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Animals in Translation

Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Grandin, Temple (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Animals in Translation


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I don't know if people will ever be able to talk to animals the way Doctor Doolittle could, or whether animals will be able to talk back. Maybe science will have something to say about that. But I do know people can learn to "talk" to animals, and to hear what animals have to say, better than they do now. --From Animals in Translation Why would a cow lick a tractor? Why are collies getting dumber? Why do dolphins sometimes kill for fun? How can a parrot learn to spell? How did wolves teach man to evolve? Temple Grandin draws upon a long, distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experiences with autism to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals act, think, and feel. She has a perspective like that of no other expert in the field, which allows her to offer unparalleled observations and groundbreaking ideas. People with autism can often think the way animals think, putting them in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." Grandin is a faithful guide into their world, exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, yes, even animal genius. The sweep of Animals in Translation is immense and will forever change the way we think about animals. *includes a Behavior and Training Troubleshooting Guide 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
Authors: Grandin, Temple
Title: Animals in translation
using the mysteries of autism to decode animal behavior
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. :, Harcourt,, 2006
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: 358 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson
Notes: "A Harvest book."
Originally published: New York : Scribner, c2005
Contents: My story
How animals perceive the world
Animal feelings
Animal aggression
Pain and suffering - How animals think
Animal genius: Extreme talents
Behavior and training troubleshooting guide
Notes
Selected bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Catherine - 1952-
ISBN: 0156031442
9780156031448
Branch Call Number: 591.5 G753a 2006
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Report This Dec 21, 2013
  • J2sweaters rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Oct 11, 2009
  • goldensunshine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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