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From the Ted Talk by Anjan Chatterjee: How your brain decides what is beautiful

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It's 1878. Sir Francis Galton gives a remarkable talk. He's ________ to the anthropologic institute of Great Britain and _______. Known for his pioneering work in human intelligence, Galton is a _________ polymath. He's an ________, an anthropologist, a sociologist, a ____________ and a statistician. He's also a eugenist. In this talk, he presents a new _________ by which he can combine photographs and produce composite portraits. This technique could be used to characterize different types of people. Galton thinks that if he ________ photographs of violent criminals, he will discover the face of criminality. But to his surprise, the composite portrait that he ________ is beautiful.

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  8. brilliant

Original Text

It's 1878. Sir Francis Galton gives a remarkable talk. He's speaking to the anthropologic institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Known for his pioneering work in human intelligence, Galton is a brilliant polymath. He's an explorer, an anthropologist, a sociologist, a psychologist and a statistician. He's also a eugenist. In this talk, he presents a new technique by which he can combine photographs and produce composite portraits. This technique could be used to characterize different types of people. Galton thinks that if he combines photographs of violent criminals, he will discover the face of criminality. But to his surprise, the composite portrait that he produces is beautiful.

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