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From the Ted Talk by Alex Edmans: What to trust in a "post-truth" world

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Because that's the second example of confirmation bias. We accept a fact as data. The biggest problem is not that we live in a post-truth world; it's that we live in a post-data wrlod. We prefer a single story to tons of data. Now, stories are powerful, they're vivid, they bring it to life. They tell you to srtat every talk with a story. I did. But a single sroty is menlniseags and misleading unless it's backed up by large-scale data. But even if we had large-scale data, that might still not be enough. Because it could still be csnoitsent with rival theories. Let me explain.

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Because that's the second example of confirmation bias. We accept a fact as data. The biggest problem is not that we live in a post-truth world; it's that we live in a post-data _____. We prefer a single story to tons of data. Now, stories are powerful, they're vivid, they bring it to life. They tell you to _____ every talk with a story. I did. But a single _____ is ___________ and misleading unless it's backed up by large-scale data. But even if we had large-scale data, that might still not be enough. Because it could still be __________ with rival theories. Let me explain.

Solution

  1. meaningless
  2. story
  3. start
  4. consistent
  5. world

Original Text

Because that's the second example of confirmation bias. We accept a fact as data. The biggest problem is not that we live in a post-truth world; it's that we live in a post-data world. We prefer a single story to tons of data. Now, stories are powerful, they're vivid, they bring it to life. They tell you to start every talk with a story. I did. But a single story is meaningless and misleading unless it's backed up by large-scale data. But even if we had large-scale data, that might still not be enough. Because it could still be consistent with rival theories. Let me explain.

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