Proposing certain things in terms of dystopia that are not untrue
July 2, 2015 7:57 AM   Subscribe

"Science, Chance, and Emotion with Real Cosima": A Longreads profile of Cosima Herter, the show's science consultant and the inspiration for Orphan Black's character Cosima. Mostly not directly about the show, but probably contains some spoilers if you're not fully caught up through season three.
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I look forward to "Boyfriends, Sestras, and Scorpions with Real Helena"
posted by leotrotsky at 8:45 AM on July 2, 2015 [6 favorites]


FanFare page.
posted by Pendragon at 8:46 AM on July 2, 2015


Great article. I may try to hunt down some of those books. The idea of "mirror humans" is very intriguing.
posted by Kitty Stardust at 8:47 AM on July 2, 2015


He devotes a great deal of space to arguing for the creation of “mirror humans” — people made of molecules that are the mirror image of ours — who would be “immune to viruses and other pathogens.” They would also be “unable to digest foods by means of normal enzymes,” but no biggie: we would simply “need to develop, cultivate, and mass-produce a whole range of mirror foodstuffs.”

Reverse chirality people? How is that not the worst idea ever? You want to eat corn? No, you can't do that. You'll need to eat mirror-corn(tm) or you'll literally starve to death.

Also, chirality may not just be a fluke, but may be a result of the asymmetrical breakdown of amino acids found in star forming regions exposed to polarized light.
posted by leotrotsky at 8:59 AM on July 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


"Soap-making, Electioneering, and Body Disposal with Real Allison"
posted by leotrotsky at 9:09 AM on July 2, 2015 [4 favorites]


Reverse chirality people? How is that not the worst idea ever? You want to eat corn? No, you can't do that. You'll need to eat mirror-corn(tm) or you'll literally starve to death.

Yes, "mirror humans" sounds cool from a philosophical standpoint, but once you actually understand chirality and the role it plays in basic biochemical functions it is basically the worst idea ever.
posted by schroedinger at 10:19 AM on July 2, 2015


"Police Investigation, Train Schedules, and Impact Trauma with Real Beth."
posted by leotrotsky at 1:12 PM on July 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


"..., ..., and ... with Real Katja"
posted by leotrotsky at 1:29 PM on July 2, 2015


"Kicking Ass, Negotiating with Crazies, and Wearing Black with Real Sarah"
posted by Ragini at 2:40 PM on July 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


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