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What are Zombies?


There are a few things one should know about zombies because it’s usually never clarified and people expect much more out of “walkers” or zombies. Zombie as defined is an animated corpse resurrected from the dead by magical means, such as witchcraft.

But that isn’t the only definition of zombie. Zombies aren’t necessarily raised from the dead, but can seem dead or inactive. What does this mean exactly? Well infectious diseases, powerful diseases that hide in bacterium and viruses can have effects that can possibly lead to very inactive brain function, an almost brain dead feel. Whether these diseases are real or not seems unlikely, at least to the extreme of losing executive (physical) function of your body and biting into the juicy human. But there are diseases that sometimes numbs different areas of the brain making certain normal human abilities harder, if not, impossible. The point is, although the earliest belief of zombies came from this notion that a witch could conjure the dead to walk the earth, which is more fictitious. Natural occurring zombies is plausible if a strain or altered bacterium or virus is created that has properties that scientists that created it were dormant.

Most people understand the folklore about zombies. Some dark magical powers that witches have can yield a destructive being. In terms of science and disease, what exactly does a zombie look like and what functions does it lack. Most of this is theoretical because zombies aren’t real… for now. But I will go over a scenario in which a specific disease would have to attack to make the zombie appear more and more real.

First off, when talking about zombies, we understand that executive brain function is almost none existent. Our brains are made of neurons, these connections form a tree that has tremendous power. Our brains are broken up into several regions that include reward, reasoning and logic, sight, talking, memory, emotion, movement, coordination, and that is just a small aspect of the brain. Some of these regions for knowledge are as follows: cortex, accumbens, thalamus, hippocampus, brain stem, diencephalom, and many more. Most of these functions such as logic and reasoning, coordination, emotion, memory, speech, pretty much every function that makes humans what they are is thrown out. Those functions are extremely diminished or lost. This leaves the inner core of the brain, the animal brain, the brain that will do whatever it takes to survive or preservation. This occurs after large time frames of food deprivation and paranoia.

Secondly, our auto-immune system must change. The disease alters the DNA structure of the human as to almost regenerate or disallow infection. So even though a leg might be severed, the infection from the leg doesn’t hinder ability or bring upon death. In this kind of state, our bodies must use energy more efficiently because the brain isn’t working as hard as well as the other major organs. Whether the body could go months, if not years, without feeding on something seems to be unrealistic. But the body can overcome a lot especially when energy is being kept and saved and being used more efficiently.

Most of what I wrote is vague. This isn’t supposed to get into crazy in detail. Rather, to get your minds thinking about all the properties of what we believe is a “zombie.” A lot of what we do and need to survive must be taken into account. When a disease of epic proportions attacks the body, especially the one we are talking about right now, it must be extremely complex and ever changing to take on the challenges of the body and earths extreme conditions. It’s like a battle field, knowledge of strategy of the other is important to winning. This disease is just the same. It has been engineered for a specific purpose… to take out an enemy. This seems like a disease that would be man made.


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