Aimee Mullins and Her 12 Pairs of Legs: The TED Blog

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I want to share one of my favorite blogs with you, and one of my favorite entries from that blog.  It is called the TED Blog and you may already know about it.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and each year the TED conference “brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in eighteen minutes).”  The TED Blog shares videos of the best talks from past conferences.  The range of speakers and topics is impressive, and nearly all of the talks are very good.  I’m sharing it for a couple of reasons.  We are in the business of making effective presentations, and watching good presenters is one way to think about and improve our own presentations.  The other reason is because I think you will enjoy it and occasionally find it inspirational, which brings me to a presentation I found particularly provocative.  It is called “Aimee Mullins and her 12 pairs of legs,” and it offers a wonderful perspective on disability, ability, and possibility.  It is only about ten minutes long and you should check it out.  I don’t manage to watch a TED video every day, but I’m almost always glad when I do.  Let me know if you watch one that seems especially good.

2 thoughts on “Aimee Mullins and Her 12 Pairs of Legs: The TED Blog

  1. I too love this particular TED talk. What’s especially compelling to me is that Aimee Mullins both shows and represents the fact that in the future, the idea of what it is to be human, and what it is to be beautiful, will be greatly broader than it is now.

    May I recommend also the talk by Harvard psychologist Dan Gilbert, author of the best seller Stumbling on Happiness; the lecture on glamour by nonfiction author Virginia Postrel; the talk by philosopher gardener Michael Pollan; and that of God biographer Karen Armstrong, among many many more.

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