One of the world's most celebrated animal scientists merges a lifetime of study with her extraordinary perceptions as an autistic person in a groundbreaking book that revolutionizes the understanding of how animals think and feel.One of the world's most celebrated animal scientists merges a lifetime of study with her extraordinary perceptions as an autistic person in a groundbreaking book that revolutionizes the understanding of how animals think and feel.Read Less
great insight from a remarkable woman. well worth reading for anyone who trains, owns or passes by animals in their daily life. makes you think and that is always a good thing.
Jul 16, 2009
Unusual crossing of fields. Thought-provoking and refreshing insider perspective on autism that is not aimed at "cure" but at an understanding of possibilities and limits.
Mar 19, 2009
Fascinating book on animal behavior
A must read for anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of animal behavior. It's written through the eyes of an autistic author.
Apr 1, 2007
What an awesome book. Temple Grandin?s book is a must read. It is an outstanding book for any animal lover and offers insights into autism and animal behavior that are extremely valuable and unique. The book will make you want to laugh and cry all at once. Extraordinary and very well written - straight from the mouth of an autistic person.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-10-18 Philosophers and scientists have long wondered what goes on in the minds of animals, and this fascinating study gives a wealth of illuminating insights into that mystery. Grandin, an animal behavior expert specializing in the design of humane slaughter systems, is autistic, and she contends that animals resemble autistic people in that they think visually rather than linguistically and perceive the world as a jumble of mesmerizing details rather than a coherent whole. Animals-cows, say, on their way through a chute-are thus easily spooked by novelties that humans see as trivialities, such as high-pitched noises, drafts and dangling clothes. Other animals accomplish feats of obsessive concentration; squirrels really do remember where each acorn is buried. The portrait she paints of the mammalian mind is both alien and familiar; she shows that beasts are capable of sadistic cruelty, remorse, superstition and surprising discernment (in one experiment, pigeons were taught to distinguish between early period Picasso and Monet). Grandin (Thinking in Pictures) and Johnson (coauthor of Shadow Syndromes) deploy a simple, lucid style to synthesize a vast amount of research in neurology, cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology, supplementing it with Grandin's firsthand observations of animal behavior and her own experiences with autism, engaging anecdotes about how animals interact with each other and their masters, and tips on how to pick and train house pets. The result is a lively and absorbing look at the world from animals' point of view. (Jan.) Forecast: Anyone who's enjoyed the work of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson-and especially those who liked it but felt it a bit warm and fuzzy in spots-should appreciate this valuable, rigorous book. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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