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From the Ted Talk by Isaac Lidsky: What reality are you creating for yourself?

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Here's where it gets interesting. To ctraee the experience of shigt, your brain references your conceptual understanding of the world, other knowledge, your memories, opinions, emotions, mental attention. All of these things and far more are linked in your biran to your sight. These linkages work both ways, and usually occur subconsciously. So for example, what you see impacts how you feel, and the way you feel can literally change what you see. Numerous studies datmonsrtee this. If you are asked to estimate the walking speed of a man in a vdieo, for example, your answer will be different if you're told to think about cheetahs or turtles. A hill aeaprps steeper if you've just ereixescd, and a landmark appears farther away if you're wearing a heavy backpack. We have arrived at a fundamental crontdiicoatn. What you see is a complex mental construction of your own making, but you experience it pesasvily as a direct representation of the world around you. You create your own reality, and you believe it. I believed mine until it broke apart. The deterioration of my eyes shattered the illusion.

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Here's where it gets interesting. To ______ the experience of _____, your brain references your conceptual understanding of the world, other knowledge, your memories, opinions, emotions, mental attention. All of these things and far more are linked in your _____ to your sight. These linkages work both ways, and usually occur subconsciously. So for example, what you see impacts how you feel, and the way you feel can literally change what you see. Numerous studies ___________ this. If you are asked to estimate the walking speed of a man in a _____, for example, your answer will be different if you're told to think about cheetahs or turtles. A hill _______ steeper if you've just _________, and a landmark appears farther away if you're wearing a heavy backpack. We have arrived at a fundamental _____________. What you see is a complex mental construction of your own making, but you experience it _________ as a direct representation of the world around you. You create your own reality, and you believe it. I believed mine until it broke apart. The deterioration of my eyes shattered the illusion.

Solution

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  2. brain
  3. appears
  4. create
  5. exercised
  6. sight
  7. passively
  8. demonstrate
  9. video

Original Text

Here's where it gets interesting. To create the experience of sight, your brain references your conceptual understanding of the world, other knowledge, your memories, opinions, emotions, mental attention. All of these things and far more are linked in your brain to your sight. These linkages work both ways, and usually occur subconsciously. So for example, what you see impacts how you feel, and the way you feel can literally change what you see. Numerous studies demonstrate this. If you are asked to estimate the walking speed of a man in a video, for example, your answer will be different if you're told to think about cheetahs or turtles. A hill appears steeper if you've just exercised, and a landmark appears farther away if you're wearing a heavy backpack. We have arrived at a fundamental contradiction. What you see is a complex mental construction of your own making, but you experience it passively as a direct representation of the world around you. You create your own reality, and you believe it. I believed mine until it broke apart. The deterioration of my eyes shattered the illusion.

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