Animals in Translation
One main thing this book brings to light is to not underestimate animals or those with autism because often times they're smarter than us. Yet, that's one thing Grandin tries to avoid, saying things like animals are smart...more
Instead, Dr. Grandin uses brain research, coupled with her experience as an autistic person, to try to explain how members of other species may experience the world.
If you can disregard the sweeping generalizations abou...more
This book really changed my perspective on how I view animals (and autistic people!). Unfortunately, kids will be forced to read some waste of time book in high school like Billy Bud or Romeo and Juliet when there are awesome thought provoking books like this. It was fascinating to feel the basic accessibility of this book instead of the normal, overly-verbose, academic prose that would fill this type of...more
Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, debunked common assumptions about autism in Thinking in Pictures (1995). In her latest book, she sheds new light on animal behavior. Comparing an autistic person's frontal lobes (which can receive mixed messages from the brain) to animals' less developed ones, Grandin argues that autism can help us understand animals' more defined actions. She offers funny, thought-provoking insights into their conduct__Mozart's pet starling in...more
"I think in pictures," she writes. "Words are like a s...more
Among its provocative ideas, the book:
• argues that language is not a requirement for consc...more
Grandin is an autistic woman with a Ph.D. in Animal Science, so I thought this book might have a somewhat scientific bent to it. Instead, it is written in a conversational tone, poor grammar and all. That aside, it has some other major problems: Namely, despite the book being about the similarities in behaviour between animals and autistic...more
The theme of this book was how animals and autistic people think similarly. For example, they both think in pictures and focus on details instead of seeing the big picture. As of right now her ideas have not been proven, but there is a fair amount of evidence to back it up and I believe at least...more
I though that she did a very good job explaining things and all the things she knows about animals are very interesting. I liked this book because she knows a lot about animals and so do...more
However, there are a few spots in it that give me cause for pause. Grandin has some unique ways of looking at things, and once she has a hypothesis...more
It's not often that I give a non-fiction book a complete 100% approval, but honestly, Animals in Translation had me completely hooked. Temple Grandin via her co-author Catherine Johnson has such an approachable voice and discusses animals without sentimentality, but with huge respect and affection.
The chapters which are about behaviours, whether animals feel pain, how they think, whether they have language and others are simply structured, but flow nicely, keeping my attention...more
This is a book I would highly recommend for people because it tells the truth a...more