In philosophy, zombies are fictitious creatures created to shed light on issues concerning consciousness and its relationship to the physical world. Unlike the ones in movies or witchcraft, they are exactly like us in every physical way except for the lack of conscious experiences: there is ‘nothing it is like’ to be a zombie. On the other hand, they act exactly like us, and some even spend a lot of time debating consciousness.
Some people believe zombies exist. However, many believe they are at least conceivable, and some believe they are possible. If zombies are real, it appears that physicalism is false and some form of dualism is true. That is the primary significance of the zombie concept for many philosophers. It is also useful for sharpening philosophical theorizing about consciousness and other aspects of the mind. The use of the zombie concept in opposition to physicalism raises broader questions about the relationships between imagination, conceivability, and possibility. Finally, zombies raise epistemological issues: they reintroduce the ‘other minds’ conundrum.
Popular media franchises such as The Walking Dead and The Last of Us have reignited interest in zombies. Despite the fact that the zombies are fictitious, many people believe a zombie apocalypse could occur. There is no evidence that a zombie apocalypse is imminent, but anything is possible. Some diseases, such as rabies and leprosy, have characteristics similar to zombies, suggesting that we may end up with a “zombie” variant on our hands.
Scientists have investigated whether there is a virus that could cause an apocalypse, but no breakthrough has been made. With the rapid spread of coronavirus, one wonders how quickly a ‘zombie’ virus would spread to cause an apocalypse. If a zombie apocalypse were to occur, the containment would be entirely dependent on how the outbreak began. In most movies and TV shows, zombies bite people, turning them into zombies as well. A mutant virus’s spread would be far more difficult to contain.
What to do if a Zombie Apocalypse occur?
When it comes to a zombie apocalypse, movies and TV shows have taught us the dos and don’ts. The most obvious first point is to avoid any areas infested with zombies. If you can’t avoid it, find a safe place to hide. Ensure that supplies such as food and water are easily accessible. If you need to travel to a new location, travel in a group so that you have a better chance of defeating any zombies that come your way.
Where is the safest place on Earth?
Bunkers are typically the best places to hide during a zombie apocalypse. If you want to see the sun again, take a boat out to a remote island and spend the day there. You can only hope that the zombies don’t follow you there. Prisons are almost always a good option. There’s plenty of space and hiding spots if the zombies ever catch up with you. Going up high may seem like a good idea, but if you get into trouble, there may be no way back down.