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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Psychoprobe  
  Get to the truth.  

This is a very early use of this term; Asimov also used it in his I, Robot stories.

"...We used to use a rubber hose 'cause it didn't leave no marks. Science has given us gadgets like the psychoprobe that beat the old hose all hollow. They don't leave no marks, either, but they sure get the truth out of a man."
From Satellite Five, by Arthur K. Barnes.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1938
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See the more benign veridicator from Piper's 1962 novel Little Fuzzy.

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