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Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior | Temple Speaker Grandin
"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 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 see examines 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 afraid "
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MoniqueChristine
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“People were animals too once. And when we turned into human beings we gave something up. Being close to animals brings some of it back.”

This is a wonderful book on both autism and animal communication, two topics that are far more closely linked than you may have imagined.

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laytonwoman3rd
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A fascinating look at how animal brains work; what frightens them and how they react to fear; how to treat animals fairly, ethically and humanely while raising them to produce food--or to BE food. Grandin's perspective as an autistic human is insightful, as she believes she is capable of seeing the world more as animals do than "typical" humans are. Lots of surprising info in here, presented with wisdom, humor and heart.

Leftcoastzen Cute kitty! 4y
laytonwoman3rd She's on my lap right now, and I can't get up to get another cup of coffee! 4y
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CoffeeK8
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NYC area Littens, Temple Grandin is coming to Westchester. I am such a huge fan of hers! http://fhautism.com/attend-a-conference/an-evening-with-temple-grandin-white-pla...

AmyG I saw her on a plane once! 5y
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smallthings
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This cover is so much better!

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silentrequiem
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Moving with books... 😖😖😖😖

This is only part of the culling pile.

queerbookreader I am weeping for you 6y
Mdargusch Yuck. I hate having to get rids of books but I hate moving even more. 6y
charl08 Oh no. You have my sympathy. Not looking forward to my next move... 6y
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Jas16
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Temple Grandin is a remarkable human being and I found this book fascinating. #true #lyricalapril

kspenmoll That she is. Heard both she & her Mom speak at different times. 😃💚 6y
Jas16 @kspenmoll I have heard her speak before but would be really interested in hearing her mother speak. 6y
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