The Science of Vampires
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· Are any vampire myths based on fact?
· Bloodsucking villain to guilt-ridden loner—what has inspired the redemption of the vampire in fiction and film?
· What is Vampire Personality Disorder? What causes a physical addiction to another person’s blood?
· Are there any boundaries in the polysexual world of vampires?
· How could a vampire hide in today’s world of advanced forensic science?
· What is the psychopathology of the vampire?
· What happens in the brain of a vampire’s victim?
essential nature of things. To some, the one essential principle of reality was change, while to others it was permanence. Yet a few thinkers saw reality as mental rather than physical, and it wasn’t long before reality was divided into two essences: mental and physical, or ideas and things. It was Aristotle who began to organize concepts about the physical world, and his approach to science long defined its methods in the Western world. The mental or spiritual perspective was relegated to the
realm of religion, where it lost prestige with scientists, while science focused on what could be observed, measured, and categorized. In the seventeenth century, French philosopher Rene´ Descartes de- SHAPESHIFTER 51 cided that the world worked like a machine. Everything had a physical context. He then used geometry to relate time to space, and shortly thereafter Isaac Newton made this the foundation for his laws of mo- tion. According to these laws, which dominated scientific thinking
vampires have other fluids inside their bodies or else their saliva would be blood as well. Why the ingestion of blood would produce blood tears any more than the ingestion of wine would make us weep red zinfandel is a mystery. The same goes for hair that must return to its original state when cut. We see this in The Vampire Lestat when Gabrielle attempts to shear off her long hair—a sign of her femaleness, which she desires to shed. Try as she might to adopt a more practical style, her hair
Yet they may also be rooted in a transformation of mortal biology, as we’ve seen in the discussion of immortalized cells. While some of the powers listed above will be discussed in the next chapter, let’s examine one area that received emphasis in the eighties and that has since influenced the creation of vampires: psychic powers. The idea that vampires might be able to exercise mind over matter and achieve feats beyond anything a mortal can accomplish would seem to be a logical development.
time-line these crimes, we see a sixteen-year hiatus where apparently nothing happens and then we have this whole cluster within about a year. That starts with an eight-year-old female found outside, where he stabs her a few times and makes some attempt at concealment. Then you have a male, so that’s different victimology, but he was stabbed twenty times, so that’s of interest for similarities between those crime scenes. Then you have two young girls murdered together, and then an adolescent