution

  1. india
  2. calls
  3. noble
  4. feelings
  5. smith
  6. capable
  7. horrid
  8. voice
  9. privacy
  10. principles
  11. thousands
  12. matter

Original Text

So Adam Smith starts by asking you to imagine the death of thousands of people, and imagine that the thousands of people are in a country you are not familiar with. It could be China or India or a country in Africa. And Smith says, how would you respond? And you would say, well that's too bad, and you'd go on to the rest of your life. If you were to open up The New York Times online or something, and discover this, and in fact this happens to us all the time, we go about our lives. But imagine instead, Smith says, you were to learn that tomorrow you were to have your little finger chopped off. Smith says, that would matter a lot. You would not sleep that night wondering about that. So this raises the question: Would you sacrifice thousands of lives to save your little finger? Now answer this in the privacy of your own head, but Smith says, absolutely not, what a horrid thought. And so this raises the question, and so, as Smith puts it, "When our passive feelings are almost always so sordid and so selfish, how comes it that our active principles should often be so generous and so noble?" And Smith's answer is, "It is reason, principle, conscience. [This] calls to us, with a voice capable of astonishing the most presumptuous of our passions, that we are but one of the multitude, in no respect better than any other in it."

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