La vie en mort

October 23, 2009 at 12:29 pm 1 comment

| Gabriel |

Denis Colombi has contributed a few entries to the thriving sociology of zombies literature. His abstracts (including a description of zombie habitus) are all funny, but for my money the most sublime satire is his rational choice marginal analysis of zombie equilibrium:

Il faut comprendre les zombis en restituant les “bonnes raisons” de devenir zombis, afin de le faire apparaître comme un comportement rationnel. Ainsi, le choix de devenir ou non zombi dépend avant tout d’un calcul en fonction du rendement espéré de cette transformation. L’agrégation de ces comportements se traduit par un effet émergents, à savoir la réduction du nombre d’humains non-zombifiés ce qui réduit les gains de sa propre zombification. On peut ainsi parler d’une inflation zombifique, comme pour les diplômes.

It’s been a long time since lycée, but here’s my loose translation

We can understand zombies by restoring the “good reasons” to become zombies and thus make it apparent that it is a rational behavior. Thus the choice to become a zombie or not depends primarily a calculation based on the expected value of this transformation. The aggregation of these behaviors results in an emergent phenomenon, that is increasing the number of zombies reduces the marginal value of zombification. We can thus speak of zombification inflation, as with credential inflation for diplomas.

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1 Comment

  • 1. Une heure de peine  |  October 23, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks ! Next step : imagine that sociologist are zombis… Braaaaaaain.


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