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From the Ted Talk by Abha Dawesar: Life in the "digital now"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I'm a nisleovt, and I'm ieenttersd in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common. They're both stories, interpretations. You and I can experience things without a story. We might run up the stairs too quickly and we might get breathless. But the larger sense that we have of our lives, the slightly more abstract one, is ircdinet. Our story of our life is based on direct experience, but it's ellbemhiesd. A novel needs secne after scene to build, and the stroy of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years. Discrete moments from our lives are its ctraephs. But the story is not about these chapters. It's the whole book. It's not only about the htearebrak and the happiness, the victories and the disappointments, but it's because how because of these, and sometimes, more importantly, in spite of these, we find our place in the wlrod and we change it and we change ourselves. Our story, therefore, needs two dimensions of time: a long arc of time that is our lifespan, and the timeframe of direct experience that is the moment. Now the self that experiences directly can only exist in the moment, but the one that naearrts needs several moments, a whole sequence of them, and that's why our full sense of self needs both irsmemive experience and the flow of time. Now, the flow of time is embedded in everything, in the eorison of a grain of sand, in the budding of a little bud into a rose. Without it, we would have no music. Our own emotions and state of mind often ecndoe time, regret or nostalgia about the past, hope or dread about the future.

Open Cloze

I'm a ________, and I'm __________ in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common. They're both stories, interpretations. You and I can experience things without a story. We might run up the stairs too quickly and we might get breathless. But the larger sense that we have of our lives, the slightly more abstract one, is ________. Our story of our life is based on direct experience, but it's ___________. A novel needs _____ after scene to build, and the _____ of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years. Discrete moments from our lives are its ________. But the story is not about these chapters. It's the whole book. It's not only about the __________ and the happiness, the victories and the disappointments, but it's because how because of these, and sometimes, more importantly, in spite of these, we find our place in the _____ and we change it and we change ourselves. Our story, therefore, needs two dimensions of time: a long arc of time that is our lifespan, and the timeframe of direct experience that is the moment. Now the self that experiences directly can only exist in the moment, but the one that ________ needs several moments, a whole sequence of them, and that's why our full sense of self needs both _________ experience and the flow of time. Now, the flow of time is embedded in everything, in the _______ of a grain of sand, in the budding of a little bud into a rose. Without it, we would have no music. Our own emotions and state of mind often ______ time, regret or nostalgia about the past, hope or dread about the future.

Solution

  1. embellished
  2. heartbreak
  3. world
  4. interested
  5. chapters
  6. novelist
  7. erosion
  8. encode
  9. story
  10. immersive
  11. narrates
  12. indirect
  13. scene

Original Text

I'm a novelist, and I'm interested in the self because the self and fiction have a lot in common. They're both stories, interpretations. You and I can experience things without a story. We might run up the stairs too quickly and we might get breathless. But the larger sense that we have of our lives, the slightly more abstract one, is indirect. Our story of our life is based on direct experience, but it's embellished. A novel needs scene after scene to build, and the story of our life needs an arc as well. It needs months and years. Discrete moments from our lives are its chapters. But the story is not about these chapters. It's the whole book. It's not only about the heartbreak and the happiness, the victories and the disappointments, but it's because how because of these, and sometimes, more importantly, in spite of these, we find our place in the world and we change it and we change ourselves. Our story, therefore, needs two dimensions of time: a long arc of time that is our lifespan, and the timeframe of direct experience that is the moment. Now the self that experiences directly can only exist in the moment, but the one that narrates needs several moments, a whole sequence of them, and that's why our full sense of self needs both immersive experience and the flow of time. Now, the flow of time is embedded in everything, in the erosion of a grain of sand, in the budding of a little bud into a rose. Without it, we would have no music. Our own emotions and state of mind often encode time, regret or nostalgia about the past, hope or dread about the future.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
cell phones 2
long arc 2
granular understanding 2
digital world 2
spanish riding 2

Important Words

  1. abstract
  2. arc
  3. based
  4. book
  5. breathless
  6. bud
  7. budding
  8. build
  9. change
  10. chapters
  11. common
  12. dimensions
  13. direct
  14. disappointments
  15. discrete
  16. dread
  17. embedded
  18. embellished
  19. emotions
  20. encode
  21. erosion
  22. exist
  23. experience
  24. experiences
  25. fiction
  26. find
  27. flow
  28. full
  29. future
  30. grain
  31. happiness
  32. heartbreak
  33. hope
  34. immersive
  35. importantly
  36. indirect
  37. interested
  38. interpretations
  39. larger
  40. life
  41. lifespan
  42. lives
  43. long
  44. lot
  45. mind
  46. moment
  47. moments
  48. months
  49. music
  50. narrates
  51. nostalgia
  52. novelist
  53. place
  54. quickly
  55. regret
  56. rose
  57. run
  58. sand
  59. scene
  60. sense
  61. sequence
  62. slightly
  63. spite
  64. stairs
  65. state
  66. stories
  67. story
  68. time
  69. timeframe
  70. victories
  71. world
  72. years