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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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So, inamgie that you had your smartphone mtzruiianeid and hooked up directly to your brain. If you had this sort of brain chip, you'd be able to upload and dwlanood to the internet at the speed of thought. Accessing social media or Wikipedia would be a lot like — well, from the inside at least — like coitlsnung your own memory. It would be as easy and as intimate as thinking. But would it make it easier for you to know what's true? Just because a way of accessing information is faster it doesn't mean it's more reliable, of course, and it doesn't mean that we would all interpret it the same way. And it doesn't mean that you would be any better at evaluating it. In fact, you might even be wosre, because, you know, more data, less time for evaluation.

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So, _______ that you had your smartphone ____________ and hooked up directly to your brain. If you had this sort of brain chip, you'd be able to upload and ________ to the internet at the speed of thought. Accessing social media or Wikipedia would be a lot like — well, from the inside at least — like __________ your own memory. It would be as easy and as intimate as thinking. But would it make it easier for you to know what's true? Just because a way of accessing information is faster it doesn't mean it's more reliable, of course, and it doesn't mean that we would all interpret it the same way. And it doesn't mean that you would be any better at evaluating it. In fact, you might even be _____, because, you know, more data, less time for evaluation.

Solution

  1. download
  2. consulting
  3. miniaturized
  4. imagine
  5. worse

Original Text

So, imagine that you had your smartphone miniaturized and hooked up directly to your brain. If you had this sort of brain chip, you'd be able to upload and download to the internet at the speed of thought. Accessing social media or Wikipedia would be a lot like — well, from the inside at least — like consulting your own memory. It would be as easy and as intimate as thinking. But would it make it easier for you to know what's true? Just because a way of accessing information is faster it doesn't mean it's more reliable, of course, and it doesn't mean that we would all interpret it the same way. And it doesn't mean that you would be any better at evaluating it. In fact, you might even be worse, because, you know, more data, less time for evaluation.

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