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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

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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