somewhat advanced society has figured out how to package
basic knowledge in pill form. A student, needing some learning,
goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pills
The pharmacist says: "Here's a pill for English literature."
The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge
about English literature.
"What else do you have?" asks the student. "Well
I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,"
replies the pharmacist. The student asks for these, and
swallows them and has new knowledge about those subjects.
Then the student asks: "Do you have a pill for math?"
The pharmacist says, "Wait just a moment," goes
back to the storeroom, brings back a whopper of a pill,
and plonks it on the counter.
"I have to take that huge pill for math?" inquires
The pharmacist replies, "Well you know math always
was a little hard to swallow."