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From the Ted Talk by Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Go back to this image again and ask yourself, not only who made it and for who, but who knew how to make it. In the case of the stone axe, the man who made it knew how to make it. But who knows how to make a computer msoue? Nobody, literally nobody. There is nobody on the planet who knows how to make a computer mouse. I mean this quite seriously. The peidernst of the computer mouse company doesn't know. He just knows how to run a coapmny. The person on the assembly line doesn't know because he doesn't know how to drill an oil well to get oil out to make plastic, and so on. We all know little bits, but none of us knows the whole.

Open Cloze

Go back to this image again and ask yourself, not only who made it and for who, but who knew how to make it. In the case of the stone axe, the man who made it knew how to make it. But who knows how to make a computer _____? Nobody, literally nobody. There is nobody on the planet who knows how to make a computer mouse. I mean this quite seriously. The _________ of the computer mouse company doesn't know. He just knows how to run a _______. The person on the assembly line doesn't know because he doesn't know how to drill an oil well to get oil out to make plastic, and so on. We all know little bits, but none of us knows the whole.

Solution

  1. president
  2. company
  3. mouse

Original Text

Go back to this image again and ask yourself, not only who made it and for who, but who knew how to make it. In the case of the stone axe, the man who made it knew how to make it. But who knows how to make a computer mouse? Nobody, literally nobody. There is nobody on the planet who knows how to make a computer mouse. I mean this quite seriously. The president of the computer mouse company doesn't know. He just knows how to run a company. The person on the assembly line doesn't know because he doesn't know how to drill an oil well to get oil out to make plastic, and so on. We all know little bits, but none of us knows the whole.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
million years 4
average wage 4
computer mouse 3
sexual division 3
average person 2
graph represents 2
human beings 2
making objects 2
homo erectus 2
human hand 2
reading light 2
people working 2
louis xiv 2
living standards 2
stone axes 2
tierra del 2
del fuego 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
tierra del fuego 2

Important Words

  1. assembly
  2. axe
  3. bits
  4. case
  5. company
  6. computer
  7. drill
  8. image
  9. knew
  10. line
  11. literally
  12. man
  13. mouse
  14. oil
  15. person
  16. planet
  17. plastic
  18. president
  19. run
  20. stone