16 June, 2005

Zombie Classification

A good little overview of the history of zombological research can be found on Zombierama. Here they list nine of the ten species of zombie known (or hypothesized, in a few cases) to exist. They did, however, forget the tenth zombie type - Zombus Socratus. This is, of course a philosophical zombie that is used as a device in the study of what is known as the mind/body problem. The formal definition of this last type of zombie is: A being that behaves like us and may share our functional organization and even, perhaps, our neurophysiological makeup without conscious experiences or qualia. Do not fear this tenth species - they are usually entirely harmless. In fact you won't even know one exists unless it happens to be a philosopher, which is rare indeed. The problem we run into is summarized by Todd C. Moody in his paper Conversations With Zombies. He points out that if there are zombie philosophers, they would be able to make no sense. This of course makes them nearly impossible to distinguish from ordinary human philosophers. That's all I've got on this species. So if you were ever wondering what all ten species of zombies are - there you have them. Take note.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont know. Zombies fall into all sorts of broad catagories, but I consider all undead flesh eaters zombies. The worker "zombies" of haiti arent really zombies in my book because they are not in fact undead. The way I classify the living dead was always more along the lines of did they fall into a kind of definition,upmost on that list was the fact that all zombies were dead and unitelligent for the most part, classic romero zombies. The demonically possessed fell into some sort of religous subclass, and the magically reincarnated fell into a "magic" group. I like the category system though, I just hadnt thought of putting what I considerd supernatural into the mix with the scientifically reanimated zombies of recent years. ~Z

2:21 AM, July 21, 2006  

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