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Book similar to the Asperger's one

There is a book by SF author Elizabeth Moon called "The Speed of Dark" which is written from the point of view of an autistic person.  Very interesting.

Patri Friedman
Friday, August 20, 2004

This book reminds me of an interesting story I heard on NPR once about a very bright autistic woman who has a career in animal husbandry. She helps(helped?) design machines for slaughterhouses that treat steers humanely. Something like that anyway. Anyone recall this? I'm pretty sure she wrote a book about her experiences.

Dave
Saturday, August 21, 2004

Maybe she had Tay-Sachs, not autism. I forget.

Dave
Saturday, August 21, 2004

The woman you were thinking of is Temple Grandin, a researcher in "livestock behavior, design of facilities, and humane slaughter."
http://www.grandin.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_Grandin

She's been a major force in the livestock industry, reforming the way that slaughterhouses work.  She's also become famous as a prominent example of a high functioning autistic adult who has become an advocate and public speaker on the topic.

A good book in which she is featured prominently is Oliver Sacks' "An Anthropologist on Mars".

P.S.  I've read both books.  I really liked "Curious Incident" in particular.  While we're on the subject, it reminded me of  the classic novella "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes (1959).

Will
Saturday, August 21, 2004

Thanks Will. Gotta add a book to my Xmas wish list.

Dave
Sunday, August 22, 2004

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