posted on Feb, 11 2009 @ 09:38 PM
There are many different types of zombies. Some are more 'real' than others.
There are the Haitian voodoo zombies that are 'killed' and 'brought back' all with the use of a neurotoxin found in the puffer fish. the toxin
renders the victim almost dead and works on a level intricate enough to make all signs of life seem to stop. The person is buried and usually recovers
from their coma in a few days if they have not suffocated. They 'awaken' with so much brain damage, all they can do is stumble around and perform
mindless tasks. Actually, many of these 'zombies' are created by sugar plantation owners as a costless labor force or as a spiritual punishment.
There are the mythical zombies that are caused by solar flares or solar radiations or satan or magic or a curse or whatever. These are fictional. Once
a brain is dead, it cannot come to life again. Period.
There are the 'infected' zombies that are 100% possible. There are many diseases transfered through saliva and biting and there are many diseases
that are close to mimicking cinematic 'rage zombies' or the like. Rabies and mad cow diseases are very close to simulating a 28 Days Later like
'zombie'. Rabies for instance causes neural damage and manipulates the brain into acting out violently with the intent only to transmit the virus.
Infected nocturnal animals are known to attack without provocation in broad daylight only to injure, kill or infect and move on. Rabies still have a
little ways to go until it turns humans into mindless killing machines impervious to perceptions of pain, but its dang close as well are others. There
are also millions of viruses that mutate and evolve and infinite chances that there are dormant or undiscovered viruses just waiting to run amok in
our gray matter. Not to mention any chemical warfare could lead to developing a horrible virus as well.
There are small, microscopic robotically enhanced organisms called nanobots that have a future of medical applications. These nanobots are currently
being designed to regenerate cell structures and continue the transmission of brainwaves and signals through the body as well as repair. They will
operate under a self preservation program. Who knows what enough of these things will do to self preserve? Take over a dead brain and keep a body
moving? Transmit themselves through bites like a virus?
In this world exists something called a horsehair worm. The sole purpose of this worm is to reproduce and feed its offspring. The offspring live in
water but eat other insects that do not normally submerge themselves. What the parent horsehair worm does is creep into the body of crickets and
grasshoppers, secrete a chemical into the brain and steer the bug like a bumper car from hell into the nearby water to die and feed.
Along these lines is a bacteria that breeds best inside cat intestines and has found a way to infect mice and make them suicidal. Scientists have
tested this bacteria by infecting some mice and not infecting others. There is then cheese placed in a simple maze coated in feline scent. The non
infected mice cower and do not move forward while the infected gather around the cheese not even concerned with eating it as nourishment.
These bacterias exist and could just as well evolve to pay with us.
I will gather some links and post them soon.