merkin muffley wrote: SadisticCynic wrote:
Gom Jabbar: the high-handed enemy; that specific poison needle tipped with meta-cyanide used by Bene Gesserit Proctors in the death-alternative test of human awareness.
Did anyone ever figure out what meta-cyanide might be?
Meta = beyond e.g. meta-physics = beyond nature.
You wouldn't be able to kill a BG with cyanide, because they're able to convert poisons into a harmless form. So, is it because the Gom Jabbar could kill a BG, tipped with something "beyond cyanide?"
You couldn't kill a BG with cyanide, no, but would you be testing RMs to see if they are human? I can't recall any mention of the gom jabbar being threatening to a someone who is beyond the Agony. If they can manipulate some poisons, why not others?
Apjak: I thought that as well, but then when I tried to think why I thought that I got stuck...
In this chapter, when Mohiam explains the KH's need to take a poison she doesn't use the gom jabbar but rather talks about the Truthsayer drug, presumably a different thing.