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From the Ted Talk by Emily Levine: How I made friends with reality

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You have to usatrdnned that we don't live in Newton's clockwork universe anymore. We live in a banana peel universe, and we won't ever be able to know everything or control everything or peircdt everything. Nature is like a self-driving car. The best we can be is like the old woman in that joke — I don't know if you've heard it. An old woman is driving with her middle-aged daughter in the passenger seat, and the mother goes right through a red light. And the deuagthr doesn't want to say anything that makes it sound like, "You're too old to drive," so she didn't say anything. And then the mother goes through a second red light, and the daughter, as tclfaltuy as possible, says, "Mom, are you aawre that you just went through two red lights?" And the mother says, "Oh, am I dnriivg?"

Open Cloze

You have to __________ that we don't live in Newton's clockwork universe anymore. We live in a banana peel universe, and we won't ever be able to know everything or control everything or _______ everything. Nature is like a self-driving car. The best we can be is like the old woman in that joke — I don't know if you've heard it. An old woman is driving with her middle-aged daughter in the passenger seat, and the mother goes right through a red light. And the ________ doesn't want to say anything that makes it sound like, "You're too old to drive," so she didn't say anything. And then the mother goes through a second red light, and the daughter, as _________ as possible, says, "Mom, are you _____ that you just went through two red lights?" And the mother says, "Oh, am I _______?"

Solution

  1. understand
  2. driving
  3. aware
  4. daughter
  5. predict
  6. tactfully

Original Text

You have to understand that we don't live in Newton's clockwork universe anymore. We live in a banana peel universe, and we won't ever be able to know everything or control everything or predict everything. Nature is like a self-driving car. The best we can be is like the old woman in that joke — I don't know if you've heard it. An old woman is driving with her middle-aged daughter in the passenger seat, and the mother goes right through a red light. And the daughter doesn't want to say anything that makes it sound like, "You're too old to drive," so she didn't say anything. And then the mother goes through a second red light, and the daughter, as tactfully as possible, says, "Mom, are you aware that you just went through two red lights?" And the mother says, "Oh, am I driving?"

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Important Words

  1. anymore
  2. aware
  3. banana
  4. car
  5. clockwork
  6. control
  7. daughter
  8. drive
  9. driving
  10. heard
  11. joke
  12. light
  13. lights
  14. live
  15. mother
  16. nature
  17. passenger
  18. peel
  19. predict
  20. red
  21. seat
  22. sound
  23. tactfully
  24. understand
  25. universe
  26. woman