Scientists from across the UK will gather in the Science Museum this weekend (2/3 Feb, 11-5.30pm) for ZombieLab. Worried members of the public are invited to study zombies and the science of consciousness as society searches for answers.
Here’s our guide to ZombieLab and the murky world of consciousness…
First, you must prove you’re not already been afflicted with Quarantine. With ten minutes until the safe house doors slam shut, complete the tasks to show you’re fully conscious and you might survive…
Next, watch experts from Cambridge and UCL give a live clinical diagnosis of one of the afflicted, before Prof Anil Seth answers the questions you’ve always wanted to know in his Are Zombies Conscious? talk.
Maya Kaushick at Imperial and Frank Swain, author and zombie expert, will look at what affects our behaviour, the way we experience the world and whether current research could explain the cause of a zombie outbreak? We also ask how our senses drive our conscious experience, and how can we use this knowledge to better understand how zombies hunt?
As the Zombies lurch towards you, can you escape their grasp? Adrian, the neuroscientist behind new smartphone app Zombies, Run! will be on hand to explain how fear and hungry are powerful motivators while you outrun a zombies pack, and Collective behaviour experts Edd Codling and Nikolai Bode of the University of Essex will put you through your paces in the zombie predator-prey game, Horde.
Time passes, and as a cure is found, society asks are zombies accountable for their actions? Join the Trial and decide whether zombie-killers should be imprisoned, not celebrated. The Community Jury Initiative needs you to decide. Outside the Trial, the Pro-Zombie Action Group will be in full swing: Zombies are people too! Stand up for zombie rights with banners, speeches and impromptu demonstrations.
If you’ve enjoyed ZombieLab, please make a conscious decision and donate £3 to the Museum. You can text Zombie to 70500 or donate here.