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From the Ted Talk by Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now, the remembering self does more than remember and tell stories. It is actually the one that makes dsiniceos because, if you have a patient who has had, say, two colonoscopies with two different surgeons and is deciding which of them to cshooe, then the one that chooses is the one that has the mmorey that is less bad, and that's the suergon that will be chosen. The eeixricepnng self has no voice in this choice. We actually don't choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. And even when we think about the future, we don't think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. And basically you can look at this, you know, as a tyranny of the rbierenmemg self, and you can think of the remembering self sort of dragging the experiencing self through experiences that the experiencing self doesn't need.

Open Cloze

Now, the remembering self does more than remember and tell stories. It is actually the one that makes _________ because, if you have a patient who has had, say, two colonoscopies with two different surgeons and is deciding which of them to ______, then the one that chooses is the one that has the ______ that is less bad, and that's the _______ that will be chosen. The ____________ self has no voice in this choice. We actually don't choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. And even when we think about the future, we don't think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. And basically you can look at this, you know, as a tyranny of the ___________ self, and you can think of the remembering self sort of dragging the experiencing self through experiences that the experiencing self doesn't need.

Solution

  1. choose
  2. remembering
  3. memory
  4. surgeon
  5. decisions
  6. experiencing

Original Text

Now, the remembering self does more than remember and tell stories. It is actually the one that makes decisions because, if you have a patient who has had, say, two colonoscopies with two different surgeons and is deciding which of them to choose, then the one that chooses is the one that has the memory that is less bad, and that's the surgeon that will be chosen. The experiencing self has no voice in this choice. We actually don't choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. And even when we think about the future, we don't think of our future normally as experiences. We think of our future as anticipated memories. And basically you can look at this, you know, as a tyranny of the remembering self, and you can think of the remembering self sort of dragging the experiencing self through experiences that the experiencing self doesn't need.

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