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    Description"Animals in Translation" is the culmination of Temple Grandin's extraordinary life's work, drawing upon the latest research, her distinguished career as an animal scientist and her own experience of being autistic. With co-author Catherine Johnson, Grandin argues that while 'normal people' convert experience into words and abstractions, animals and autistics process the world as sensory information - specific pictures, sights and sounds. This difference is the key to understanding how animals see, think and feel. As much a revelation about life with autism as it is about life with animals, "Animals in Translation" explores pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication and learning in a startling book that will change the way you think about animals.


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    Mark Thwaite Dr Temple Grandin is something of a phenomenon. A designer of livestock handling facilities and an Associate Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Temple is probably best known for her groundbreaking autobiography Emergence. A highly intelligent child, but unable to express herself clearly or control her behaviour, Temple was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Emergence details her valiant struggle to understand herself and her condition and has been used ever since to help doctors understand the autistic mind. But Temple herself has gone on to live a highly unusual life using her own self-understanding to get inside the mind of animals. In Animals in Translation Temple demonstrates that while non-autistic humans convert experience into words and abstractions, animals and autistics process the world as sensory information -- potential sensory overload and fear dominate their consciousness. This is a fascinating book, with perhaps one overriding irony: whilst Temple may be "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow" (the title of a BBC TV Horizon documentary about her life and work) her research into modern methods of livestock handling is simply directed towards killing animals more efficiently and on an ever larger scale. by Mark Thwaite

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