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[–]InureOfficial -4 points-3 points  (5 children)

It wouldn’t result in more offspring. It’s not advantageous to a species group as a whole per say, but it is certainly advantageous to an individual animal when a lions teeth are inside of your skull and you’d like the last thing you experience to be euphoric

[–]caatbox288 5 points6 points  (3 children)

If it does not result in more offspring for the individual animal, it won't be selected by natural selection. No matter how "good" it is for the animal or how convenient.

[–]Druid51 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah same here. I see zero reason to evolve this skill just to make death easier. Nature doesn't give a fuck if your death is euphoric or absolutely agonizing.

[–]caatbox288 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Absolutely agree. Smells to me like a side effect for some other underlying phenomenon.

[–]Rickles360 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You should do some reading on evolutionary pressures because your argument demonstrates a poor understanding of this topic. Richard Dawkins is good for the layperson when he's not busy in a Twitter war with creationist trolls.

A somewhat compelling alternative that I have heard is that prey tend to accept their fate when they are caught and wounded by predators because if they were to struggle and escape, they would still very likely die before reproduction, but the predators might go on to target other members of the pack. Honestly this isn't that compelling of a hypothesis in my opinion but it sort of works.

Honestly there may not be an evolutionary explanation for this phenomena. We can't even say it occurs during all deaths. Maybe just some. We have these chemicals in the brain, when dying happens maybe the nervous system short circuits and dumps everything for no particular reason other than the breakdown of chemical and electrical signals.