Zombies: The Physiology of the Undead
Popular culture has presented zombies as bloodthirsty, but fictional, monsters. But could the threat of a zombie apocalypse be real? Understanding this phenomenon is critical to public safety – your safety –and I am here to provide scientific perspectives.
Although actual triggers to the zombie state are not generally known, I will describe how normal human Physiology can produce this transition. Distinctive zombie behaviors can be understood as derivatives of human origin. I will address the discrepancy between slow and fast movement, zombie capacities for strength and endurance, why a compulsion for brains, and the peculiarities of zombie reproduction.
Beyond general interest, these insights into the Biological basis of the zombie have practical applications for personal and civil defense. Our “deadicated” attention is needed. Informed today, alive tomorrow!
About the Presenter:
Dr. Michael B. Harris is an Associate Professor of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience in the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach.
Hosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California State University, Long Beach.