OpinionForget about lucid dreaming. Lucid beheading FTW!
      – BorgClown, 2008-10-31 at 07:59:03   (5 comments)

On 2008-10-31 at 08:00:37, BorgClown wrote...
Some beheaded heads appear to be conscious for about 15 seconds of being severed, more or less what cardiac arrest victims last. So. Fucking. Cool. http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1172/does-the-head-remain-briefly-conscious-after-decapitation
On 2008-10-31 at 08:01:29, BorgClown wrote...
Dang, it must have read "some beheaded persons"
On 2008-10-31 at 08:10:31, BorgClown wrote...
More complete article: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=495
On 2008-10-31 at 09:14:02, Lee J Haywood wrote...
This is supposed to be an opinion? (-: The whole idea of the face providing 'evidence' of consciousness is a waste of time. If the face moves people say it is the result of spasms, or if you don't get a video recording then it's anecdotal. Alternatively, if the face doesn't move then that does not mean that there's no awareness. It's ridiculous to say that the brain loses all its function at the moment of decapitation. It's obvious that it will take some time for the effects to affect consciousness, the eyes and the ears - but the question is how much time? The only conclusive test, I think, would be to do an MRI scan, although that wouldn't be very practical today. I think that the experience would vary from person to person - some would just black out from the pain, others would be awake due to the shock. But, terrible though the experience would be, I doubt it would last for more than a few seconds.
On 2008-11-01 at 16:27:10, BorgClown wrote...
It is my opinion that this should be an opinion. Being a disembodied head - albeit for a few seconds - would be freaking awesome. I totally concur with the idea that a beheaded person doesn't die instantaneously. As the article says, cardiac arrest victims last about 15 seconds after their blood stopped flowing. The problem is that acute pain or the sudden blood pressure drop could make you unconscious before you enjoyed the situation.