GRANDIN, Temple; JOHNSON, Catherine
Animals in Translation
A disclaimer: Grandin's work raises as much criticism from animal rights activists, who see her celebrated improvements towards a more compassionate livestock handling as whitewashing of slaughterhouses practices, as it raises praise from a broader audience who seeks a better understanding of animal behaviour.
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, she argues, is the key to understanding how animals see, think and feel.