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Flash525

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#1 7 years ago

A nice, simple question here: could they ever come to actually exist?

To be very specific on the question I'm asking; I'm not on about the dead and buried corpses that come up and out from their graves, I'm specifically referring to an infection of some sort that deactivates the 'you' part of your brain, turning what is left of you into a bloodthirsty zombie.

There's a new show out at the moment (depending where you live will no doubt depend on the episode you're on, that is, if it has even been aired yet). Said show has a name; The Walking Dead; based off a comic with (I believe) the same name. In the 6th episode (season one only had six episodes) it was explained to the survivors (of the zombie apocalypse) and viewers (that'll be us) the process of zombiefication - yes, that's a word I've just made up, but it's well suited..

To continue:

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Once bitten, your body goes into shutdown, and the 'you' part of your brain dies. All your memories, thoughts and experiences die with that part of you. What then seems to happen is the remainder of your body (and brain) seemingly reboot, though only do so for the basic creature needs (typically food), and thus you have your zombie, at least by this fashion.

Could this ever work to be true? Are our brains capable of such an act? People die and are resuscitated all the time, there are even stories of people dying for a few seconds and switching back on themselves, so the theory behind the principle is there, all it would take is a specific virus to enable.

Something for an in-depth discussion.




Joe Bonham

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#2 7 years ago

In reality, zombies are a shitty way to spread an infection - the numerous problems with it are discussed here:

7 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Quickly) | Cracked.com

Even if they aren't "undead", but "infected" zombies - most of the problems still exist. An idiot with no concept of self preservation or common sense is an easy target, and easy to contain.




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#3 7 years ago

There are some parasites that can take over certain animals and influence their behavior to suit their own needs. I don't think such a parasite that targets humans could evolve naturally though.




Flash525

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#4 7 years ago

Joe Bonham;5436482Even if they aren't "undead", but "infected" zombies - most of the problems still exist. An idiot with no concept of self preservation or common sense is an easy target, and easy to contain.[/QUOTE]Whilst true in a typical fashion, it's a whole different story if such a virus was airborne.

[QUOTE=MrFancypants;5436485]There are some parasites that can take over certain animals and influence their behavior to suit their own needs. I don't think such a parasite that targets humans could evolve naturally though.

That leaves those weird and wacky scientists then. :nodding:




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#5 7 years ago

Rabies is the closest I can think of. It's just not really a good or efficient way to reproduce, and things that are shitty at reproduction don't usually stick around that long.




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#6 7 years ago

But, What if a bio weapon or a dirty bomb is made to do that exact function efficiently?




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#7 7 years ago

Wear NBC gear, shoot infected in the head(if not rabid, but ZOMBIES OMG), burn their bodies, repeat. Rabid folks don't like water, so I'd probably try to find a river or make a moat.




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#8 7 years ago

Joe Bonham;5436482In reality, zombies are a shitty way to spread an infection - the numerous problems with it are discussed here:[/QUOTE]

Not if it's airborne...

Joe Bonham;54364827 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Outbreak Would Fail (Quickly) | Cracked.com

Now think about this. When was the last zombie outbreak that you can remember? So they can't really base their info off of one. And logic can't really apply because right now zombies are illogical. They said "zombies have no choice but to walk into our bullets", they are right. But what if the mutation causes their flesh to have the same resistance as a tank's plating? Now that isn't logical, I know. But is a zombie logical?

[QUOTE=Joe Bonham;5436482]Even if they aren't "undead", but "infected" zombies - most of the problems still exist. An idiot with no concept of self preservation or common sense is an easy target, and easy to contain.

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#9 7 years ago
Whilst true in a typical fashion, it's a whole different story if such a virus was airborne.

If its airborne, then that makes turning the host into a zombie absolutely pointless. That would not happen naturally. Now perhaps it could be developed by man, but such a weapon would be far too dangerous, the odds of infecting your own people would be too great.




Flash525

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#10 7 years ago
Joe Bonham;5436616If its airborne, then that makes turning the host into a zombie absolutely pointless. That would not happen naturally. Now perhaps it could be developed by man, but such a weapon would be far too dangerous, the odds of infecting your own people would be too great.

Accidents have been known to happen. All it would take is for one container or tube to break and release the substance. Naturally you may get some people who are immune to the initial effect (hence your 'survivors') but that would stop your government or military shooting all the zombies before they got out of control. We'd have a pandemic on our hands. :eek: