THE KNOWLEDGE PILL
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 pills are available.
The pharmacist says, “Here’s a pill for English literature.”
The student takes the pill and swallows it and has new knowledge about English
“What else do you have?” asks the student.
“Well, I have pills for art history, biology, and world history,” replies the
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.” He goes back into the storeroom and
brings back a whopper of a pill and plunks it 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