"We follow the scientists around and look over their shoulders."
This is an early reference to the idea of a non-interference directive, or as it is called in the Star Trek universe, the Prime Directive.
Compare to the law on Relations with Extraterrestrial Life from Ogre (1944) by Clifford Simak, which provides an earlier reference. See also the entry for Prime Directive from With Folded Hands (1947) by Jack Williamson, although Williamson's (first use!) phrase does not quite have the modern meaning.
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