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I’m presently writing a paper on the economic regulation of zombie banks, and must therefore do research on the topic. The paper I’m currently reading contains a brief description of all types of zombies before discussing the economics of zombie banks.

Roughly speaking, there are three types of
zombies.3 The first is the Hollywood zombie found in horror movies. They are dead
human beings that have been re-animated for some reason. They often attack living
humans and eat flesh. The people attacked by zombies are often themselves turned into
zombies. “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) directed by George Romero is considered to
be the first movie that started the genre of zombie movies.
The second type is an Haitian zombie. These are humans who have been deprived
of their free will by practitioners of voodoo magic. They are often used as puppets of
the masters.
The third type is a philosophical zombie. This is a philosophical construct sometimes
used in the literature on mind-body problems. Zombies are physically identical (including
brain and neural system) to regular humans but lack conscious experiences. If conscious
experience can be explained in physical terms, a being physically identical to a human
must therefore have conscious experience, and thus zombies are logically impossible. The
logical possibility of zombies can be a key issue in the debates between materialism and
dualism in understanding the human mind.4

So, how thorough a description of zombies do you think that is?

Source: Hoshi, Takeo, “Economics of the Living Dead,” The Japanese Economic Review, March 2006

(As an aside, I mean no disrespect to Professor Hoshi. He teaches at the IR/PS international relations school at the University of California, San Diego where I went on exchange. In fact, I attended one of his lectures. I think it may even have been on zombie banks).

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