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"I think a lot of kids whose mental growth outruns their maturity gravitate to science fiction."
- Dan Simmons

Learning-Cap  
  A special metal helmet for electro-education.  

You can read about the elaborate pseudoscience behind the learning-cap in this article on electro-education.

And there was a big billboard picture that showed a guy sitting with one of our EE caps on his head. It advised:
DON'T BE DUMB, CHUM!
Put On Your Learning-Cap Today!

Technovelgy from The Knowledge Machine, by Edmond Hamilton.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1948
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Compare to the accelerated schooling helmet from James Blish's 1957 novel Cities in Flight.

In the 1956 film classic Forbidden Planet, Dr. Morbius uses the "plastic educator" to gain vast amounts of alien knowledge.


(From Forbidden Planet)

In the classic Star Trek episode Spock's Brain, Dr. McCoy gains centuries of medical knowledge in a single episode (now that's accelerated learning!).


(Instant Alien med school for Dr. McCoy)

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