How essential reading, writing, thinking, and speaking are to our professional lives, and in how many different circumstances, cannot be underestimated. The development of these practices begins in the first years of life and continues until the very end. But how can they be harnessed? And what are the limits to enhanced reading, writing, thinking, and speaking? What are the personal, professional, and cultural implications of mastering these practices, for our individual lives and for our society?