Psychohistory

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The study of the psychological motivations of historical events, combining history, sociology and mathematical statistics to predict collective actions of large groups of people.

  • The science of historical prediction and macro-social manipulation.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The main thesis of psychohistory is that the actions of trillions of individuals take on a fluidity and predictability which can be compared to that of molecules in a gas. The very size of the population being dealt with factors out individual peculiarities, and allows the prediction of its behavior.

  • With the ability to predict the reaction of a population to a particular stimulus comes the ability to manipulate that population, psychohistorians reason.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Psychohistory began as a combination of public relations/advertising techniques and behaviorial science, and although its techniques have been put on a more rigorous footing, the basic principles are still not well understood. A number of minor experiments have confirmed the general validity of the science, but it was also shown to be too expensive to be of any practical utility.

  • Research continues at a small number of Imperial universities.

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

While many different sophonts and interstellar societies have taken an interest in the fine art of Psychohistory, only a few interstellar societies and species have taken a strong interest in the science, and these groups include:

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Systems and worlds on which the science and discipline of Psychohistory is known to be studied or have been studied include:

3 of 3 World articles in Psychohistory
Gashema  •  Irap  •  Zhodane  •  
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References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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