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From the Ted Talk by Alexander MacDonald: How centuries of sci-fi sparked spaceflight

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I also wanted to tell you about Godwin, Poe and Verne because I think their stories also tell us of the importance of the stories that we tell each other about the future more generally. Because these stories don't just transmit information or ideas. They can also nurture passions, passions that can lead us to dcaiedte our lives to the realization of important projects. Which means that these stories can and do influence social and technological forces centuries into the future. I think we need to realize this and rmebemer it when we tell our stories. We need to work hard to write stories that don't just show us the possible dystopian paths we may take for a fear that the more dtpaysoin stories we tell each other, the more we plant seeds for possible dystopian futures. Instead we need to tell stories that palnt the seeds, if not necessarily for utopias, then at least for great new projects of technological, staoecil and institutional transformation. And if we think of this idea that the srietos we tell each other can tafornrsm the futrue is fanciful or impossible, then I think we need to remember the example of this, our voyage to the Moon, an idea from the 17th century that propagated clrtlaluuy for over 300 years until it could finally be realized.

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I also wanted to tell you about Godwin, Poe and Verne because I think their stories also tell us of the importance of the stories that we tell each other about the future more generally. Because these stories don't just transmit information or ideas. They can also nurture passions, passions that can lead us to ________ our lives to the realization of important projects. Which means that these stories can and do influence social and technological forces centuries into the future. I think we need to realize this and ________ it when we tell our stories. We need to work hard to write stories that don't just show us the possible dystopian paths we may take for a fear that the more _________ stories we tell each other, the more we plant seeds for possible dystopian futures. Instead we need to tell stories that _____ the seeds, if not necessarily for utopias, then at least for great new projects of technological, ________ and institutional transformation. And if we think of this idea that the _______ we tell each other can _________ the ______ is fanciful or impossible, then I think we need to remember the example of this, our voyage to the Moon, an idea from the 17th century that propagated __________ for over 300 years until it could finally be realized.

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  1. dedicate
  2. societal
  3. remember
  4. stories
  5. transform
  6. future
  7. culturally
  8. plant
  9. dystopian

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I also wanted to tell you about Godwin, Poe and Verne because I think their stories also tell us of the importance of the stories that we tell each other about the future more generally. Because these stories don't just transmit information or ideas. They can also nurture passions, passions that can lead us to dedicate our lives to the realization of important projects. Which means that these stories can and do influence social and technological forces centuries into the future. I think we need to realize this and remember it when we tell our stories. We need to work hard to write stories that don't just show us the possible dystopian paths we may take for a fear that the more dystopian stories we tell each other, the more we plant seeds for possible dystopian futures. Instead we need to tell stories that plant the seeds, if not necessarily for utopias, then at least for great new projects of technological, societal and institutional transformation. And if we think of this idea that the stories we tell each other can transform the future is fanciful or impossible, then I think we need to remember the example of this, our voyage to the Moon, an idea from the 17th century that propagated culturally for over 300 years until it could finally be realized.

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