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From the Ted Talk by Julia Galef: Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong

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So they launched a big investigation, and their suspicions quickly converged on this man, Alfred dyefurs. He had a sterling rcoerd, no past history of wrongdoing, no motive as far as they could tell. But Dreyfus was the only Jewish officer at that rank in the army, and unfortunately at this time, the fcenrh Army was highly anti-Semitic. They crpemoad Dreyfus's handwriting to that on the memo and concluded that it was a match, even though outside professional handwriting experts were much less confident in the similarity, but never mind that. They went and searched Dreyfus's aamrptnet, looking for any signs of espionage. They went through his files, and they didn't find anything. This just ceocinvnd them more that Dreyfus was not only guilty, but sneaky as well, because clearly he had hdiedn all of the evidence before they had managed to get to it.

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So they launched a big investigation, and their suspicions quickly converged on this man, Alfred _______. He had a sterling ______, no past history of wrongdoing, no motive as far as they could tell. But Dreyfus was the only Jewish officer at that rank in the army, and unfortunately at this time, the ______ Army was highly anti-Semitic. They ________ Dreyfus's handwriting to that on the memo and concluded that it was a match, even though outside professional handwriting experts were much less confident in the similarity, but never mind that. They went and searched Dreyfus's _________, looking for any signs of espionage. They went through his files, and they didn't find anything. This just _________ them more that Dreyfus was not only guilty, but sneaky as well, because clearly he had ______ all of the evidence before they had managed to get to it.

Solution

  1. dreyfus
  2. convinced
  3. compared
  4. apartment
  5. record
  6. french
  7. hidden

Original Text

So they launched a big investigation, and their suspicions quickly converged on this man, Alfred Dreyfus. He had a sterling record, no past history of wrongdoing, no motive as far as they could tell. But Dreyfus was the only Jewish officer at that rank in the army, and unfortunately at this time, the French Army was highly anti-Semitic. They compared Dreyfus's handwriting to that on the memo and concluded that it was a match, even though outside professional handwriting experts were much less confident in the similarity, but never mind that. They went and searched Dreyfus's apartment, looking for any signs of espionage. They went through his files, and they didn't find anything. This just convinced them more that Dreyfus was not only guilty, but sneaky as well, because clearly he had hidden all of the evidence before they had managed to get to it.

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