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"From the Ted Talk by Steven Pinker: Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers"

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Indeed, we've become safer in just about every way. Over the last century, we've become 96 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash, 88 pcernet less likely to be mowed down on the sidewalk, 99 percent less likely to die in a plane carsh, 95 percent less likely to be killed on the job, 89 percent less likely to be killed by an act of God, such as a drought, flood, wildfire, storm, voncalo, landslide, earthquake or meteor sirtke, presumably not because God has become less angry with us but because of irnmoemvpets in the resilience of our infrastructure. And what about the quintessential act of God, the projectile hurled by Zeus himself? Yes, we are 97 percent less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning.

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Indeed, we've become safer in just about every way. Over the last century, we've become 96 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash, 88 _______ less likely to be mowed down on the sidewalk, 99 percent less likely to die in a plane _____, 95 percent less likely to be killed on the job, 89 percent less likely to be killed by an act of God, such as a drought, flood, wildfire, storm, _______, landslide, earthquake or meteor ______, presumably not because God has become less angry with us but because of ____________ in the resilience of our infrastructure. And what about the quintessential act of God, the projectile hurled by Zeus himself? Yes, we are 97 percent less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning.

Solution

  1. crash
  2. volcano
  3. improvements
  4. percent
  5. strike

Original Text

Indeed, we've become safer in just about every way. Over the last century, we've become 96 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash, 88 percent less likely to be mowed down on the sidewalk, 99 percent less likely to die in a plane crash, 95 percent less likely to be killed on the job, 89 percent less likely to be killed by an act of God, such as a drought, flood, wildfire, storm, volcano, landslide, earthquake or meteor strike, presumably not because God has become less angry with us but because of improvements in the resilience of our infrastructure. And what about the quintessential act of God, the projectile hurled by Zeus himself? Yes, we are 97 percent less likely to be killed by a bolt of lightning.

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human nature 5
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human history 4
extreme poverty 4
united states 3
progress laughter 3
nuclear weapons 3
hate progress 3
climate change 3

Important Words

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