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SCIENCE: Why We Love the Undead

The Walking Dead - AMC

1) We like considering an apocalypse.

People have been making predictions about the end of times for a very, very long time. They’ve never been correct, but that doesn’t seem to deter modern-day apocalypse forecasters. Live Science previously reported on the growing trend of apocalypticism, and how an increasing number of books, television shows and movies have portrayed postapocalyptic worlds over the past several decades. Among them is AMC’s sci-fi series “Fear the Walking Dead” (which airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT). The show, now in its fourth season, follows characters as they try to survive a zombie-driven apocalypse.

2) Zombies are more thrilling than they are terrifying.

Walking-dead humans don’t exist, and people know this. They enjoy the scary feelings they get when watching horror shows because they know they aren’t really in danger, David Rudd, a psychologist and president of the University of Memphis, previously told Live Science. Because they know the risk of something like a zombie attack is marginal, they experience excitement instead of fear, Rudd said.

By Kimberly Hickok – Full Story at Live Science


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