Thinking the Way Animals Do
By Temple Grandin
Thinking the Way Animals Do
By Temple Grandin
non language based thoughts relate to autism. never knew they were related...
I already used this on my English comp 102 class on dog intelligence. Great stuff!
i, too, am this way. it royally messes with my standing function in society. the things everybody sees as necessary or just 'how life works' do not make sense to me. animals, however, they have the right idea, they look at me and tell me they have the right idea and that we're all the fuck ups; the progenitors responsible for the terrible state of existence we all share. they don't literally tell me this, not physically or verbally, though i have known some fairly vocal animals in my time, so don't construe this as schizophrenia, as i'm very familiar with what constitutes such a thing. we aren't alone, but we're damn few in number and sadly that's why the rest of our species is doomed. because they won't listen to someone 'handicapped'.
A slightly autistic person shares what it's like to think in Animal terms.
I inherited a natural gift with animals from my father and after reading this I begin, for the first time, to understand it...
An article comparing the ways that animals and humans learn and make new associations based on their experiences.
Temple Grandin offers a unique voice making autism familiar in way that both makes autism more understandable and emphasizes its strengths.
From the page: "I have no language-based thoughts at all. My thoughts are in pictures, like videotapes in my mind. When I recall something from my memory, I see only pictures. I used to think that everybody thought this way until I started talking to people on how they t hought. I learned that there is a whole continuum of thinking styles, from totally visual thinkers like me, to the totally verbal thinkers. Artists, engineers, and good animal trainers are often highly visual thinkers, and accountants, bankers, and people who trade in the futures market tend to be highly verbal thinkers with few pictures in their minds. "
This article addresses animal behavior and gives examples and reasons why certain training methods succeed or fail, depending upon the natural impulses of each individual animal.
What I like about this article is that it not only explains this about horses, it is also true of people, as people ARE animals also.
If we, as people, could learn from this, it would be of great benefit to future generations.
To learn that punishment is most likely to cause more rebellion, rather than compliance, would be beneficial to the justice and law enforcement communities, as well as the military complexes of this world.
Animals respond better to patience, love and understanding than to punishment and violence. We are more likely to gain the trust and compliance of the animals in our lives if we treat them with respect and understanding than if we treat them with violence and punishment.
I have proven this to be true for myself by conducting real life tests on the cats, dogs and horses in my life, and the animals I see in other people's lives. It is true.
This is also true of people. The prison system is widely used by humans to emphasize that conformity WILL be forced upon us whether we like it or not, punishing us for noncompliance.
This system is NOT an effective method of dealing with human or animal fears and rebellion. It ONLY serves to strengthen the fear and rebellion of the offender.
We say we are 'rehabilitating' these so-called criminals. This is NOT even close to true.
All we are doing is locking them up for punishment and exposing them to ONLY additional criminal element and ensuring they will form close relationships with more criminals.
If we really want to try and rehabilitate someone who is acting out, we need to expose them to what they do not yet know: love, acceptance, positive reinforcement, etc.
Exposing them to ONLY additional criminal element will NOT ensure anything but further criminal associations and most probably repeat offenses.
This IS proved by statistical data on convicts who re-offend and those that are subsequently reincarcerated.
When will the higher educated idiots of this world stop believing their expensive educations entitle them to punish the rest of society for not becoming what they have become - mindless idiots who have forgotten how to critical think and ONLY draw on what they learned from those who already cannot make things work but continue on the same paths as they already know?
Repeating what does not work will NEVER ensure success. When will they learn.
Here thrives great insights in autism and animals from a bright woman who knows them both very well. A reviewer below notes how the good Doctor Grandin designed "more than 1/3 of the slaughterhouses in the US." This is equal to someone describing me as the one who farts under the covers in bed. What Temple Grandin has done is teach us how to understand animals so that they may have a more pleasant transition from the field to the slaughterhouse. Still yet, that is merely one aspect of her work. It would be foolish to trivialize her efforts. We won't all give up eating meat so why not treat them in a more "animane" way?
This is an incredibly interesting and unique article. I've honestly never pondered this subject, but I'm glad someone has. I would have liked to hear more associations linking autism to how animals think, though.
Article by the lady who has designed more than 1/3 of the slaughterhouses in the US.