Aimee Mullins TED 2

One theme of Mullins’ TED presentation echoed an earlier post about Stephen J. Gould’s book about evolution, ‘Full House’. Darwin’s theory of evolution has been misinterpreted, misunderstood and misapplied since its publication and I’m not sure that all of Mullins’ assertions are completely lined up by the science, but the ‘message’ or ‘spirit’ she interprets is a useful one.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor is it the most intelligent that survive. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change…Conflict is the genesis of change.”

“The human ability to adapt is our greatest asset…Transformation, adaptation is our greatest human skill.”


“We can give ourselves a gift. We can imagine adversity as more than tough times. Maybe we can see it as ‘change.’ Adversity is just ‘change’ that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet.”

Much is made of the ‘labelling’ of minority groups and in particular ‘disabled’ (to use the most prevalent term even if it is not the ‘best’) groups.  In fact, the whole introduction of Mullin’s presentation focuses on these labels and their effects.  Maybe, an alternative label to ‘disability’ should be ‘adaptability’.  ‘Adaptable Parking.’  ‘Adaptability Access.’  Disabled sports are sometimes referred to ‘Adapted Sports’, but I’m not sure whether the ‘adapted’ term is referring to the sport, the athlete or both.