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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Histo-Research  
  Historical research using a time machine.  

If you can get actual observational data, it's the best possible way to do history, don't you think?

They faced each other across the desk. Wood folded his hands. "I'm going to put it straight on the line. You are considered an expert, the expert at Histo-Research. You know more about using a Time Dip than anyone alive; that's why you've been shown our work, our illegal work."

"And you've already got into trouble?"

"Plenty of trouble, and every attempt to meddle further makes it that much worse. Unless we do something, we'll be the most culpable organization in history."

"Please start at the beginning," Hasten said.

From The Meddler, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Future in 1954
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Compare to psychohistory from Isaac Asimov's 1951 novel Foundation.

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