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Animals in translation : using the mysteries of autism to decode animal behavior

Author: Temple Grandin; Catherine Johnson
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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[In this book, the author] 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. [Her] 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  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Temple Grandin; Catherine Johnson
OCLC Number: 60363601
Notes: Originally published: New York : Scribner, ©2005.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: My story --
How animals perceive the world --
Animal feelings --
Animal aggression --
Pain and suffering --
How animals think --
Animal genius : extreme talents.
Responsibility: Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson.

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[In this book, the author] 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. [Her] 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, [the author and the co-author] 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 [the book] is immense, merging an animal scientist's thirty years of study with her keen perceptions as a person with autism -- [she] 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; plies 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.-Dust jacket.

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