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

#### Unscramble the Blue Letters

Evolution in Middle World has not equipped us to handle very improbable events; we don't live long enough. In the vastness of astronomical sacpe and glociogael time, that which seems impossible in Middle wrlod might turn out to be ievabnitle. One way to think about that is by counting planets. We don't know how many planets there are in the universe, but a good estimate is about 10 to the 20, or 100 billion biillon. And that gives us a nice way to express our estimate of life's improbability. We could make some sort of landmark points along a spectrum of improbability, which might look like the electromagnetic spectrum we just looked at.

#### Open Cloze

Evolution in Middle World has not equipped us to handle very improbable events; we don't live long enough. In the vastness of astronomical **_____** and **__________** time, that which seems impossible in Middle **_____** might turn out to be **__________**. One way to think about that is by counting planets. We don't know how many planets there are in the universe, but a good estimate is about 10 to the 20, or 100 billion **_______**. And that gives us a nice way to express our estimate of life's improbability. We could make some sort of landmark points along a spectrum of improbability, which might look like the electromagnetic spectrum we just looked at.

#### Solution

- inevitable
- world
- billion
- space
- geological

#### Original Text

Evolution in Middle World has not equipped us to handle very improbable events; we don't live long enough. In the vastness of astronomical space and geological time, that which seems impossible in Middle World might turn out to be inevitable. One way to think about that is by counting planets. We don't know how many planets there are in the universe, but a good estimate is about 10 to the 20, or 100 billion billion. And that gives us a nice way to express our estimate of life's improbability. We could make some sort of landmark points along a spectrum of improbability, which might look like the electromagnetic spectrum we just looked at.
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