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SKILL, contracts. The art of doing a thing as it ought to be done.
     2. Every person who purports to have skill in la business, and undertakes for hire to perform it, is bound to do it with ordinary skill, and is responsible civilly in damages for the want of it; 11 M. & W. 483; and sometimes he is responsible criminally. Vide Mala Praxis; 2 Russ. on Cr. 288,
     3. The degree of skill and diligence required, rises in proportion to the value of the article, and the delicacy of the operation: more skill is required, for example, to repair a very delicate mathematical instrument, than upon a common instrument. Jones' Bailm. 91; 2 Kent, Com. 458, 463; 1 Bell's Com. 459; 2 Ld. Raym. 909, 918; Domat, liv. 1, t. 4, Sec. 8, n. 1; Poth. Louage, n. 425; Pardess. n. 528; Ayl. Pand. B. 4, t. 7, p. 466; Ersk. Inst. B. 3, t. 3, Sec. 16; 1 Rolle, Ab. 10; Story's Bailm. Sec. 431, et seq.; 2 Greenl. Ev. Sec. 144.

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Murray (2008) likewise argues that narrative constructions of ASDs focus on "Savant Skills"--special skills that compensate for social or intellectual impairment, and thus establish the disabled character's worth.
The book provides an update on well-known savants Dr Treffert has been following for years and explores new cases, particularly the "acquired savant" in which neurotypical persons demonstrate previously dormant savant skills, sometimes at a prodigious level following head injury or central nervous system (CNS) disease.
Savant skills are observed most commonly in music, the visual arts (primarily drawing), and in certain types of calculation (e.g., "calendar calculating").
Researchers have proposed two hypotheses to explain why savant skills may be more common in the autistic population.
The researchers concluded that overall 28.5 percent - or almost one third - of their volunteers had either a savant skill or an exceptional cognitive ability.
Sometimes it's possible for otherwise normal people to have savant skills.