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Now, I’m no expert on Zombie movie TV programmes or movies, but maybe some of our more scientifically wired posters on this forum can help me with the ‘science’ behind the zombie concept.

The general theme seems to be that some kind of virus infects the host, kills it (or infects someone already dead) eats it’s way to what remains of the brain, and takes over/reanimates the cadaver. Thus the zombie is born.

However…

As far as I understand it, virus’s sole purpose is to reproduce exponentially, which means more live people are required to infect. So, why is it that in these films the zombies tears their victims apart alive and eat them? Surely an effective virus would just do enough to infect the host (i.e. scratch/bite then move on) instead of consuming it? How can the zombie virus continue to exist/reproduce when it has consumed all of its potential hosts?! The zombies are dead, so there’s no need to feed, and yet it’s entrails for everyone…

It makes no sense to me, and it makes even less sense when you substitute the zombie virus for our debt based monetary system.

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Zombies need food so they have energy to walk around. If they don't get it they starve and "die", as in the 28 Days Later franchise after there are no people left in the UK. Zombies sometimes eat each other, but it seems they prefer living humans (more nutritious?). I suppose the zombie virus relies on the fact that some living humans will escape a zombie attack with just a bite and not all will be eaten whole.

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Zombies need food so they have energy to walk around. If they don't get it they starve and "die", as in the 28 Days Later franchise after there are no people left in the UK. Zombies sometimes eat each other, but it seems they prefer living humans (more nutritious?). I suppose the zombie virus relies on the fact that some living humans will escape a zombie attack with just a bite and not all will be eaten whole.

Strictly speaking, the people in '28 Days Later' were not Zombies, they were living humans infected with a virus which caused symptoms similar to Zombism.

There are theories that Zombies crave human brains because they provide them with pain-reducing chemicals or that they help sustain minimal brain activity in some way.

We don't really know why Zombies crave brains - scientists have not really had the opportunity to study Zombies properly and in the event of a full outbreak, medical facilities would be required for emergency treatment rather than research.

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Strictly speaking, the people in 'New Labour' were not Socialists, they were living humans infected with a virus which caused symptoms similar to Socialism.

We don't really know why Zombies crave debt - scientists have not really had the opportunity to study Zombies properly and in the event of a full outbreak, medical facilities would be required for emergency treatment rather than research.

FFY ;)

He he the comparisons are endless!

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I have to admit to have become fascinated by the Channel 5 US TV series - The Waking Dead - because it is just, so daft.

Most of the people who have survived the plague, or whatever it is, are so vile or nasty or have some major personality fault that you want them to be eaten.

They seem scared stiff of getting bitten by a zombie as that will infect them, but they are forever hacking at zombie's heads with axes causing blood to splatter all over them. You would have thought that the blood splatter would infect them.

There used be a zombie game on Call of Duty that people seemed to love - I tried it once but it was so dull with people walking very slowly towards me.

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Zombies were originally reanimated corpses forced to do the bidding of their voodoo creator.

It was George Romero who turned them into flesh eating monsters in the Night Of The Living Dead (strictly speaking the term zombie is never used in that film)

In the older movies they were largely portrayed as shambling, ponderous and rather pitiful creatures forced to act as slave workers by their cruel masters

In fact not that different from how the unemployed are treated on government work placement schemes

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In you think about it in a Darwin type of way, a zombie population growth spurt would only be short term because at some point there would be no hosts to feed upon on. In the long timescale of evolution, a zombie attack may only last a few years. A drop in the ocean in the times pan of the human race.

The vampires in Blade had the right idea. They had banks of human slaves that would produce blood in a constant flow through their lifetime of imprisonment.

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How is it that the zombies can attack desert compounds without drying out into mummies? How is it that they manage to operate in the snow without any internal heat source preventing them freezing? If you moved to an island, could the zombies walk across the sea floor to get to you without being nibbled by fish?

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How is it that the zombies can attack desert compounds without drying out into mummies? How is it that they manage to operate in the snow without any internal heat source preventing them freezing? If you moved to an island, could the zombies walk across the sea floor to get to you without being nibbled by fish?

You’ve clearly never been to the Bigg Market in Newcastle on a winters evening.

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