Answer: They have the same question in common – where does the soul go after infection or during teleportation?
Have you ever watched Star Trek and given a little thought to what happens when a person is deconstructed and transported over a distance? What do you get at the other end? The original person – or an exact copy, allowing the unfortunate original to disappear forever into nothingness? Sort of smacks of the film “The Sixth Day” with my mate Arnie, where clones can be reproduced a number of times while a score is kept in the form of dots inside their eyelids. Which version of Captain K are we watching through each progressive episode?
With respect to a zombie, when they come back to ‘life’, is the soul trapped inside the slowly rotting husk or has it taken flight, the person involved being truly dead? Unanswerable.
Of course both of these questions assume the existence of a soul. One of the hardest things to prove is the absence or presence of something we cannot even quantify. Experiments have been done that attempt to weigh a body before, during and after death. There seem to be detectable differences, but could this be due to the change in disposition of the body? Remember the expression ‘dead weight’? A person appears unreasonably heavier because their own muscles no longer take up the slack when they are lifted. Maybe the weight difference detected at death is aligned to this principle rather than the departing soul.
I personally believe there is something within us that makes us ‘us’, so to speak. It could be called a soul, it could be called ‘the big baldie’, the name doesn’t really matter. While writing my book ‘The Animus Portal’, I made what I think is an interesting point. The awkward juxtaposition of the scientist that says we have barely scratched the surface of brain capability and function versus the scientist that says we use less than 30% of our brains. Two points come from this assumption, the first is why has our brain developed to only use such a small part, and secondly, if we know so little about the brain, how can we expound so, quantifying how much of our brain we use?
Are you exhausted yet? What I am saying is, next time you see a zombie film, or watch a sci-fi where Scottie is beaming someone up, think about the soul. Where the hell is it?
Zombie books by David K Roberts:
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle
The Common Cold: A Zombie Chronicle – Cabin Fever (Sequel)
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle
Return Of A King: A Zombie Chronicle – Z Factor
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