New York Times ninth annual "Year in Ideas" issue

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13 Responses to “New York Times ninth annual "Year in Ideas" issue”

  1. Gary61 says:

    It’s just like the military says, when faced with a triggered ambush – attack attack attack! Otherwise, everybody dies. (or becomes Zombies, in this case).

  2. glory bee says:

    I play Zombies aND pLANTS WITH MY GRANDSON WHO IS 8.. AND HE HAS CONNIPTIONS BECAUSE i SAY I’M ON THE SIDE OF THE ZOMBIES… aCTUALLY I AM (SORRY NEW COMPUTER COMING SOON, SWITHING INTO UPPER CASE IS NOTHING NEW)/ i’LL TRY AND EMAIL THIS TO HIM. sTUPID PLANTS, i SAY TO HIM AND ‘c’MON zOMBIES” AND HE GETS REALLY SQUINTY EYED AT ME AND FORGETS HE LOVES ME. ‘bRAINS, bRRRRAINS’ i INTONE AS HE TRIES TO ZAP THE ZOMBIES. Psycholically, i try to explain that the plants have ‘nature’ on their side and the zombies have only what wits they have.

  3. Anonymous says:

    His “research” is fundamentally flawed and biased in such a way that apocalypse is the only outcome. The zombies that are “killed” that is, have their limbs riped off heads blown off or are blown into a million pieces by a grenade are sent into the same “pile” as dead humans, and these are all reanimated on equal footing. The effect is ofcause that zombies are immortal, so no wonder they end up concluding that we cannot win.

    The only “Solution” is a stable state where the zombie level is held constant through very heavy combat, which ofcause still doesn’t let us win, since we can’t kill the bastards using his model.
    Though the article doesn’t actually mention this.

    It’s the time old case of bad science, his model is wrong, but he just forces it into a state which resembles his predefined conclusion and interpretates it enough that he ends up predicting what he set out to. And of cause noone cares because his treatment is interesting and his conclusion rational.

  4. WalterBillington says:

    Ummm … forget Romero. Danny Boyle’s zombies are a little more problematic. That’s what’s gonna happen! And Paul Anderson’s nasties … now that’s difficult. Charlie Brooker did some lovely nasties, who homed in on living humans, slowly but surely.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Urban Dead might prove otherwise. The Monroeville PA scenario lasted more than a year I think before the last human died.
    The game’s developer created a nice mathematical simulation of his own way back in 2004:

    http://kevan.org/proce55ing/zombies/

  6. Anonymous says:

    can’t we all just agree that brains are delicious?

  7. cellocgw says:

    Del Toro and Hogan, “Strain,” vol. 1 of a trilogy. Check it out — then wonder who stole whose ‘research’ on infection rates ~_*

  8. arikol says:

    For once the movies didn’t lie to us. Excellent.

    I am currently reading Max Brooks Zombie Survival Guide. Quite a cool book, as was his book World War Z

  9. Gary61 says:

    “Nuke ‘em from orbit – it’s the only way to be sure.”

  10. lbigbadbob says:

    The headline for this should be: Mathematical model decisively proves what we already know to be true.

  11. Tdawwg says:

    There was only one winning solution: fighting back quickly and fiercely.

    Anecdotal, personal evidence would suggest that that’s always already the only solution, whatever the problem!

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