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Limited thoughts.


I haven’t posted anything in a while, because exams have been taking up most of my time. So anyway, I was walking to school one morning, and these Jehovah Witnesses stopped me and handed me this little booklet and suggested I read it. Of course, the title of it captivated me- Doomsday: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy- so I decided to read a bit. It was the Awake! September 2012 edition, and as I read I came across a line that said: “There seems to be no end to the forces ready to pounce upon and lay waste to humanity-killer robots, monsters of all sorts, aliens, zombies, ghosts, dragons, apes, birds, mutant rats and giant wasps.” (The Fascination With Doomsday, Awake! September 2012) They said that people would not take these stories seriously, but I believe we know it is the contrary. In fact, people wouldn’t hype over it so much if there wasn’t even a glimmer of belief present, maybe a bit of fear. For me, it was the word “zombies” that caught my eye. Being a topic that I am very sensitive to, I decided to look into it a bit more. They also stated “First, they are based on the speculation of men, and humans have a far-from-perfect record when it comes to guessing the future.” (Doomsday May Not Be What You Think, Awake! September 2012) Now I should state that we are not trying to predict anything when making our theories about zombies. We are, however, looking at the possibility of something of that nature occuring at some arbritrary point, and brainstorming every possible way in which that would happen. We aren’t saying yes, the world will definitely end by the hands of zombies, but we are saying that it is very real that something of that nature and magnitude would have the ability to wipe out the human race (and maybe a couple other species as well). There was one line that I agreed with, which stated “Concerning that day and hour (when the world will end) nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.”-Matthew 24:36 So we see that no one can predict it. But that does not mean that they should label everyone else’s theories as to the way in which it would happen as being wrong. I didn’t say that the Undead Hypothesis was right at all. But you know, they’re religion.
I am a Christian, however, so I do agree with everything the Bible has to say about this matter. Just saying.
But the zombies can come, and as I always say, non-believers are the first to die.

P.S.: There was a line that said “The upright are the ones that will reside in the earth, and the blameless are the ones that will be left over in it. As regards the wicked, they will be cut off from the very earth; and as for the treacherous, they will be torn away from it.”-Proverbs 2:5, 6. Think about that for a moment. Would that, in your opinion, determine who succumbs to the zombie Apocalypse? And what defines uprightness and blamelessness? I should be studying right now…

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Defects in gene technology, and a method of spread.


A pal of mine and I were discussing, over at wickedzombies.com, the possibility of zombification being caused by a man-made virus. He explained to me that since vaccines are just mild forms of the same virus, it would be possible for vaccinations to be the factor that initiates the spread of a virus so strong that it causes zombification. I thought for a second, and what I came up with next seemed plausible as well. So here’s my Recombinant DNA Hypothesis. For an illness like diabetes, we mass produce insulin using gene technology, where they cut out the portion of DNA that codes for insulin in humans, then add it to the plasmid DNA in the E.Coli bacterium, forming recombinant DNA that, when the bacteria multiplies to the millions, would produce large amounts of insulin. The same insulin is injected into the human. What if there was a change in the DNA sequence? Or what if the bacterial DNA mutates, or evolves? Let your imagination fill in the blanks.

Also, my bud came up with a very realistic (and freaky) way in which the zombie infection could spread. And I quote, “the human mouth is the second most toxic environment in the world. the Komodo Dragon holds the title for #1 most toxic mouth in the world. now take the second most toxic mouth in the world and put it in the mouth of a slowly rotting reanimated corpse. now you have your spread factor. between the naturally toxic bacteria in the human mouth and the bacteria from decomposing human flesh. then add the decomposing flesh left behind in a bite wound from prior victims. is it any wonder why a person dies between 24 to 48 hours after a minor bite to the hand or arm let alone a bite to an area where a major artery is?”

This guy is genius. Just genius.


This hypothesis seems too possible…


A colleague and I were discussing the idea of some Government creating a super-virus that could result in zombification (since right now Governments around the world are creating weapons that use biological materials). Now what we came up with is that the “super-virus” would be a cocktail of a few viruses that could enter somatic cells, reproduce, become infectious and also take over the brain cells. I thought a little about this idea, and I had a few conflicting thoughts about it (sorry, bro), but then I was studying biochemistry (class tomorrow) and I came across a line that stated: Many viruses have genomes of RNA instead of DNA. Then I remembered that scientists are now able to change genetic sequences, turning genes “on” or “off”. Then I put 2 and 2 together: scientists have the ability to alter the genetic sequences of certain retroviruses, changing their genotypes and therefore giving them characteristics that could make them so powerful that….. well, you know what happens next.

I think they should stop trying to build bio-weapons, because one day there would be a biohazard that they started, and that they would have no idea how to reverse.


More relevant to worldwide Governments


Now, if the Zombie Apocalypse does occur, there is a good chance that the zombies won’t be the only ones planning to wipe us out. It would be such a drastic event that when the highest powers see what’s happening around the world, they may simply see it as an unstoppable plague. And so they think: Why don’t we go to our last resort? We can’t save everyone, and the population is already exposed to it, so they’re going to die anyway. So, the world’s most powerful Governments would tuck their leaders and the people they consider “most important” away safely (much like they depicted in the movie 2012), then they would analyse the situation, look at the extent to which the “disease” has spread, and ultimately, they would drop bombs on us all. Zombies are considered a big threat to mankind, and drastic times call for drastic measures, right? Now this is a very biased hypothesis, I know, but it is sooooo possible. Think about it.

Oh, right, I realize I need a gas mask. How to afford one right now……. yeah…


Zombies as another species…


This thought came to me while I was cleaning my closet. Now the obvious thing is that the entire body is controlled by action of the brain/central nervous system. What people may think is that zombies are brain-dead, as in, their brain is no longer functional, so they are practically walking dead people. That may not be the case, because the only way the body can even work is by command of the brain. This means that the brain of a zombie isn’t dead, it is simply working differently. Now in theory, zombies aren’t as smart as normal people, they act mainly by instinct (without thinking at all), and they also have no sense of coordination or specific speech. This would mean that the part of the brain that controls voluntary action is dysfunctional, and the parts that control thought, speech and other non-instinctive factors are completely denatured. This decreases the capacity of the brain being used from the normal human brain capacity.

Basically, the most functional areas of the zombie brain would be the areas that control the five senses: sight, smell, touch, hearing and most importantly, taste. And because they would run only on instinct, they can be likened to animals. And if we consider them as animals, that would mean they are of a different species to humans completely. Of course, no real assumptions can be made, because zombies can be the new species that would come to replace the human race, being an evolved and superior species.

Well, we’ll find out someday. I’ve got to study the function of nucleic acids right now.


Genetic anomalies


Today in class, we were studying embryology, and at one point the lecturer mentioned that when a woman has a child after the age of 40, it’s very likely that the child would be born with Down syndrome. Now this is a genetic disorder, caused by changes in number of chromosomes. Basically, it’s a mutation, and it causes physical abnormalities. My hypothesis for today is that zombification can be caused by genetic mutation, much like Down syndrome or sickle cell anaemia. What if there is a mutation- a change in the DNA sequence or number of chromosomes- that brings about physical and mental features in persons, later on in their life, which would allow us to classify them as “zombies”? It is a very vague idea, I must admit, because of a few glitches: factors that may cause such a mutation, like radiation or disease, and how these could bring about such a drastic genetic anomaly. Also, most babies born with serious genetic disorders die very early in life (a few days, or weeks maybe), and even if they do survive, in a case like this, zombification would not be contagious.

Ok, ok, I just sat back for a minutes and analysed this, and I came up with something else. Now, scientists have found that genes could be “switched on or off”. We would need an external factor to bring about that change spontaneously, so perhaps radiation of a high degree. there would be that single gene that, when switched on, would cause zombie-like features. Or maybe if a gene was to be switched off. That’s possible, right?

I don’t know, I’m typing these things right off the top of my head. I have a headache right now anyway.


A virus, maybe?


I have a hypothesis zombification could be as a result of a highly infectious virus. This does make a lot of sense, from a biologist’s point of view. Let’s call the virus ZAIDS. With this hypothesis, the virus works just like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), where it enters the bloodstream, attaches itself to the white blood cells and releases its genetic material into the cell. Basically, the white blood cell would now begin to produce the DNA of HIV, and so more members of the virus are created, with the human cell being the controlled host. Only thing is that for zombies, the brain would have to be taken over, so the ZAIDS virus would enter the brain cells and do the same thing.

Think of it this way: the viruses enslave the brain cells to produce their offspring. Of course, all severe viruses (or all infectious viruses for that matter) have epic physical bodily effects, and because ZAIDS would attack the central nervous system (brain), there would be effects all over the body, you know, cuz the brain controls all. One such effect could be multiple organ dysfunction, since brain signals to the vital organs would be warped or stop completely. Also there would be severe mental disorder, which leads to their wacko behaviour. To me, it seems plausible, but hey, it’s still a hypothesis.

Gonna eat potato chips now. Please, don’t contract ZAIDS.


Something to contemplate upon.


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/13/richard-cimino-naked-bloody-gnaws-on-head_n_1881604.html#slide=more230092

I think I’ll discuss stories like this in my next post.


A little zombie browsing.


So I was on Facebook yesterday (cuz you know, free time is valuable and all that), and I was browsing through some zombie-related pages. Yeah, I am interested in other people’s opinions on zombies. There were lots of pictures and quotes on depictions of zombies, the usual stuff, and I constantly came across something that was a bit of food for thought. I mean, I’d seen it elsewhere, but this time I sat back and contemplated over it. Scrolling down the pages, there were these pictures and cartoons on zombie humour. Now I really have nothing against zombie humour, but if you think about it, doesn’t it dull the idea of a zombie being something horrifyingly terrible? To me it kind of creates stereotypes for zombies, like how people already believe that all zombies do is eat brains.

As I said, I have nothing against it, but if there are people out there who genuinely believe in the theory of zombies, then we need to expose others to more serious outlooks on the topic. Otherwise, the zombie era will come upon us and it would be harder to get people to believe, decreasing the number of potential survivors. Let’s give the Internet surfers some food for thought. Just saying.


I’m just another believer…


Hey, and welcome to my page. This is my first post, and usually a person would formally introduce him/herself to the readers. I, for one, won’t do that. All I’m going to say is that I am a believer. In zombies, that is. Not many people (at least from what I know) could say that, but I can’t say I’m a part of the masses. Now, I’m not here for popularity, and I know there are chances of my blog not even being read by anyone, really, but I’m here just to share my thoughts, and my hypotheses. And I have a ton of hypotheses on the uprising of the undead, as some may call it, the Zombie Apocalypse. However, I don’t think the “Apocalypse” would happen as flashy and as spontaneously as several authors portray it, or as many zombie movies illustrate it. No. It will begin small, it will root from the least suspected place and at the least suspected time, it will be sequenced and it will be inescapable. I have visited different websites and formus based on zombies and preparation for their attack, and the first question I’ve come across every time was: What do you think Z-day would be like, or how would it begin? Z-day refers to the day the zombies come after us or whatever. The thing is, there can be so many ways in which it could come about, that it would seem pointless to think of any way in which it would begin. I mean, you can come up with your own hypotheses, nothing wrong with that, but to come up with an exact theory about the events that would occur on “Z-day” would be similar to creating an exact theory on where our souls go when we die. No one knows for sure. And before you argue this statement, go look up the scientific meaning of the word “theory”. Also, zombies won’t just pop up one day, it will be a built-up occurrence with a possibly mysterious origin. I’ll come back to that hypothesis later. Anyway, I think about zombies a lot (very wild imagination) and I always come up with interesting, sometimes contrary and sometimes controversal, hypotheses on the attack of the undead. Now, I’m going to publish it all here. I suppose I’ll be here a lot.

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