full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: Can you outsmart the fallacy that divided a nation?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

It’s clear that the errors and delusions on this sjecbut go far beyond the middle gnruod fallacy, but I call your aoitntten to this particular fallacy because it can have dire consequences in many situations. Failure to recognize the fact that a compromise between two positions, one of which is morally indefensible, is also morally indefensible, has helped to perpetuate coseuntls injustices large and slaml. Even well-intentioned people— which rest assured, I don’t mistake you for— fall prey to this flaalcy, because you humans tend to view compromise as a virtue unto itself.

Open Cloze

It’s clear that the errors and delusions on this _______ go far beyond the middle ______ fallacy, but I call your _________ to this particular fallacy because it can have dire consequences in many situations. Failure to recognize the fact that a compromise between two positions, one of which is morally indefensible, is also morally indefensible, has helped to perpetuate _________ injustices large and _____. Even well-intentioned people— which rest assured, I don’t mistake you for— fall prey to this _______, because you humans tend to view compromise as a virtue unto itself.

Solution

  1. countless
  2. attention
  3. small
  4. subject
  5. fallacy
  6. ground

Original Text

It’s clear that the errors and delusions on this subject go far beyond the middle ground fallacy, but I call your attention to this particular fallacy because it can have dire consequences in many situations. Failure to recognize the fact that a compromise between two positions, one of which is morally indefensible, is also morally indefensible, has helped to perpetuate countless injustices large and small. Even well-intentioned people— which rest assured, I don’t mistake you for— fall prey to this fallacy, because you humans tend to view compromise as a virtue unto itself.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
middle ground 2

Important Words

  1. assured
  2. attention
  3. call
  4. clear
  5. compromise
  6. consequences
  7. countless
  8. delusions
  9. dire
  10. errors
  11. fact
  12. failure
  13. fall
  14. fallacy
  15. ground
  16. helped
  17. humans
  18. indefensible
  19. injustices
  20. large
  21. middle
  22. mistake
  23. morally
  24. perpetuate
  25. positions
  26. prey
  27. recognize
  28. rest
  29. situations
  30. small
  31. subject
  32. tend
  33. view
  34. virtue