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It's Time to Shed "Innate"

David Shenk | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
David Shenk

Derek's abilities are amazing. Where, precisely, do they come from? I am struck by the profound contradiction between the language on the page, which calls Derek's talent "innate," and details of Adam Ockelford's actual presentation.

(Dis)ability Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Mary McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | TED Weekends
Mary McLaughlin

I thought about the pity people show toward Bud and his limitations, and I thought about how little Bud pities himself. I wondered who gets to decide what's considered a limitation and what's considered a strength.

Playing From Below The Rim

Phil Butler | Posted 10.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Phil Butler

Not one in 10 million of us will become so great at basketball. It is possible, however, for each of us to become superstars at being who we were meant to be. We can be our best.

The Real Genius Of Genius Isn't The Genius

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 10.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jim Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo they possess the other attributes, such as passion, discipline, focus, and joy, that are necessary to see that genetic gift reach fruition?

Why Down Syndrome Doesn't Define My Son

Christie Taylor | Posted 10.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Christie Taylor

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhen the lady with the blue folder walked in my room, I instinctively knew that folder she held in her hand was full of definitions, statistics and medical jargon. Wasn't being told your child had Down syndrome enough to process for one day?