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"...a few centuries of coherent humanist thought, set against a million odd years of evolved killer ape tendency. No-one's going to give you very good odds on humanism, are they?"
- Richard Morgan

Lethe-Mirror  
  Induces sleepy mindedness.  

From his pocket, he got out a small glittering bauble, carefully wrapped in translucent brown fiber. He sat with his knees apart, holding the bauble cupped in his hands.

“What is it?” Nina asked. Pathetically, she reached out to touch it. “A present for me?”

“We used these all the time,” Cussick said, blocking her fingers. “Until Pearson ruled against them. You've probably heard about them . . . the Communists developed them during the war as instruments for conversion. We picked the idea up, too. This is called a lethe-mirror.”

“Oh,” Nina said. “Yes.” She nodded. “I’ve heard of them. But I didn’t think there were any left.”

“Everybody kept one or two.” In Cussick’s hands the bauble shimmered menacingly. All he had to do was remove the brown-fiber covering; it was as simple as that. The mirror was a focus that caught and trapped the attention of the higher brain centers.

Technovelgy from The World Jones Made, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace in 1956
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