It is currently Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:10 pm




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
 HSToday and Zombies 
Author Message

Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:00 am
Posts: 52
Post HSToday and Zombies
I got this from a thread on the diybio board a few days ago. It's a recent article from an online magazine called “Homeland Security Today” and it warns against zombies.

HSToday wrote:
In the world of these hybrid pathogens, virus-inspired zombies - think the movie “28 Days Later” – are “possible,” a virologist who helps the Intelligence Community (IC) keep track of the work being done in the field of genetic engineering as it specifically relates to virology research and development told Homeland Security Today.

link

It reminds me of the saying “To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail”. Could it be that a “Homeland Security Today” reader with an AR in his closet keeps an extra eye out for zombies?

Maybe somebody should tell the “Intelligence Community” they need not worry too much about this.

Zombies aren't real.

-dR

_________________
My brother was a lawyer. All I could do was distort reality.
-Wyclef Sean


Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:05 pm
Profile E-mail

Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:34 pm
Posts: 60
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
Well, theoretically, if one could engineer a virus that attacked certain parts of the brain, one could enbgineer a "zombie outbreak"...

The thing would die out almost immediately, though. A host with no higher thought functions and high risk of coma doesn't make a very good infector. Also it would be complicated as all hell.


Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:24 pm
Profile E-mail

Joined: Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:05 pm
Posts: 1
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
If you read the original history of where the concept of zombies came from (the paper 'The Ethnobiology of Haitian Zombie' covers this, see below) the idea of biologically engineered zombies is kinda ridiculous. The idea of zombies being dead, came from toxins that slowed the heart rate down dramatically, and then the person was supposed to be dead. They then buried them as part of a ritual process. The idea of a 'mung' braindead zombie then came about because the person that was buried was starved of oxygen, and this screws with the brain. So you have two concepts: the idea of the dead returning to life, and braindead zombies. Both of which arised from a combination of neurotoxin, oxygen starvation, ritual, and folklore.

From here the concept (think of it as a meme) has mutated into zombie viral vectors, when it never was the case that the conceptual idea and myth of zombies were ever from viruses. It's a chain of piss-poor analogical reasoning and folklore perpetuated by our terrible science-lite media.

Link to paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6668953


Sun Jun 21, 2009 3:18 pm
Profile E-mail

Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:00 am
Posts: 52
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
As I recall part of the zombie experience also had to do with that a person who was declared a zombie became a non person to his/her community.

This meant that they could walk around freely in the community but everyone treated them as if they didn't exist. So after a while they adopted the role.

-dR

_________________
My brother was a lawyer. All I could do was distort reality.
-Wyclef Sean


Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:11 am
Profile E-mail

Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:12 am
Posts: 22
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
If the zombies do happen, it’s going to take biohackers to solve the problem.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:23 pm
Profile E-mail

Joined: Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:34 pm
Posts: 60
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
Teslaboypunk wrote:
If the zombies do happen, it’s going to take biohackers to solve the problem.


That or shotguns. Hundreds of first-person shooters can't be wrong.


Fri Jul 03, 2009 11:12 pm
Profile E-mail

Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:00 am
Posts: 52
Post Re: HSToday and Zombies
Soviet zombies from the 1940s



The "head without a body" part I'm not so sure about. Seems to me it's more likely to be propaganda for the achievements of the glorious state/ideology. Dunno.

-dR

_________________
My brother was a lawyer. All I could do was distort reality.
-Wyclef Sean


Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:30 am
Profile E-mail
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
cron
Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forums/DivisionCore.
phpBB SEO