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Visual Thinking: Temple Grandin’s TED Talk and a Book List to Give You Perspective

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, and it’s worth it to take a minute to celebrate the innumerable ways people are unique. Animal behavior pioneer Temple Grandin has been an Autism advocate and activist for years, and in her talk from TED2010, she shares her distinctive outlook on the world. She breaks down the main ways people on the “continuum” of Autism can develop as thinkers, and expands on her own experience as a visual thinker. For Grandin, her visual thinking allowed her insights into detail-oriented problem solving that the people around her missed – and in this talk, she makes it clear that young people today on the Autism spectrum have just as much potential as she did. In…

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Remembering the Many Artistic Faces of David Bowie

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It’s difficult to find the words to exactly describe David Bowie, who passed away January 10, just days after his 69th birthday and the release of his latest studio album, Blackstar. His mercurial image and musical style paved the way for many of the biggest names in popular music today, and his lyrics have transcended generations to become some of the most well-known and most beloved songs of all time. His son, director Duncan Jones, announced his father’s passing with a heart-wrenching tweet. Longtime producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone, “His death was not different from his life–a work of art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.” A life as expansive and impactful as Bowie’s is difficult to…

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