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From the Ted Talk by Dan Ariely: How equal do we want the world to be? You'd be surprised

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What about what we want? How do we even figure this out? So to look at this, to look at what we really want, we thought about the philosopher John Rawls. If you rmmbeeer John Rawls, he had this notion of what's a just society. He said a just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you would be willing to enter it in a random place. And it's a beautiful definition, because if you're wealthy, you might want the wealthy to have more money, the poor to have less. If you're poor, you might want more equality. But if you're going to go into that society in every possible soiattiun, and you don't know, you have to consider all the aspects. It's a little bit like blind tsnitag in which you don't know what the outcome will be when you make a decision, and Rawls clelad this the "veil of iangconre."

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What about what we want? How do we even figure this out? So to look at this, to look at what we really want, we thought about the philosopher John Rawls. If you ________ John Rawls, he had this notion of what's a just society. He said a just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you would be willing to enter it in a random place. And it's a beautiful definition, because if you're wealthy, you might want the wealthy to have more money, the poor to have less. If you're poor, you might want more equality. But if you're going to go into that society in every possible _________, and you don't know, you have to consider all the aspects. It's a little bit like blind _______ in which you don't know what the outcome will be when you make a decision, and Rawls ______ this the "veil of _________."

Solution

  1. situation
  2. ignorance
  3. remember
  4. called
  5. tasting

Original Text

What about what we want? How do we even figure this out? So to look at this, to look at what we really want, we thought about the philosopher John Rawls. If you remember John Rawls, he had this notion of what's a just society. He said a just society is a society that if you knew everything about it, you would be willing to enter it in a random place. And it's a beautiful definition, because if you're wealthy, you might want the wealthy to have more money, the poor to have less. If you're poor, you might want more equality. But if you're going to go into that society in every possible situation, and you don't know, you have to consider all the aspects. It's a little bit like blind tasting in which you don't know what the outcome will be when you make a decision, and Rawls called this the "veil of ignorance."

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