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From the Ted Talk by Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity

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So let's switch gears and look at a really complex problem cortusey of the U.S. government. This is a diagram of the U.S. cnsieecontugnrruy strategy in Afghanistan. It was front page of the New York Times a couple months ago. Instantly ridiculed by the media for being so crazy complicated. And the stated goal was to increase popular surppot for the Afghan geornmnvet. Clearly a complex problem, but is it complicated? Well, when I saw this in the front page of the Times, I thought, "Great. fiallny something I can relate to. I can sink my teteh into this."

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So let's switch gears and look at a really complex problem ________ of the U.S. government. This is a diagram of the U.S. _________________ strategy in Afghanistan. It was front page of the New York Times a couple months ago. Instantly ridiculed by the media for being so crazy complicated. And the stated goal was to increase popular _______ for the Afghan __________. Clearly a complex problem, but is it complicated? Well, when I saw this in the front page of the Times, I thought, "Great. _______ something I can relate to. I can sink my _____ into this."

Solution

  1. counterinsurgency
  2. support
  3. courtesy
  4. teeth
  5. finally
  6. government

Original Text

So let's switch gears and look at a really complex problem courtesy of the U.S. government. This is a diagram of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. It was front page of the New York Times a couple months ago. Instantly ridiculed by the media for being so crazy complicated. And the stated goal was to increase popular support for the Afghan government. Clearly a complex problem, but is it complicated? Well, when I saw this in the front page of the Times, I thought, "Great. Finally something I can relate to. I can sink my teeth into this."

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