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"There's no point in making a mistake unless you understand the mistake so that you don’t make it again."
- Alfred Bester

Mind-Lock  
  A device that confines a mind within its own shielded area.  

"Lab's got a new mind-lock for you to test," the Co-ordinator went on briskly. "You'll find that on Gull, too."

There was a slight pause.

"You remember, don't you," the Agent inquired gently then, as if speaking to an erring child, "what happened the last time I gave one of those gadgets a field test on a highpowered brain?"

"Yes, of course! But if this one works," the Co-ordinator pointed out, almost wistfully, "we've got something we really do need. And until I know it does work, under ultimate stresses, I can't give it general distribution. I've picked a hundred of you to try it out." He sighed. "Theoretically, it will hold a mind of any conceivable potential within that mind's own shields, under any conceivable stress, and still permit almost normal investigation. It's been checked to the limit," he concluded encouragingly, "under lab conditions—"

From Agent of Vega, by James Schmitz.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1949
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Compare to the espionage machine from No, No, Not Rogov! by Cordwainer Smith (1958) and the probe screen hood from Philip K. Dick's 1953 short story The Hood Maker.

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