Summary: Temple Grandin's Animals in Translation speaks in the clear voice of a woman who emerged from the other side of autism, bringing with her an extraordinary message about how animals think and feel.
Temple's professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Standing at the intersection of autism and animals, she offers unparalleled observations and groun...show moredbreaking ideas about both.
Autistic people can often think the way animals think -- in fact, Grandin and co-author Catherine Johnson see autism as a kind of way station on the road from animals to humans -- putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Temple is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. Not only are animals much smarter than anyone ever imagined, in some cases animals are out-and-out brilliant.
The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense, merging an animal scientist's thirty years of study with her keen perceptions as a person with autism -- Temple sees what others cannot.
Among its provocative ideas, the book:
argues that language is not a requirement for consciousness -- and that animals do have consciousness
applies the autism theory of "hyper-specificity" to animals, showing that animals and autistic people are so sensitive to detail that they "can't see the forest for the trees" -- a talent as well as a "deficit"
explores the "interpreter" in the normal human brain that filters out detail, leaving people blind to much of the reality that surrounds them -- a reality animals and autistic people see, sometimes all too clearly
explains how animals have "superhuman" skills: animals have animal genius
compares animals to autistic savants, declaring that animals may in fact be autistic savants, with special forms of genius that normal people do not possess and sometimes cannot even see
examines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the future
reveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animals
maintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraid
Temple Grandin is like no other author on the subject of animals because of her training and because of her autism: understanding animals is in her blood and in her bones. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:05 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Charles Scribner's & Sons Published: 12/28/2004 International: No
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New York, NY 2005 Hard cover First edition. first edition/printing noted. Fine in fine dust jacket. fine. boards sharp show little bs. edge wear. text bright clean+ no name/reminder, sq., tight, sol...show moreid. dj. glossy shows a little bs. rub/tip/edge wear. a nice/interesting copy. fast shipping. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 356 p. Audience: General/trade. ...show less
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New York 2004 Hardcover Fine in Near Fine jacket (Signed) 356 pp. Hardcover in dust jacket. 8vo. Later printing. SIGNED on title page in bold marker by Temple Grandin. Book is like new. Unclipped du...show morest jacket has very minor wear. In protective Mylar. ...show less
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