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From the Ted Talk by Dan Ariely: Our buggy moral code

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So we said, "If people are not sensitive to the economic ratnaoil theory explanations, to these forces, what could be going on?" And we thought maybe what is happening is that there are two forces. At one hand, we all want to look at ourselves in the miorrr and feel good about ourselves, so we don't want to cheat. On the other hand, we can cheat a little bit, and still feel good about ourselves. So, maybe what is haienpnpg is that there's a level of cheating we can't go over, but we can still benefit from cnehiatg at a low degree, as long as it doesn't change our impressions about ourselves. We call this like a personal fudge factor.

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So we said, "If people are not sensitive to the economic ________ theory explanations, to these forces, what could be going on?" And we thought maybe what is happening is that there are two forces. At one hand, we all want to look at ourselves in the ______ and feel good about ourselves, so we don't want to cheat. On the other hand, we can cheat a little bit, and still feel good about ourselves. So, maybe what is _________ is that there's a level of cheating we can't go over, but we can still benefit from ________ at a low degree, as long as it doesn't change our impressions about ourselves. We call this like a personal fudge factor.

Solution

  1. happening
  2. cheating
  3. mirror
  4. rational

Original Text

So we said, "If people are not sensitive to the economic rational theory explanations, to these forces, what could be going on?" And we thought maybe what is happening is that there are two forces. At one hand, we all want to look at ourselves in the mirror and feel good about ourselves, so we don't want to cheat. On the other hand, we can cheat a little bit, and still feel good about ourselves. So, maybe what is happening is that there's a level of cheating we can't go over, but we can still benefit from cheating at a low degree, as long as it doesn't change our impressions about ourselves. We call this like a personal fudge factor.

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Important Words

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