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

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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

  1. inevitable
  2. world
  3. billion
  4. space
  5. 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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Important Words

  1. astronomical
  2. billion
  3. counting
  4. electromagnetic
  5. equipped
  6. estimate
  7. evolution
  8. express
  9. geological
  10. good
  11. handle
  12. impossible
  13. improbability
  14. improbable
  15. inevitable
  16. landmark
  17. live
  18. long
  19. looked
  20. middle
  21. nice
  22. planets
  23. points
  24. sort
  25. space
  26. spectrum
  27. time
  28. turn
  29. universe
  30. vastness
  31. world