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"There's no point in making a mistake unless you understand the mistake so that you donít make it again."
- Alfred Bester

Probe Screen Hood  
  A device that blocks attempts to see into the contents of the brain mind.  

When some humans gain telepathic abilities, they try to subjugate the normals. Should people with the power to determine with certainty the contents of your mind also have the political power to control you and control society?

He had done nothing disloyal. Nothing, except open the morning mail, find the hood, deliberate about it, and finally put it on. He remembered the small instruction tag:

GREETINGS! This probe screen is sent to you with compliments of the maker and the earnest hope that it will be of some value to you. Thank you.

...Should he wear it? He had never done anything. He had nothing to hide - nothing disloyal to the Union. But the thought fascinated him. If he wore the hood his mind would be his own. Nobody could look into it. His mind would be long to him again, private, secret, to think as he wished, endless thoughts for no one else's consumption but his own...

There was some sort of an Anti-Immunity bill up in Congress to make wearing of a probe screen a felony, but it hadn't been passed yet-

From The Hood Maker ('Immunity'), by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Imagination in 1955
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Here's another bit:

He tapped his hood. "This alloy - opaque to probes. Discovered by accident, by one of these men. Teeps came after him instantly, but he escaped. "The teeps can't file a framed report on a man whose mind is opaque to probes... The teeps have to get the hoods off... If a man is innocent why shouldn't he want his mind probed? The bill makes wearing a probe shield a felony."

"Teeps" are telepathic humans.

This is a very early reference to the idea of a "tin foil hat." I can find quotes for the opposite idea - see the entry for the Control Helmet from a 1938 story by Edmund Hamilton. Can you find an earlier reference?

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