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There's a famous Charles Darwin quote about how it isn't the strongest, or most intelligent species that survives, but “the one that is most adaptable to change.” It's a great quote, and a powerful mantra in this world of unknowns. It's too bad Darwin never said it.

Even without the gravity of one of the greatest minds in history to give it weight, the quote has some sense to it. Adaptation is key to the process of evolution. In our own struggle for survival, humans adapted to challenges by creating tools that allowed us to shape and design our surroundings.

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