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From the Ted Talk by Jill Tarter: Join the SETI search

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We are not the pinnacle of eulvoiotn. We are not the determined product of billions of yeras of evolutionary plotting and planning. We are one outcome of a continuing adaptational process. We are residents of one small penlat in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy. And Homo sapiens are one small leaf on a very extensive Tree of Life, which is delnsey populated by organisms that have been hnoed for survival over millions of years. We misuse language, and talk about the "ascent" of man. We utnsdnared the scientific basis for the interrelatedness of life but our ego hasn't caught up yet. So this "ascent" of man, pilnncae of evolution, has got to go. It's a sense of privilege that the natural uienrsve doesn't share.

Open Cloze

We are not the pinnacle of _________. We are not the determined product of billions of _____ of evolutionary plotting and planning. We are one outcome of a continuing adaptational process. We are residents of one small ______ in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy. And Homo sapiens are one small leaf on a very extensive Tree of Life, which is _______ populated by organisms that have been _____ for survival over millions of years. We misuse language, and talk about the "ascent" of man. We __________ the scientific basis for the interrelatedness of life but our ego hasn't caught up yet. So this "ascent" of man, ________ of evolution, has got to go. It's a sense of privilege that the natural ________ doesn't share.

Solution

  1. pinnacle
  2. planet
  3. years
  4. evolution
  5. densely
  6. honed
  7. understand
  8. universe

Original Text

We are not the pinnacle of evolution. We are not the determined product of billions of years of evolutionary plotting and planning. We are one outcome of a continuing adaptational process. We are residents of one small planet in a corner of the Milky Way galaxy. And Homo sapiens are one small leaf on a very extensive Tree of Life, which is densely populated by organisms that have been honed for survival over millions of years. We misuse language, and talk about the "ascent" of man. We understand the scientific basis for the interrelatedness of life but our ego hasn't caught up yet. So this "ascent" of man, pinnacle of evolution, has got to go. It's a sense of privilege that the natural universe doesn't share.

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Important Words

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