my name is charles and i just made this new account. i found out about this group through a documentary i saw on H2. then i came across this section and i was totally over excited (i think i need a new keyboard now). anywho. i'm no medical expert but i had a few theories on what a real "zombie" is that i wanted to share with you guys and please i would like to hear your feedback, comments and opinions on the matter.
first of all. what is a zombie:
take every possible means of a virus and how it effects the body then apply its means of infection to its host. I believe a zombie is a walking manifestation of plague and alien parasite. There are many parasites in the world that can cause a host to act on one sole purpose and that is to spread the infection. with that in mind, think about the tools readily available to the parasite if it only effects post mortem human beings:
the 5 senses (however in theory if the body is reanimated than i believe the eyes, ears, tastebuds, and things that are normally controlled by the brain cease to exist, unless this parasite only uses the brains motor functions to allow it to do its sole purpose.) so lets go more into detail with the senses of a zombie
the eyes: if vision is somehow functioning, it is black and white. like a dog's vision, but underwater. this due to the slow decaying process of the eyes gradually melting out of the sockets because the bodily functions that are used to protect the eyes decay as well. zombies do not blink, there is no hand eye coordination (i mean. do you see zombies covering their eyes when bright lights from gernades or fires go off around them?) exactly. so if a zombie were to make eye contact with you and react to your presence, than it must be from this "underwater view" of motion and rapid blur movement that causes them to think...prey is in the area.
ears: zombies have a accute sense of hearing demonstrated by the somewhat quick reactions of survivors communicating to each other in loud tones when shouting from a distance. how good is a zombie's hearing? the parasite (or virus) does not add on to what is already given to it. it simply utilizes its resources of its host or carrier until the host is obsolete. with this in mind apply what you know about your own senses. can you hear a gunshot miles away? 20 feet out or 50 feet out if something ran by in the brush ....would you hear it? exactly. the best form of communication during a apocalypse between survivors would be a walkie and headset. only the sound comes to you in one ear, and the other is still free to help you stay on a look out.
nose: the sense of smell....now thats a tough one. do zombies have a sense of smell? if the parasite uses all of the brains motor functions of the senses than i believe the sense of smell would actually be the zombies strongest key aspect when tracking and hunting prey. Even if you are clean or musty. or didnt even give off a scent, any thing but rotting flesh. a zombie could definitely sniff that out. think about how strong your sense of smell is when you are in a dark room? think about all the scents human beings give off in every day activities or survival. the act of cooking, shooting, running, or any activity gives off a distinct odor from dead rotting and deterioting flesh.
taste: lets be real here. if the zombie got a taste of you, there would be no point in reading this for survival.
touch: in almost every fiction or media portrayal of the zombie, its greatest weapon has always been its unrelenting desire to attack and keep on attacking. if the zombie had a sense of touch than fear and pain would be associated in its library. so its only fair to say that whatever has reanimated or infected the carrier its basic biology tells it to cut these functions off for a very specific reason: weakness. what is a common weakness of zombies? they walk through fire, tread underwater surfaces, continue after limbs are chopped and hacked off. These things mostly cause living things to do one thing: run away. however with a zombie there is no fear factor, no sense of touch, because these build a sense of danger, a sense for survival to avoid these things.