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From the Ted Talk by Eric Hinterman: How going to Mars improves life on Earth

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I want you to imagine in the past a group of people that live on a South Pacific island. They've been there, isolated, for over a thousand years, living generation after generation. They had no idea what was across the water, and it was incredibly dangerous to try an expedition to go find out. One day, the volcano that had formed the island initially, erupted, and wepid out the ertnie ciiiavitolzn on the ianlsd. In one day, their 1,000-year-old ctruule venasihd. Some of us might think: if only they had taken a leap and ventured out beyond their island and gone to other places. We might still know what their culture was and know more about them as a people.

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I want you to imagine in the past a group of people that live on a South Pacific island. They've been there, isolated, for over a thousand years, living generation after generation. They had no idea what was across the water, and it was incredibly dangerous to try an expedition to go find out. One day, the volcano that had formed the island initially, erupted, and _____ out the ______ ____________ on the ______. In one day, their 1,000-year-old _______ ________. Some of us might think: if only they had taken a leap and ventured out beyond their island and gone to other places. We might still know what their culture was and know more about them as a people.

Solution

  1. culture
  2. entire
  3. wiped
  4. vanished
  5. civilization
  6. island

Original Text

I want you to imagine in the past a group of people that live on a South Pacific island. They've been there, isolated, for over a thousand years, living generation after generation. They had no idea what was across the water, and it was incredibly dangerous to try an expedition to go find out. One day, the volcano that had formed the island initially, erupted, and wiped out the entire civilization on the island. In one day, their 1,000-year-old culture vanished. Some of us might think: if only they had taken a leap and ventured out beyond their island and gone to other places. We might still know what their culture was and know more about them as a people.

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