Zombies and Styrofoam Cups


Do you choose to drink your morning coffee our of a Styrofoam cup? To cure the zombies we need a dose of objective Reality. We have this idea, in the Modern West, that meaning is in the mind--the individual mind. The logic being: It has to be, because it can't be anywhere...

Zombies and Time


We modern folks have a very modern view of time. Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. Zombies challenge this optimism...

Zombies Never Have Birthday Parties


Zombies are, in part, a product of our view of time.  We understand time to be sequential.  Of course there is a sequential dimension to time, but is this the only way we experience time? I don't think so.  Let me illustrate: Is today (January 28, 2016) closer to A) January...

Zombies and Progress


The above quote is attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper. I don't think it's true. For one thing, I don't think it is necessarily the most dangerous phrase -- others are more dangerous. For instance, "because we've always done it this way, let's try something else" would be more dangerous...

Zombie Burger


My three most memorable hamburgers are: 1) the Kobe Beef Burger that I eat at the Issaquah Brew Pub every spring with my gaming buddies. 2. The burger I ate at Norma's in Lacey, Washington, was by no means a gourmet burger, but it tasted great and had that 1950's...

Killing Time


In English we have only one word for time--we might as well call it "zombie time" because it's dead and had a voracious appetite.  The ancient Greeks understood time in two ways, and I think the recovery of this second kind of time might just be one of the cures...

Fear the Walking Dead — “So Close, Yet So Far”


Even before any external crisis, such as the zombie apocalypse, became apparent, the central family in Fear the Walking Dead was being pulled in many different directions. Travis tells his son Chris that "We're all building a family, OK, all of us," but Chris isn't interested in this new project.  He's uwilling...

Fear the Walking Dead – The Pilot


I've already commented on the opening scene of Fear the Walking Dead, but the whole of the pilot is worth some discussion. The pilot follows a family living in L.A.  In every description of Fear that I came across, the word dysfunctional was used to characterise the family at the center...

Fear the Walking Dead – The Opening Scene


I was really looking forward to seeing the opening scene of the series premier of Fear the Walking Dead because I loved the first scene of The Walking Dead so much.  I’m sure you too remember the little girl dressed in pink pajamas and nightgown holding her dolly as she turns...

The Philosophy of Hell


Jean Paul Sartre notoriously said, "Hell is other people." Terry Eagleton counters, "It is exactly the opposite. It is being stuck for all eternity with the most dreary, unspeakably monotonous company of all: oneself." It's not too much of a stretch if I say that there is something hellish about...