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"From the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson: How the "ghost map" helped end a killer disease"

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And they had already started building the sewers in London, and they immediately went to this outbreak and they told everybody to start boiling their water. And that was the last time that London has seen a cholera outbreak since. So, part of this story, I think — well, it's a terrifying story, it's a very dark sotry and it's a story that cieutnnos on in many of the developing ceitis of the world. It's also a story really that is fundamentally optimistic, which is to say that it's possible to solve these problems if we lteisn to reason, if we listen to the kind of wisdom of these kinds of maps, if we listen to people like Snow and wtaihheed, if we listen to the locals who understand what's going on in these kndis of situations. And what it ended up doing is making the idea of large-scale metropolitan living a sustainable one.

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And they had already started building the sewers in London, and they immediately went to this outbreak and they told everybody to start boiling their water. And that was the last time that London has seen a cholera outbreak since. So, part of this story, I think — well, it's a terrifying story, it's a very dark _____ and it's a story that _________ on in many of the developing ______ of the world. It's also a story really that is fundamentally optimistic, which is to say that it's possible to solve these problems if we ______ to reason, if we listen to the kind of wisdom of these kinds of maps, if we listen to people like Snow and _________, if we listen to the locals who understand what's going on in these _____ of situations. And what it ended up doing is making the idea of large-scale metropolitan living a sustainable one.

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And they had already started building the sewers in London, and they immediately went to this outbreak and they told everybody to start boiling their water. And that was the last time that London has seen a cholera outbreak since. So, part of this story, I think — well, it's a terrifying story, it's a very dark story and it's a story that continues on in many of the developing cities of the world. It's also a story really that is fundamentally optimistic, which is to say that it's possible to solve these problems if we listen to reason, if we listen to the kind of wisdom of these kinds of maps, if we listen to people like Snow and Whitehead, if we listen to the locals who understand what's going on in these kinds of situations. And what it ended up doing is making the idea of large-scale metropolitan living a sustainable one.

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