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From the Ted Talk by Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

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If you take 10,000 plpeoe at random, 9,999 have something in common: their interests in business lie on or near the Earth's surface. The odd one out is an anotsrmeor, and I am one of that strange breed. (Laughter) My talk will be in two parts. I'll talk first as an astronomer, and then as a worried member of the human race. But let's start off by remembering that Darwin showed how we're the outcome of four billion years of evolution. And what we try to do in astronomy and comosogly is to go back before Darwin's simple beginning, to set our etarh in a cosmic context.

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If you take 10,000 ______ at random, 9,999 have something in common: their interests in business lie on or near the Earth's surface. The odd one out is an __________, and I am one of that strange breed. (Laughter) My talk will be in two parts. I'll talk first as an astronomer, and then as a worried member of the human race. But let's start off by remembering that Darwin showed how we're the outcome of four billion years of evolution. And what we try to do in astronomy and _________ is to go back before Darwin's simple beginning, to set our _____ in a cosmic context.

Solution

  1. people
  2. cosmology
  3. astronomer
  4. earth

Original Text

If you take 10,000 people at random, 9,999 have something in common: their interests in business lie on or near the Earth's surface. The odd one out is an astronomer, and I am one of that strange breed. (Laughter) My talk will be in two parts. I'll talk first as an astronomer, and then as a worried member of the human race. But let's start off by remembering that Darwin showed how we're the outcome of four billion years of evolution. And what we try to do in astronomy and cosmology is to go back before Darwin's simple beginning, to set our Earth in a cosmic context.

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