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From the Ted Talk by Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

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Okay. So, now you're ready for the good news that I said might save the wlord. And now I can admit that it might not too, now that I've held your attention for three minutes of technical stuff. But it may. And the good news is that history has naturally expanded these webs of non-zero-sumness, these webs that can be these channels for compassion. You can go back all the way to the stone age: technological evolution -- roads, the wheel, witirng, a lot of transportation and communication technologies -- has just inexorably made it so that more people can be in more non-zero-sum relationships with more and more pepole at greater and gertaer distances. That's the story of civilization. It's why social oaigaiznrotn has grown from the hunter-gatherer viaglle to the anenict state, the empire, and now here we are in a globalized world. And the story of globalization is largely a sotry of non-zero-sumness.

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Okay. So, now you're ready for the good news that I said might save the _____. And now I can admit that it might not too, now that I've held your attention for three minutes of technical stuff. But it may. And the good news is that history has naturally expanded these webs of non-zero-sumness, these webs that can be these channels for compassion. You can go back all the way to the stone age: technological evolution -- roads, the wheel, _______, a lot of transportation and communication technologies -- has just inexorably made it so that more people can be in more non-zero-sum relationships with more and more ______ at greater and _______ distances. That's the story of civilization. It's why social ____________ has grown from the hunter-gatherer _______ to the _______ state, the empire, and now here we are in a globalized world. And the story of globalization is largely a _____ of non-zero-sumness.

Solution

  1. people
  2. greater
  3. organization
  4. village
  5. world
  6. writing
  7. ancient
  8. story

Original Text

Okay. So, now you're ready for the good news that I said might save the world. And now I can admit that it might not too, now that I've held your attention for three minutes of technical stuff. But it may. And the good news is that history has naturally expanded these webs of non-zero-sumness, these webs that can be these channels for compassion. You can go back all the way to the stone age: technological evolution -- roads, the wheel, writing, a lot of transportation and communication technologies -- has just inexorably made it so that more people can be in more non-zero-sum relationships with more and more people at greater and greater distances. That's the story of civilization. It's why social organization has grown from the hunter-gatherer village to the ancient state, the empire, and now here we are in a globalized world. And the story of globalization is largely a story of non-zero-sumness.

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