A zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi; North Mbundu: nzumbe) is an "animated corpse resurrected by mystical means, such as witchcraft". The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.
In these days of technological wonders we see many examples of mechanisms that respond to their surroundings, even appear to think and yet are little more than a bundle of pre-programmed responses. Who then is to say whether persons who appear in every sense to be alive can in fact be un-self-aware, dead and yet animated by some craft (science) that mimics obvious aspects of the living?
Ancient text such as the scriptures have many references to people being in this state and today we will examine this evidence to see if we need to take a fresh look at what 'being alive' really means.