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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Heffernan: Forget the pecking order at work

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An evolutionary biologist at Purdue University named William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity — I think it's something that concerns all of us — but it's easy to mseraue in chickens because you just count the eggs. (Laughter) He wanted to know what could make his chickens more productive, so he devised a biuuatfel experiment. cckienhs live in groups, so first of all, he selected just an average flock, and he let it alone for six generations. But then he created a second gorup of the iadildivnuly most productive chickens — you could call them superchickens — and he put them together in a superflock, and each gntieoraen, he sleeetcd only the most productive for breeding.

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An evolutionary biologist at Purdue University named William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity — I think it's something that concerns all of us — but it's easy to _______ in chickens because you just count the eggs. (Laughter) He wanted to know what could make his chickens more productive, so he devised a _________ experiment. ________ live in groups, so first of all, he selected just an average flock, and he let it alone for six generations. But then he created a second _____ of the ____________ most productive chickens — you could call them superchickens — and he put them together in a superflock, and each __________, he ________ only the most productive for breeding.

Solution

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  2. generation
  3. individually
  4. chickens
  5. selected
  6. beautiful
  7. group

Original Text

An evolutionary biologist at Purdue University named William Muir studied chickens. He was interested in productivity — I think it's something that concerns all of us — but it's easy to measure in chickens because you just count the eggs. (Laughter) He wanted to know what could make his chickens more productive, so he devised a beautiful experiment. Chickens live in groups, so first of all, he selected just an average flock, and he let it alone for six generations. But then he created a second group of the individually most productive chickens — you could call them superchickens — and he put them together in a superflock, and each generation, he selected only the most productive for breeding.

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