Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Zombies Aren’t Real

by Gary Niederhoff on November 12, 2012

Zombies are making a killing in popular culture. But where did the idea behind these mythical, cerebrum-supping nasties come from? Discover why they may be a hard-wired inheritance from our Pleistocene past.

Also, how a whimsical mathematical model of a Zombie apocalypse can help us withstand earthquakes and disease outbreaks, and how the rabies virus contributed to zombie mythology.

Plus, new ideas for how doctors should respond when humans are in a limbo state between life and death: no pulse, but their brains continue to hum.

Meet the songwriter who has zombies on the brain …. and we chase spaced-out animated corpses in the annual Run-For-Your-Lives foot race.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Guy Harrison – Zombie Craze
Part 2: Jonathan Coulton – Zombie Song
Part 3: Robert Smith? – Zombie Invasion
Part 4: Dick Teresi – The Undead
Part 5: Wasik & Murphy – Diabolical Virus

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