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Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

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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 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 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.

  • Synopsis:

    A groundbreaking work, Animals in Translation has been unanimously praised by critics and was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Now, it joins the Scribner Classics library, destined to influence American culture for years to come.

    Temple Grandin’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. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.” Exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, even animal genius, Grandin is a faithful guide into their world.

    Animals in Translation reveals that animals are much smarter than anyone ever imagined, and Grandin, standing at the intersection of autism and animals, offers unparalleled observations and extraordinary ideas about both.

    About the Author

    Temple Grandin earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, went on to become an associate professor at Colorado State University, and wrote two books on autism, including the seminal Thinking in Pictures. One of the most celebrated — and effective — animal advocates on the planet, Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world's agricultural animals.Catherine Johnson, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain and is the author of three previous books, including Shadow Syndromes with John J. Ratey. She lives with her husband and three sons in New York. Two of her sons have autism.

    Table of Contents

    Contents

    Chapter 1: My Story

    Chapter 2: How Animals Perceive the World

    Chapter 3: Animal Feelings

    Chapter 4: Animal Aggression

    Chapter 5: Pain and Suffering

    Chapter 6: How Animals Think

    Chapter 7: Animal Genius: Extreme Talents

    Behavior and Training Troubleshooting Guide

    Notes

    Selected Bibliography

    Acknowledgments

    Index

    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781439187104
    Author:
    Grandin, Temple
    Publisher:
    Scribner Book Company
    Author:
    Johnson, Catherine
    Author:
    Grandin, Temple, Speaker
    Subject:
    Life Sciences - Zoology - Mammals
    Subject:
    Animals
    Subject:
    General
    Subject:
    Animals - General
    Subject:
    General-General
    Subject:
    General Nature
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Classic Edition
    Publication Date:
    20100231
    Binding:
    HARDCOVER
    Language:
    English
    Pages:
    368
    Dimensions:
    9 x 6 x 1 in 20.72 oz

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    "Synopsis" by , A groundbreaking work, Animals in Translation has been unanimously praised by critics and was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Now, it joins the Scribner Classics library, destined to influence American culture for years to come.

    Temple Grandin’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. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.” Exploring animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning, and, even animal genius, Grandin is a faithful guide into their world.

    Animals in Translation reveals that animals are much smarter than anyone ever imagined, and Grandin, standing at the intersection of autism and animals, offers unparalleled observations and extraordinary ideas about both.

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