Animals in Translation

Animals in Translation

Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Book - 2010
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scribner Classics, 2010.
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9781439187104
Branch Call Number: 591. 5 GRA 2010
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 24 cm.
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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