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From the Ted Talk by Nicholas Christakis: How social networks predict epidemics

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In fact, the availability of these data, I think, heralds a kind of new era of what I and others would like to call "computational social science." It's sort of like when Galileo invented — or, didn't invent — came to use a telescope and could see the hnveaes in a new way, or Leeuwenhoek became aware of the microscope — or actually invented — and could see blogioy in a new way. But now we have acescs to these kinds of data that allow us to understand social processes and social phenomena in an entirely new way that was never before possible. And with this science, we can usaenrtndd how exactly the whole comes to be greater than the sum of its parts. And actually, we can use these insights to iprvome society and improve human well-being.

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In fact, the availability of these data, I think, heralds a kind of new era of what I and others would like to call "computational social science." It's sort of like when Galileo invented — or, didn't invent — came to use a telescope and could see the _______ in a new way, or Leeuwenhoek became aware of the microscope — or actually invented — and could see _______ in a new way. But now we have ______ to these kinds of data that allow us to understand social processes and social phenomena in an entirely new way that was never before possible. And with this science, we can __________ how exactly the whole comes to be greater than the sum of its parts. And actually, we can use these insights to _______ society and improve human well-being.

Solution

  1. biology
  2. access
  3. heavens
  4. improve
  5. understand

Original Text

In fact, the availability of these data, I think, heralds a kind of new era of what I and others would like to call "computational social science." It's sort of like when Galileo invented — or, didn't invent — came to use a telescope and could see the heavens in a new way, or Leeuwenhoek became aware of the microscope — or actually invented — and could see biology in a new way. But now we have access to these kinds of data that allow us to understand social processes and social phenomena in an entirely new way that was never before possible. And with this science, we can understand how exactly the whole comes to be greater than the sum of its parts. And actually, we can use these insights to improve society and improve human well-being.

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