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Until circa -1000, psionics was little studied in most regions except on a disorganized level (parapsychology, the occult, spiritualism, and so on). It was known and practiced among the Zhodani and by some minor races, but it was by no means widespread.
However, during the Long Night, many races, (human and others) turned introspective. As a result, many finally began to engage in serious research in psionics, which revealed much about the empirical nature of the phenomenon, although the principles involved were, and remain, little understood.
However, even though it assumed scientific validity, psionics
remained a backwater science until about 650, when it underwent a tremendous
burst of popularity. Psionics within the Imperium
reached its peak in the latter half of the 700s. In the 790s, 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 opinion away from support of psionics. -ld