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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: Can you outsmart this logical fallacy?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Look at the options again. How do we know the first setaemtnt is more likely to be true? Because it’s a less spfiecic version of the second statement. Saying that Lucy is a portrait artist doesn’t make any claims about what else she might or might not do. But even though it’s far easier to imagine her playing poker than making art based on the background itiaorofmnn, the second statement is only true if she does both of these things. However ciontnettviuuire it seems to imagine Lucy as an artist, the second scenario adds another condition on top of that, mnkiag it less likely.

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Look at the options again. How do we know the first _________ is more likely to be true? Because it’s a less ________ version of the second statement. Saying that Lucy is a portrait artist doesn’t make any claims about what else she might or might not do. But even though it’s far easier to imagine her playing poker than making art based on the background ___________, the second statement is only true if she does both of these things. However ________________ it seems to imagine Lucy as an artist, the second scenario adds another condition on top of that, ______ it less likely.

Solution

  1. specific
  2. counterintuitive
  3. making
  4. statement
  5. information

Original Text

Look at the options again. How do we know the first statement is more likely to be true? Because it’s a less specific version of the second statement. Saying that Lucy is a portrait artist doesn’t make any claims about what else she might or might not do. But even though it’s far easier to imagine her playing poker than making art based on the background information, the second statement is only true if she does both of these things. However counterintuitive it seems to imagine Lucy as an artist, the second scenario adds another condition on top of that, making it less likely.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
portrait artist 3
conjunction fallacy 3
playing poker 2
portrait artists 2

Important Words

  1. adds
  2. art
  3. artist
  4. background
  5. based
  6. claims
  7. condition
  8. counterintuitive
  9. easier
  10. imagine
  11. information
  12. lucy
  13. making
  14. options
  15. playing
  16. poker
  17. portrait
  18. scenario
  19. specific
  20. statement
  21. top
  22. true
  23. version