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    two comments: one, that programmer was an example of a profession that could simply be learnt by uploading a tape to your brain, so the analogy isn’t really perfect :) the meta-profession in the story was broader than just science, it was essentially “advancing the sum of human knowledge”, to do which you had to first learn how knowledge was built up from other knowledge, rather than just having the end result dumped into your brain.

    the other comment is that it’s my favourite asimov story too, but for a slightly different reason - it explores the trope of “civilisation tends to stultify into conformity, and suppress any sort of colouring outside the lines, but when that happens it absolutely depends on a pool of creativity that lives outside the system”. if you like that trope too, mercedes lackey’s “the lark and the wren” is another good exploration of it in a fantasy setting.