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From the Ted Talk by Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure

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I've been focusing now on the visual arts, but I want to give two examples from music. This is Joshua Bell, a very famous violinist. And the Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten decided to enlist him for an audacious eeipmrxent. The question is: How much would people like Joshua Bell, the msuic of Joshua Bell, if they didn't know they were lteninisg to Joshua Bell? So he got Joshua Bell to take his million dlloar violin down to a wastionghn D.C. subway station and stand in the corner and see how much mnoey he would make. And here's a brief clip of this. (Violin music) After being there for three-quarters of an hour, he made 32 dollars. Not bad. It's also not good. Apparently to really enjoy the music of Joshua Bell, you have to know you're listening to Joshua Bell. He actually made 20 dollars more than that, but he didn't count it. Because this woman comes up — you see at the end of the video — she comes up. She had haerd him at the Library of Congress a few weeks before at this extravagant black-tie affair. So she's stunned that he's snidtang in a subway station. So she's struck with pity. She raheces into her purse and hands him a 20.

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I've been focusing now on the visual arts, but I want to give two examples from music. This is Joshua Bell, a very famous violinist. And the Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten decided to enlist him for an audacious __________. The question is: How much would people like Joshua Bell, the _____ of Joshua Bell, if they didn't know they were _________ to Joshua Bell? So he got Joshua Bell to take his million ______ violin down to a __________ D.C. subway station and stand in the corner and see how much _____ he would make. And here's a brief clip of this. (Violin music) After being there for three-quarters of an hour, he made 32 dollars. Not bad. It's also not good. Apparently to really enjoy the music of Joshua Bell, you have to know you're listening to Joshua Bell. He actually made 20 dollars more than that, but he didn't count it. Because this woman comes up — you see at the end of the video — she comes up. She had _____ him at the Library of Congress a few weeks before at this extravagant black-tie affair. So she's stunned that he's ________ in a subway station. So she's struck with pity. She _______ into her purse and hands him a 20.

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  5. standing
  6. money
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  8. washington
  9. reaches

Original Text

I've been focusing now on the visual arts, but I want to give two examples from music. This is Joshua Bell, a very famous violinist. And the Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten decided to enlist him for an audacious experiment. The question is: How much would people like Joshua Bell, the music of Joshua Bell, if they didn't know they were listening to Joshua Bell? So he got Joshua Bell to take his million dollar violin down to a Washington D.C. subway station and stand in the corner and see how much money he would make. And here's a brief clip of this. (Violin music) After being there for three-quarters of an hour, he made 32 dollars. Not bad. It's also not good. Apparently to really enjoy the music of Joshua Bell, you have to know you're listening to Joshua Bell. He actually made 20 dollars more than that, but he didn't count it. Because this woman comes up — you see at the end of the video — she comes up. She had heard him at the Library of Congress a few weeks before at this extravagant black-tie affair. So she's stunned that he's standing in a subway station. So she's struck with pity. She reaches into her purse and hands him a 20.

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