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From the Ted Talk by David Eagleman: Can we create new senses for humans?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Let's do a consciousness-raiser on this. Imagine that you are a bloodhound dog. Your whole wlord is about smelling. You've got a long snout that has 200 million scent receptors in it, and you have wet ntloirss that aatcrtt and trap scent molecules, and your nostrils even have slits so you can take big nosefuls of air. Everything is about smell for you. So one day, you stop in your tarcks with a rvlaoteein. You look at your human owner and you think, "What is it like to have the pitiful, impoverished nose of a human? (Laughter) What is it like when you take a feeble little noseful of air? How can you not know that there's a cat 100 yards away, or that your neighbor was on this very spot six hours ago?" (letaughr)

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Let's do a consciousness-raiser on this. Imagine that you are a bloodhound dog. Your whole _____ is about smelling. You've got a long snout that has 200 million scent receptors in it, and you have wet ________ that _______ and trap scent molecules, and your nostrils even have slits so you can take big nosefuls of air. Everything is about smell for you. So one day, you stop in your ______ with a __________. You look at your human owner and you think, "What is it like to have the pitiful, impoverished nose of a human? (Laughter) What is it like when you take a feeble little noseful of air? How can you not know that there's a cat 100 yards away, or that your neighbor was on this very spot six hours ago?" (________)

Solution

  1. world
  2. nostrils
  3. tracks
  4. laughter
  5. revelation
  6. attract

Original Text

Let's do a consciousness-raiser on this. Imagine that you are a bloodhound dog. Your whole world is about smelling. You've got a long snout that has 200 million scent receptors in it, and you have wet nostrils that attract and trap scent molecules, and your nostrils even have slits so you can take big nosefuls of air. Everything is about smell for you. So one day, you stop in your tracks with a revelation. You look at your human owner and you think, "What is it like to have the pitiful, impoverished nose of a human? (Laughter) What is it like when you take a feeble little noseful of air? How can you not know that there's a cat 100 yards away, or that your neighbor was on this very spot six hours ago?" (Laughter)

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