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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our Language Affects Our Thinking

Once again, TED, one of my favorite websites for brief videos that stir the neural pathways, published a thought-provoking video I've embedded below. Aimee Mullin was born without fibular bones, and had both of her legs amputated below the knee when she was an infant. She learned to walk on prosthetics, then to run -- competing at the national and international level as a champion sprinter, and setting world records at the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta. At Georgetown, where she double-majored in history and diplomacy, she became the first double amputee to compete in NCAA Division 1 track and field.

In this video she discusses what happens depending on how we decide to use language - specifically with a word heavy on negative connotations - such as disability.



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