Upcoming Event

Temple Grandin at Harvard Science Center

presenting

Visual Thinking:
The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think
in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions

Date

Oct
12
Wednesday
October 12, 2022
7:00 PM ET
(Doors at 6:00)

Location

Harvard Science Center
Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Tickets

$29.75 - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Harvard Library welcome New York Times bestselling author and professor of animal science TEMPLE GRANDIN for a conversation of her highly anticipated new book Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.

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Ticketing

Each ticket includes one hardcover copy of Visual Thinking: The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns, and Abstractions.

About Visual Thinking

A quarter of a century after her memoir, Thinking in Pictures, forever changed how the world understood autism, Temple Grandin—the “anthropologist on Mars,” as Oliver Sacks dubbed her—transforms our awareness of the different ways our brains are wired. Do you have a keen sense of direction, a love of puzzles, the ability to assemble furniture without crying? You are likely a visual thinker.

With her genius for demystifying science, Grandin draws on cutting-edge research to take us inside visual thinking. Visual thinkers constitute a far greater proportion of the population than previously believed, she reveals, and a more varied one, from the photo-realistic object visualizers like Grandin herself, with their intuitive knack for design and problem solving, to the abstract, mathematically inclined “visual spatial” thinkers who excel in pattern recognition and systemic thinking. She also makes us understand how a world increasingly geared to the verbal tends to sideline visual thinkers, screening them out at school and passing over them in the workplace. Rather than continuing to waste their singular gifts, driving a collective loss in productivity and innovation, Grandin proposes new approaches to educating, parenting, employing, and collaborating with visual thinkers. In a highly competitive world, this important book helps us see, we need every mind on board.

Praise for Visual Thinking

“Drawing on cutting-edge research, the history of science, recent discoveries in creativity and innovation, and her own lived experience, Grandin has created a powerful and provocative testament to the diverse coalition of minds we'll need to face the mounting challenges of the twenty-first century.” —Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

“Those who believe that human intelligence rests on language are in for a sophisticated lesson from Temple Grandin, who better than anyone knows all the other ways of grasping the world. An absolute eye-opener.” —Frans de Waal, author of Mama’s Last Hug and Different

“Temple Grandin has concocted a delicious dish of provocative ideas and new research, served in clear, logical, fluid prose. What I love most about her work is herseamless fusion of scientific detachment and passionate empathy.” —Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Animals in Translation, Animals Make Us Human, The Autistic Brain, and Thinking in Pictures, which became an HBO movie starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been a pioneer in improving the welfare of farm animals as well as an outspoken advocate for the autism community. She resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Photo Credit: Kelly Buster


 

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