A somewhat advanced society has figured how to package basic knowledge in pill form.
A student, needing some learning, goes to the pharmacy and asks what kind of knowledge pillsare available.
The pharmacist says, ‘Here’s a pill for English literature.’
The student swallows the pill and has new knowledge about English literature!
Impressed, he asks, ‘What else do you have?’
‘Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,’ replies the pharmacist.
The student asks for these, 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.’ He goes back into the storeroom and returns with a whopper of a pill that he plunks on the counter.
‘I have to take that huge pill for math?’ inquires the student.
The pharmacist replied, ‘Well, you know–math always was a little hard to swallow.’