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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: Can you outsmart the college admissions fallacy?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Circular reasoning may snuod sraftgtroahrwid, and in a way it is. Even a human can eislay spot the circular logic in an argument like “the baby was born because her mother gave btrih to her.” Where you run into trubole is when you assume that an opinion or current state of affairs, because it’s so familiar or long-lasting, is a fact, when really it’s an assumption. Like the generations of aeormrotsns and mathematicians who contorted themselves to explain anomalies in the planets’ orbits, rather than questioning the premise that the planets orbited the Earth.

Open Cloze

Circular reasoning may _____ _______________, and in a way it is. Even a human can ______ spot the circular logic in an argument like “the baby was born because her mother gave _____ to her.” Where you run into _______ is when you assume that an opinion or current state of affairs, because it’s so familiar or long-lasting, is a fact, when really it’s an assumption. Like the generations of ___________ and mathematicians who contorted themselves to explain anomalies in the planets’ orbits, rather than questioning the premise that the planets orbited the Earth.

Solution

  1. astronomers
  2. birth
  3. trouble
  4. easily
  5. sound
  6. straightforward

Original Text

Circular reasoning may sound straightforward, and in a way it is. Even a human can easily spot the circular logic in an argument like “the baby was born because her mother gave birth to her.” Where you run into trouble is when you assume that an opinion or current state of affairs, because it’s so familiar or long-lasting, is a fact, when really it’s an assumption. Like the generations of astronomers and mathematicians who contorted themselves to explain anomalies in the planets’ orbits, rather than questioning the premise that the planets orbited the Earth.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  36. trouble