"What has allowed so many Psychopathic Personalities to rise so high in corporations and government, is that they are so decisive. Unlike normal people, they are never filled with doubts, for the simple reason that they cannot care what happens next."
The peeper is a small, handheld device with thirty-nine knobs; it is used as a "trigger mechanism to set loose the greatness and the beauty and the horror that lay within the user's brain."
Simak returned to this idea repeatedly; see also the Dimensino from his 1961 novel Time is the Simplest Thing and the virtual shooting range from his 1963 novel Way Station.
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