By T.O. Daria

Quite a few weeks previous, Dasha the cat discovered herself in a kinfolk with an autistic baby. The booklet of Temple Grandin's publication "Animals in Translation: utilizing the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behaviour" grew to become the family right into a examine laboratory, with the people staring at Dasha's behaviours and the cat experimenting with the 'human guinea pigs'. The tom cat viewpoint offers a brand new outlook on autism stipulations, difficult lengthy demonstrated stereotypes and analysing controversies within the box with an independent angle and humour. The textual content is interspersed with Dasha's 'wisdoms', 'research notes' and definitions of thoughts according to her personal realizing, corresponding to 'A puppy store is a spot the place people emerge as followed through the animals who're courageous adequate to take a accountability of taking care of them.' Dasha's magazine offers research-based info in an fun and available shape and makes severe and complex matters resembling sensory conception, reminiscence, conversation, savant abilities and hard behaviours in autism simply comprehensible for the overall reader.

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Does it mean that he would be diagnosed as intellectually deficient? ) Where was I? Oh, yes, ‘non-human animals’ and their ‘human abilities’. Many humans can use tools, and some humans can make them. Many animals can make tools and many animals can use them. So where do you see ‘superiority’? For example, apes can use sticks to fish for insects (and they are not taught by humans how to do it). Some birds (wrongly characterised by humans as ‘birdbrains’) can make tools: crows are skilful at making hooks from pieces of wire, and even use cars (driven by humans) to crack nuts for them by dropping nuts on busy roads.

If you think about it, humans misunderstand and misjudge animals as beings on a much lower level of development than themselves. Let us start with the obvious – we are all animals: ‘human animals’ and ‘non-human animals’, or Human (or Homo) sapiens (HSs) and non-Human sapiens (nHSs). (HSs seem to think they are gods in relation to nHSs, and anybody whose image is different from theirs is inferior. ) We, nHSs and HSs, have a lot of differences, that’s for sure, but to assume that ‘non-human animals’ are inferior to ‘human animals’ is a sign of ignorance and arrogance.

We know through our senses, of course. It is our senses that ‘deliver the information’ about our environment, and our ‘inner feelings’ to the brain, where this raw information is processed, and ‘our own world’ is created. We then act upon it. This process is very complicated and differs greatly from species to species. This is why: • the real world and different species’ mental images of the world differ • the interpretation of the world is based on memory and experience 47 Dasha’s Journal • different sensory experiences create different perceptual worlds.

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