scientific convention was being held at a lakeside resort.
After the first day's proceedings a mathematician, a
physicist, an astronomer and a molecular biologist hired a
boatman to row them around on the lake.
As they sat in the boat they discussed string theory, bubble
universes, the Gaea Hypothesis and other abstruse topics.
The biologist noticed the boatman looking at them from the
corner of his eyes.
He asked him, "What do you think of these ideas?". The
boatman replied, "I didn't understand any of it."
The astronomer asked him how far he had studied and he told
them he couldn't even read. I hate to say it said the
physicist, but you seem to have wasted a good part of your
The boatman remained silent. By now they were out in the
middle of the lake, far from shore. A sudden storm whipped
up. The waves started churning and heaving. All of a sudden,
the boat flipped over. The boatman started swimming for
shore. The scientists cried out, "Help, we can't swim!"
The boatman yelled back, "I hate to say it, but you seem to
have wasted your whole lives."