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Friday, April 22, 2011

Post-Apocalyptic Eden

Very interesting review of the wildlife conditions in Chernobyl. Sounds like it is not too far off from STALKER. Monster catfish, horribly mutated trees ... H.P. Lovecraft would have adored this place.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks; beautiful stuff. Lotsa Ukranians and Poles in my hometown. UberPeople

OhioDude

Joseph Dantes said...

Here's the really interesting question, Tex.

I think you said that zombies are just an archetype from ancient memories of times of starvation, when diseased starved packs of staggering cannibals haunted and hunted the landscape.

So what if the weird landscape is another archetype, the unnatural peace... signifying radiation zone... keep out?

What if we vaguely remember the reversals?

Anonymous said...

Google "kiddofspeed"; it links to a site with lots of freaky photos of the dead zone.
AKM.

Texas Arcane said...

The link to KiddofSpeed is in the blog post.

Texas Arcane said...

Joseph Dantes :

Interesting, right?

People have suggested our entire culture actually revolves around the idea of the shelter and of hiding belowground.

Of course these instincts would be relatively much stronger in people with greater Neanderthal gene expression and not so much in Rhesus monkey people. Neanderthals would have lived through many of these events and it explains why they were so obsessed with caves and deep underground places where they are often found.

Joseph Dantes said...

"People have suggested our entire culture actually revolves around the idea of the shelter and of hiding belowground."

Perhaps you could expand on that, I'm not quite sure what it could mean.

Texas Arcane said...

Joseph -

Suggestions have been made in several books I've read recently that our belief that hell is belowground and heaven is open air and sunshine is directly a result of our having been forced into a subterranean existence to escape the surface many, many times in history and our yearning to return to where the sun is, "heaven," regarded as fresh air and clouds.

This isn't saying that either doesn't exist, but that our preconceptions of these final destinations may be a direct result of our experience as a species.

That Neanderthal skeleton kept in the front hall of the British Natural History museum for a hundred years was suffering from a terrible case of rickets. It is now believed that man may have spent his entire life belowground and his bones show evidence he may have derived his protein from a diet of cave fish. You can imagine what the memory of the sun would do to such a person and how this cycle would enter into their mythological traditions after being forced again and again at 11,500 year intervals to live safely belowground during these cyclic events.

Anonymous said...

Really interesting idea, Tex. I don't suppose you could supply us with a reading list on the subject?

Anonymous said...

Oops, apologies Tex, didn't work first time I clicked on it- that's why I missed it.
AKM.

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