Jun 12

A couple of months ago we told you about a lecture given by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, a Harvard psychiatrist and zombie enthusiast, covering zombie neuroscience and psychology. Unfortunately no one here at Zombie Slash could attend, but thankfully someone did and took extensive notes. We suggest that you take a look. Maybe this zombie thing isn’t so far fetched.

An interesting side note is that Schlozman drafted a faux medical journal article about a zombie outbreak, called “Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome.” Let it be known that we want a copy!

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Apr 14

In spite of the mini-scandal surrounding Boston’s Easter Sunday zombie walk, the hordes turned out and had a bloody good time, with little reference to Zombie Jesus, easter bunnies, chocolate, or colored eggs. Check out these video clips from the Boston Phoenix to get a taste of the event:

Although it’s not true to zombie form, you gotta love the zombies dancing at the end.

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Apr 09

Night of the Living Dead If you’re into zombies for more then the guts and gore and are going to be in the Boston area next week, we recommend that you attend Science on Screen: Night of the Living Dead with psychiatrist Steven C. Schlozman. Prior to watching Romero’s cinematographic opus, Night of the Living Dead, Schlozman will “discuss the theoretical neuroscience of zombies and the psychological effects they have on others.” Fascinating stuff.

Here at Zombie Slash, we’ve already explored the psychological underpinnings of our fascination with the undead, and wonder what a Harvard professor of psychiatry has to say about it. Going one step further, Schlozman will explore people’s hypothetical state of mind when confronted with a zombie attack. What causes them to increasingly regress to a zombie-like state without being infected? The end result maybe resembling what Max Brooks calls “Quizlings”?

We hope you can attend this intriguing lecture and enjoy the movie with a new mind, no pun intended.

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Mar 24

Easter zombie walk The Boston Zombie Uprising have scheduled their upcoming zombie walk for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Now participants are being criticized for the choice of dates, for every reason from scaring children to being disrespectful to Christians.

The organizers are responding by saying they meant no offense, and to please have tolerance on all sides. In a secularizing country (where 15% of Americans have no religion at all) their satirical date choice is far from shocking. But is it offensive?

Comments left on the event’s Facebook page include harsh (and sometimes trolling) criticism such as “Having this on easter will be perceived as being anti christian and mocking jesus,” and “the timing on Easter is clearly offensive.” Are these comments coming from actual zombie walk participants, or from roving bands of Christian e-soldiers? Easter zombie walks aren’t unprecedented. And considering that the Easter Bunny is more iconic of Easter to many Americans than Jesus’ resurrection, the zombie walk’s timing is unlikely to offend the mainstream.

What’s the point of a zombie walk? They’re intended to be provocative. This Easter, Boston is taking the bait.

(Image via killmargot.com)

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