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From the Ted Talk by Annie Murphy Paul: What we learn before we're born

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So what a fetus is learning about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a world of audcbnane or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face cntosant dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, harried one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing conditions like a fgnier lifted to the wind. The rlientusg tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other oagrns are part of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our ability to tvhire in a huge variety of evmtnnnieors, from the country to the city, from the trndua to the desert.

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So what a fetus is learning about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a world of _________ or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face ________ dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, harried one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing conditions like a ______ lifted to the wind. The _________ tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other ______ are part of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our ability to ______ in a huge variety of ____________, from the country to the city, from the ______ to the desert.

Solution

  1. abundance
  2. resulting
  3. tundra
  4. constant
  5. finger
  6. organs
  7. environments
  8. thrive

Original Text

So what a fetus is learning about in utero is not Mozart's "Magic Flute" but answers to questions much more critical to its survival. Will it be born into a world of abundance or scarcity? Will it be safe and protected, or will it face constant dangers and threats? Will it live a long, fruitful life or a short, harried one? The pregnant woman's diet and stress level in particular provide important clues to prevailing conditions like a finger lifted to the wind. The resulting tuning and tweaking of a fetus' brain and other organs are part of what give us humans our enormous flexibility, our ability to thrive in a huge variety of environments, from the country to the city, from the tundra to the desert.

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Important Words

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