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From the Ted Talk by Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado: To solve old problems, study new species

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Today, many of the biological sceiencs only see value in studying deeper what we already know — in mpipang already-discovered continents. But some of us are much more interested in the unknown. We want to discover completely new continents, and gaze at magnificent vistas of ignorance. We crave the ecpinxeere of being cleeptmloy baffled by something we've never seen before. And yes, I agree there's a lot of little ego satisfaction in being able to say, "Hey, I was the first one to discover that." But this is not a self-aggrandizing enterprise, because in this type of discovery research, if you don't feel like a ctplmoee idiot most of the time, you're just not sciencing hard enough.

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Today, many of the biological ________ only see value in studying deeper what we already know — in _______ already-discovered continents. But some of us are much more interested in the unknown. We want to discover completely new continents, and gaze at magnificent vistas of ignorance. We crave the __________ of being __________ baffled by something we've never seen before. And yes, I agree there's a lot of little ego satisfaction in being able to say, "Hey, I was the first one to discover that." But this is not a self-aggrandizing enterprise, because in this type of discovery research, if you don't feel like a ________ idiot most of the time, you're just not sciencing hard enough.

Solution

  1. completely
  2. mapping
  3. sciences
  4. experience
  5. complete

Original Text

Today, many of the biological sciences only see value in studying deeper what we already know — in mapping already-discovered continents. But some of us are much more interested in the unknown. We want to discover completely new continents, and gaze at magnificent vistas of ignorance. We crave the experience of being completely baffled by something we've never seen before. And yes, I agree there's a lot of little ego satisfaction in being able to say, "Hey, I was the first one to discover that." But this is not a self-aggrandizing enterprise, because in this type of discovery research, if you don't feel like a complete idiot most of the time, you're just not sciencing hard enough.

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