Philosophy Word of the Day – Zombie

In contemporary discussions of the philosophy of mind, a hypothetical being whose appearance, behavior, and speech is indistinguishable from that of a normal human being despite its total lack of conscious experience in any form.

(via Philosophical Dictionary)

Zombies are popping up everywhere.  First it was Jane Austen, and now philosophy.


Any other zombie observations?


While a zombie attack is one of the least likely ways the world could end, four Canadian mathematicians/graduate students did a mathematical analysis of a hypothetical zombie outbreak to determine the likelihood of human eradication, should such an attack ever occur. According to their model, “a zombie outbreak is likely to lead to the collapse of civilization, unless it is dealt with quickly. While aggressive quarantine may contain the epidemic, or a cure may lead to coexistence of humans and zombies, the most effective way to contain the rise of the undead is to hit hard and hit often.” (HT: Marginal Revolution)

(via Freakonomics)

One thought on “Philosophy Word of the Day – Zombie

  1. Zombies are interesting.
    First, notice the assumption that the source of zombies would be biological, even though most historical accounts would credit a supernatural rather than a natural explanation. Perhaps that says something about our naturalism and materialism.
    The second interesting concept is the one found at Their contention is that being adequately prepared for a zombie attack would basically make you well-prepared for any foreseeable disaster.

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