“We often see the rapidity with which a task needs to be completed as a good thing, and I’m not at all sure that that’s the case.”

Frank Wilson is a neurologist who has been an internationally respected authority on the neurological basis of skilled hand use for over two decades. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize–nominated The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture. Now retired from clinical and teaching positions at the University of California, San Francisco, and at Stanford University School of Medicine, he writes, lectures, and consults on a range of issues concerning the relationship of hand use to human cognitive and artistic development.

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