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From the Ted Talk by Daniel Gregory: How do you know you're not dreaming?

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There has to be a surefire test— something that never— or only— happens when you’re awake, something that never— or only— happens in a dream. Wake up. No, that isn’t it— you can wake up in a dream. pcnih yourself. If it hurts, aren’t you really awkae? Try to read or write something. Run around the room. Does your pace seem nmaorl or suspiciously slow? Suspiciously fast? Can’t tell? Try to remember the last time you ran. Actually, that brings us to an even better test from the 17th cerunty French philosopher René Descartes. He pointed out that in our miemeors, dreams are disconnected— the events of a dream don’t fit in to the chain of entevs in our waking lives.

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There has to be a surefire test— something that never— or only— happens when you’re awake, something that never— or only— happens in a dream. Wake up. No, that isn’t it— you can wake up in a dream. _____ yourself. If it hurts, aren’t you really _____? Try to read or write something. Run around the room. Does your pace seem ______ or suspiciously slow? Suspiciously fast? Can’t tell? Try to remember the last time you ran. Actually, that brings us to an even better test from the 17th _______ French philosopher René Descartes. He pointed out that in our ________, dreams are disconnected— the events of a dream don’t fit in to the chain of ______ in our waking lives.

Solution

  1. events
  2. normal
  3. pinch
  4. memories
  5. century
  6. awake

Original Text

There has to be a surefire test— something that never— or only— happens when you’re awake, something that never— or only— happens in a dream. Wake up. No, that isn’t it— you can wake up in a dream. Pinch yourself. If it hurts, aren’t you really awake? Try to read or write something. Run around the room. Does your pace seem normal or suspiciously slow? Suspiciously fast? Can’t tell? Try to remember the last time you ran. Actually, that brings us to an even better test from the 17th century French philosopher René Descartes. He pointed out that in our memories, dreams are disconnected— the events of a dream don’t fit in to the chain of events in our waking lives.

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