Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane

Animals Make Us Human

-Book Cover

Grandin is interested in how the affects–those root emotional responses that Eve Sedgwick discusses in some of her last essays–offer a guide to organizing domestic animals’ lives so as to make them as happy as possible. The animal issue is interesting but more interesting is her discussion of the interaction between the environment and affective response. I came away thinking that this book is about teaching. My greatest take-away: curiosity is a prophylactic for frustration. i.e. keep them guessing–not entertained–and they won’t become frustrated and angry.

Posted October 2, 2011