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Zombified: Real-World Lessons from Fictional Apocalypses

By: Athena Aktipis,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Athena Aktipis
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You watch a horror movie or TV series and think, “Zombies don’t really exist.” But when you consider the broader definition of zombification—the control of one entity by another—then zombies are definitely among us. And, it turns out, they have much to teach us about the world.

Athena Aktipis of Arizona State University is a self-professed apocalypse enthusiast, and as the host of the podcast Zombified, she knows the undead inside and out. With Zombified: Real-World Lessons from Fictional Apocalypses, she’s compiled her research and insights into a fascinating Audible Original that will have you thinking deeper about all those shambling, brain-hungry corpses in pop culture—not to mention our everyday lives.

Drawing on years of research on zombies and zombification, these six lessons offer a fun way to explore and understand the many forces that influence us. You’ll discover how organisms in the natural world, like the jewel wasp, hijack one another for their own ends. You’ll examine cases of social and psychological zombification involving family members and romantic partners. And, of course, you’ll spend plenty of time with fictional zombies—why they fascinate us, how they map onto topics like infectious diseases and disaster preparedness, and what they reveal about our hopes and fears for the future of humanity.

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Fascinating!

A really interesting set of lessons- uses a range of biological and psychological factors to explore zombie science!

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Don’t know what I expected

Might be my “guy-brain” in action, but I was expecting a critic of our world’s “practical” response to such apocalyptic events as a zombie outbreak. I guess a personal and social perspective of the zombie platform is not unfounded, but I literally was not here for that.
That being said, I can’t find fault with any topic discussed on its own merits. The whole movie sub-genre is a critic on “us” afterall.

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Very interesting perspective

I had never thought of zombification in terms of social norms and rules we all follow.This was an interesting perspective on how we’re all Zombified to a certain extent.

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Loved it did not stop listening from start to finish great job of blending fiction with the fictional

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