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From the Ted Talk by Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? (This is a trick question)

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Here's another argument against this view. A friend of mine, an Indian friend of mine, went to his grandfather when he was very yuong, a child, and said to him, "I want to talk to you about religion," and his gtrnfdahaer said, "You're too young. Come back when you're a teenager." So he came back when he was a teenager, and he said to his grandfather, "It may be a bit late now because I've dvsioecred that I don't believe in the gods." And his grandfather, who was a wise man, said, "Oh, so you belong to the atheist branch of the Hindu tradition." (lteguahr)

Open Cloze

Here's another argument against this view. A friend of mine, an Indian friend of mine, went to his grandfather when he was very _____, a child, and said to him, "I want to talk to you about religion," and his ___________ said, "You're too young. Come back when you're a teenager." So he came back when he was a teenager, and he said to his grandfather, "It may be a bit late now because I've __________ that I don't believe in the gods." And his grandfather, who was a wise man, said, "Oh, so you belong to the atheist branch of the Hindu tradition." (________)

Solution

  1. laughter
  2. grandfather
  3. young
  4. discovered

Original Text

Here's another argument against this view. A friend of mine, an Indian friend of mine, went to his grandfather when he was very young, a child, and said to him, "I want to talk to you about religion," and his grandfather said, "You're too young. Come back when you're a teenager." So he came back when he was a teenager, and he said to his grandfather, "It may be a bit late now because I've discovered that I don't believe in the gods." And his grandfather, who was a wise man, said, "Oh, so you belong to the atheist branch of the Hindu tradition." (Laughter)

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