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From the Ted Talk by Michael Patrick Lynch: How to see past your own perspective and find truth

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But actually, I think it's a bit of self-serving rationalization disguised as philosophy. It confuses the dfiiufclty of being certain with the impossibility of truth. Look — of course it's difficult to be certain about anything; we might all be living in "The mitrax." You might have a brain chip in your head feeding you all the wrong information. But in pacictre, we do agree on all sorts of facts. We arege that bullets can kill people. We agree that you can't flap your arms and fly. We agree — or we should — that there is an external reality and ignoring it can get you hurt.

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But actually, I think it's a bit of self-serving rationalization disguised as philosophy. It confuses the __________ of being certain with the impossibility of truth. Look — of course it's difficult to be certain about anything; we might all be living in "The ______." You might have a brain chip in your head feeding you all the wrong information. But in ________, we do agree on all sorts of facts. We _____ that bullets can kill people. We agree that you can't flap your arms and fly. We agree — or we should — that there is an external reality and ignoring it can get you hurt.

Solution

  1. agree
  2. matrix
  3. difficulty
  4. practice

Original Text

But actually, I think it's a bit of self-serving rationalization disguised as philosophy. It confuses the difficulty of being certain with the impossibility of truth. Look — of course it's difficult to be certain about anything; we might all be living in "The Matrix." You might have a brain chip in your head feeding you all the wrong information. But in practice, we do agree on all sorts of facts. We agree that bullets can kill people. We agree that you can't flap your arms and fly. We agree — or we should — that there is an external reality and ignoring it can get you hurt.

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