Animals in Translation

Animals in Translation

Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Book - 2005
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Temple Grandin'sAnimals in Translationspeaks 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 groundbreaking 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 ofAnimals in Translationis 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 consciousnessapplies 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 clearlyexplains how animals have "superhuman" skills: animals have animal geniuscompares 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 seeexamines how humans and animals use their emotions to think, to decide, and even to predict the futurereveals the remarkable abilities of handicapped people and animalsmaintains that the single worst thing you can do to an animal is to make it feel afraidTemple 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2005.
ISBN: 9780743247696
0743247698
Branch Call Number: 591.5 G753
Characteristics: 356 p.
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Catherine 1952-

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mad1232
Jul 02, 2017

I thought it was an okay book. At time interesting, but sometimes not much happening. I learnt a lot; it was very informative.

mrzipan22 Jul 29, 2015

One of the things I found most fascinating were her observations backed by research that human evolution parallels and has depended somewhat on the domestication of wolves. She discusses the adoption of a canine type hierarchical social structure by hominids and the ways domesticated dogs differ from wolves. Another important argument she raises is that there are many different ways of perceiving the world, based upon the equipment an organism is born with which in turn shapes our realities.

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J2sweaters
Dec 21, 2013

What I especially love about Temple Grandin is that she not only "gets" animals but has such great insights about people and society. Read this for the understanding of animal behavior, and you may find yourself coming back again to her points about things much broader than animals.

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lisahiggs
Mar 19, 2012

For those who love animals, Animals In Translation is one of those pleasant learning experiences in which you get to sit down in a comfortable seat and listen to an expert talk to you in detail about all the things you already believe.

Animals are intelligent, and this book explains exactly how and why and even where in the brain. Along the way you learn about autism too, because the author is autistic while at the same time being an animal scientist of international renown – the animal stuff was fascinating enough, the author’s own story just as much so. Much like Temple Grandin’s TED talk, it starts to ramble by the end, but perhaps only because she has so much information to put out there.

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goldensunshine
Oct 11, 2009

It is a new insight on animals. I really loved it!

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