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From the Ted Talk by Richard Dawkins: Why the universe seems so strange

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Unaided human intuition, schooled in Middle World, fnids it hard to believe gelialo when he tells us a heavy object and a light object, air friction aside, would hit the ground at the same instant. And that's because in Middle World, air friction is always there. If we'd evolved in a vacuum, we would expect them to hit the grnoud simultaneously. If we were bacteria, constantly buffeted by thermal movements of molecules, it would be different. But we Middle-Worlders are too big to notice banrwion motion. In the same way, our lives are doaentmid by gravity, but are almost oblivious to the force of surface tension. A small incest would reverse these pireotiris.

Open Cloze

Unaided human intuition, schooled in Middle World, _____ it hard to believe _______ when he tells us a heavy object and a light object, air friction aside, would hit the ground at the same instant. And that's because in Middle World, air friction is always there. If we'd evolved in a vacuum, we would expect them to hit the ______ simultaneously. If we were bacteria, constantly buffeted by thermal movements of molecules, it would be different. But we Middle-Worlders are too big to notice ________ motion. In the same way, our lives are _________ by gravity, but are almost oblivious to the force of surface tension. A small ______ would reverse these __________.

Solution

  1. finds
  2. insect
  3. priorities
  4. ground
  5. dominated
  6. brownian
  7. galileo

Original Text

Unaided human intuition, schooled in Middle World, finds it hard to believe Galileo when he tells us a heavy object and a light object, air friction aside, would hit the ground at the same instant. And that's because in Middle World, air friction is always there. If we'd evolved in a vacuum, we would expect them to hit the ground simultaneously. If we were bacteria, constantly buffeted by thermal movements of molecules, it would be different. But we Middle-Worlders are too big to notice Brownian motion. In the same way, our lives are dominated by gravity, but are almost oblivious to the force of surface tension. A small insect would reverse these priorities.

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