The criminal use of mental powers for the manipulation of matter and energy, for sensing, and for communication.
It has been demonstrated that minds (human or non-human, conscious or unconscious, intelligent or unintelligent) contain some capacity to operate without apparent use of physical facilities. Until circa -1000, psionics was little studied in most regions, except on a disorganised level (parapsychology, spiritualism, and so on). It was known and practised among the Zhodani and some minor races, but it was by no means widespread. However, during the Long Night , many races turned introspective. As a result, they finally began to engage in serious research in psionics, which revealed much about the empirical nature of the phenomenon, although the principles involved remain little understood.
Even though it assumed scientific validity, psionics remained a backwater science until 650, when it underwent a tremendous burst of popularity. Psionics within the Imperium reached its peak in the latter half of the 700's. In the 790's, however, the crest of popular opinion broke with the revelation of scandals within the Psionics Institutes; the result was the Psionics Suppressions (800 to 826), which shifted public support away from psionics. Study has therefore not advanced beyond the understanding achieved c. 750.
While all individuals have some latent potential for psionic powers (much as all individuals have some latent potential for robbery), psionics are available only after a period of training. For an individual to seek out such training in the face of laws to the contrary brands him as a criminal of the worst sort.
The Zhodani Consulate uses and supports psionics throughout its empire.
(ADV-1, 1105; SUPP-11, 1107)
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