How Does it Feel to Die?

Submitted by: Shipduck 9 years ago Science
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19626252.800

I suppose drowning would be best... Apart from the burning sensation maybe.
There are 61 comments:
Female 505
i think being shot in the head would be pretty painless. its instantaneous i think
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Female 29
people are saying they want to die from old age OR in their sleep... i want to die from old age in my sleep!!
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Female 7
live ad let live
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Female 21
i hate it when people experiment on animals... wtf did they ever do to us?
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Male 572
i would want to die from the incredible hulk running me over in the batmobile...lol XD.
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Female 576
spiffy article.

hahaha....they all sound scary
specially burning or hanging.
:p

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Female 97
Uh, what a lovey cheerful article.
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Male 2,600
"and how the ef would they know how it feels?...they`ve obviously havent felt it for themselves"

Because if we can`t actually *feel* it we can`t possibly predict how it must feel based on what processes are acting on the body and the effects thereof, right?

Sheesh. No wonder there is so much of a misconception of the limitations of science.

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Male 1,114
Heroin overdose, you become so relaxed you stop breathing, that`s how i want to die...
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Female 442
I`d rather bleed to death.
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Female 107
Is it horrible that -some- of this made me laugh? Like when decapitation can occur if a person isn`t hanged properly?
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Female 663
What, did they take some kind of poll?

Top 100 people surveyed...

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Female 25
Wow, now I`m depressed. >_>
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Female 46
I heard of this guy who tried to commit suicide. He prepared a noose on a tree on top of a cliff, drank some poison, and put his clothes on fire. He decided for a final touch to shoot his head with the gun. So he hanged himself and pulled the trigger.....

But he MISSED and shot the rope instead!...cutting the rope, he plunged into the water....removing the flames....and he puked....removing the poison. After some time, some man found him and sent him to a hospital. He later died of hypothermia. What a way to die! =D

There was also a lady who was suicidal after her husband told her he was having an affair with her best friend and wanted a divorce. So she jumped out of the 2 story window and.....landed on her husband right when he exits the house! He then dies because of her fall and she live because he broke her fall.

She then got the house and insurance.

Hmmmm....I would like to choose to live. I like living. Life is so live-aful.

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Male 432
The worst that`s not on the list of just 1 injury would be a stab directly to the stomach and having your stomach acid seep out and dissolve all your organs as you bleed to death out of more than one orifice...
:-/ X-(
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Female 24
yeah, but my question is what it feels like AFTER the feelings of death. can the scientists answer that???
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Male 429
hmmm. interesting
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Male 1,590
I`ll take "Things I`d Rather Not Think About" for $1000, Alex.
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Female 4
Thats a really interesting article. I think if I died I like it to be with some good ol barbituates and a bottle of Jack Daniels. or crash my spaceship into the sun...
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Female 1,397
Yeesh...how about that lady that got chased around the room by an in-experienced axe-man? Imagine being an on-looker at that execution....I would have attempted to start a slow clap when she died just to make things more awkward.
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Female 4,376
another awful way to die tho other than burning in suffocation by sand. thats what happened at a beach where i used to live. this kid was like 19 and he had been digging a hole in the sand all the day for the hell of it.

it got big too he was like literally inside the whole it was like 8ft deep i believe and all of a sudden the sand collapsed on him. i was there at night when the people were digging in the sand trying to find him and the mother was in hysterics screaming....ahk...it was terrible

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Female 4,376
bleeding to death is actually pretty peaceful in a way because you just lose consciousness and then its over

but i just wanna live forever..so far so good

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Male 9
Yeah, I would definitely want to die in my sleep. But if I had to choose a more gruesome way to go I think it would be jumping off of something VERY VERY high like out of a plane. It would be an instantaneous death because the fall is so great. Also it would awesome to be in free fall for that long. I would be terrified at first but after realizing I`m going to die and there is nothing I can do about it, I just accept it and enjoy the trip. Sort of like that other guy. Only he lived...
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Male 334
"and how the ef would they know how it feels?...they`ve obviously havent felt it for themselves"

read the article before you run your mouth. they talked to people who just barely survived those scenarios

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Male 334
burning would be horrible. It gives me shivers just thinking about it

drowning would make me panic but wouldn`t be as painful as burning for a long time

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Female 295
In cartoons, the character always explodes when pressure drops, I`m REALLY glad that doesn`t actually happen in real life.......
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Male 1,825
i would say falling or bleedin out would be the best. maybe even drwoning depending on the person. or just die in your sleep
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Female 2,695
i am terribly ashamed at the thought of people testing these ways of death on animals..
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Male 41
tricky13"theres more ways to die than this....the worst I can think of thats not there is falling in quick sand or mud out of those id pick decapitation or falling i think...."

actually whenever someone dies in quicksand or mud they don`t sink to the bottom like you think, they just die from starvation or exposure from not being able to get out, but they are on the surface the entire time.

I heard that they came up with a replacement for lethal injection called nitrogen asphyxiation, basicly they put you in a chamber and fill it with the non toxic gas and you don`t get enough oxygen, but you won`t have trouble breathing normally, then you pass out and eventually die with no pain. I also heard that a lot of times when people fall from a high distance they sometimes have a heart attack on the way down. I wonder whats the most ironic way to die.

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Male 602
Wait i though explosive decompression was impossible.
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Male 247
This finally answers a few questions for me. I was wondering about brain function after decapitation.

When I die, I want to die gruesomely, slowly, and with a lot of blood, but painlessly. We only die once and for such a long time...

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Female 486
Burning to death is by far the worst way to go, in my opinion. I`d take drowning over that, though obviously that`s probably not very pleasant either.
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Female 582
with pretty much all of those, you pass out before dying, but what do you feel if you are awake and you die?

oh god, i`m really scaring myself

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Male 1,386
hmm... i would like to die via meteor landing on me while being vaporized by an alien death ray during a nuclear bombing in the middle of a duel (with swords :D). yes. perfect.
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Male 511
id perfer to die in a way no one knows about, but i cant think of one =Þ
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Female 455
I love New Scientist.
I`d have to agree with whoever said Carbon Monoxide would be the best way.
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Male 140
and how the ef would they know how it feels?...they`ve obviously havent felt it for themselves
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Female 145
theres more ways to die than this....the worst i can think of thats not there is falling in quick sand or mud
out of those id pick decapitation or falling i think....
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Female 288
poor animals that get experimented on.
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Female 313
that`s how i would like to die^^
either by painkiller overdose, or preferably old age xD
Great post ;-)
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Male 298
how long does it take for one of those cyanide pills to work?
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Female 56
id hate to die drowning or being burned alive or hanged. UGH, idc if it takes 15 seconds or whatever thats just horrible
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Female 51
Interesting...
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Male 1,275
I like this stuff
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Female 882
carbon monoxide.. apart from a slight headache before unconsciousness that`s it.

worst way would either be burning ORRR
being eaten alive by something small and blunt- like a rabbit.

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Male 2,600
If I was able to choose how I wanted to die, I, like Neil deGrasse Tyson, would want to be launched into a black hole. Sure it`d be incomprehensibly painful having every atom in one`s body ripped apart, but to my knowledge no human has ever thusly died.
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Male 547
Yeah this was interesting.. but i didnt like hearing about the animal experiements... i just didnt think about that
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Male 550
How does it feel to drown in your own bodily fluids?
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Female 251
SHIP DUCK!YOUR PICTURE IS BANANAS IN PAJAMAS!oh how i used to love that show.
ways id like to die
OLD AGE!
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Female 375
Reading "Most of our knowledge of depressurisation comes from animal experiments" and the account of experimenting on dogs made me think.

Imagine if you did that for a job and someone asked you your profession. "Uh, I blow up dogs for money."

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Male 1,629
oh god >.> futurama referance lol i would prefer to be die in the public eye in a way that has never happend b4 so that i wouls be the first lol
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Male 292
i think i would choose, dieing peacefully in my sleep. failing that getting hit by a truck full of explosive acid would be my second choice.

holy crap i just remembered it has to be death by snoo snoo!

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Female 532
Huh...

Well, that was.... macabre

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Male 810
Drowing is something people say is painless.
It`d be scary as f*ck for me. I`d hate to drown to death, particularly because I almost did when I was 10 and that`s an experience I`ll never forget.
(I fell down a waterfall and got stuck underneath the water because of the current)

I`ve heard though that getting hit by a train is the easiest way to die.
Completely instantaneous.
I guess I`ll have to finish the article

And while I`m at it, burning to death is the worst way to die.
Why do you think people jumped out of the WTC`s on 9/11 instead of staying inside?

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Male 1,072
This stuff is always interesting to me
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Male 1,348
How Does it Feel to Die?

Hang on a second let me check.....

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Female 125
Well out of the list I have to say my choices for death are the following....

Ways to die
#1 Bleeding Out
#2 Decapitation
#3 Lethal Injection

Ways to die that I`d like to avoid
#1 Drowning
#2 Fire
#3 Electrocution

Well this was fun.

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Female 326
I`d just like to go in my sleep o_o

Yeah, I`m boring, but it`s the least painful.

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Male 315
I`m bored. Contemplating death sounds like a good way to KILL the time...

Sorry.
*ashamed*

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Male 96
Yeah, this is fun to think about....
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Female 78
Link: How Does it Feel to Die? [Rate Link] - I suppose drowning would be best... Apart from the burning sensation maybe.
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