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From the Ted Talk by Shankar Vedantam: You don't actually know what your future self wants

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I want to make the case to you tadoy that this illusion has profound consequences not just for whether we become soccer players or podcast htsos, but for matters involving life and death. Let me introduce you to John and Stephanie rikna. We did a story about them for "Hidden Brain" some years ago. This phpgooarth was taken in 1971, on their wedding day. John and Stephanie had just eloped, and gotten married at Cambridge City Hall in mecthuatassss. He was 22, she was 19. John told me that after they got married, they traveled to different prats of the country. They eventually seltted in North Carolina. John became a high school basketball caoch, Stephanie became a nurse. And because they lived in a rrual part of the state, she would often make house visits to patients. Many of the patients she saw were very sick. They had tamenirl illnesses, very low quality of life. And when Stephanie came home from these visits, she was often sahken. And she would tell John, "John, if I ever get a terminal illness, please do nothing to plonorg my suffering. I care more about quality of life than quantity of life. In her more dramatic moments, she would say, "John, if I ever get that sick, just shoot me. Just shoot me."

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I want to make the case to you _____ that this illusion has profound consequences not just for whether we become soccer players or podcast _____, but for matters involving life and death. Let me introduce you to John and Stephanie _____. We did a story about them for "Hidden Brain" some years ago. This __________ was taken in 1971, on their wedding day. John and Stephanie had just eloped, and gotten married at Cambridge City Hall in _____________. He was 22, she was 19. John told me that after they got married, they traveled to different _____ of the country. They eventually _______ in North Carolina. John became a high school basketball _____, Stephanie became a nurse. And because they lived in a _____ part of the state, she would often make house visits to patients. Many of the patients she saw were very sick. They had ________ illnesses, very low quality of life. And when Stephanie came home from these visits, she was often ______. And she would tell John, "John, if I ever get a terminal illness, please do nothing to _______ my suffering. I care more about quality of life than quantity of life. In her more dramatic moments, she would say, "John, if I ever get that sick, just shoot me. Just shoot me."

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Original Text

I want to make the case to you today that this illusion has profound consequences not just for whether we become soccer players or podcast hosts, but for matters involving life and death. Let me introduce you to John and Stephanie Rinka. We did a story about them for "Hidden Brain" some years ago. This photograph was taken in 1971, on their wedding day. John and Stephanie had just eloped, and gotten married at Cambridge City Hall in Massachusetts. He was 22, she was 19. John told me that after they got married, they traveled to different parts of the country. They eventually settled in North Carolina. John became a high school basketball coach, Stephanie became a nurse. And because they lived in a rural part of the state, she would often make house visits to patients. Many of the patients she saw were very sick. They had terminal illnesses, very low quality of life. And when Stephanie came home from these visits, she was often shaken. And she would tell John, "John, if I ever get a terminal illness, please do nothing to prolong my suffering. I care more about quality of life than quantity of life. In her more dramatic moments, she would say, "John, if I ever get that sick, just shoot me. Just shoot me."

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