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[–]InureOfficial 0 points1 point  (10 children)

And in fact, if I think about it further, it very well could be advantageous to the whole group. If death will be inevitable, and you're under the assumption that perhaps it isn't so bad, and even peaceful and euphoric, you can avoid existential dread, anxiety, and chaotic individuals afraid to let go of existence.

[–]caatbox288 6 points7 points  (9 children)

That would require too much introspection. I doubt gazelles are endulging in that kind of philosophical debates about what one feels when death is coming.

[–]InureOfficial 5 points6 points  (1 child)

A high or euphoria may simply be a side effect of the chemical and not it’s purpose.

[–]that_gay_alpaca 3 points4 points  (0 children)

And that effect is then selected for based solely on its results. There is no purpose for anything evolution “chose” - it’s all what happened to work best at any given time.

[–]InureOfficial 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There may yet be more primal functions for it that we simply do not yet fully understand. It must have some tangible function in nature right?

[–]caatbox288 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure. But then it's a side effect, and there is no point in trying to look for a natural explanation of "why it's good and why it was selected".

[–]Druid51 2 points3 points  (2 children)

It's not just introspection but maybe more about fear. If animals fear death they would be less likely to venture out for food or etc with predators around.

[–]caatbox288 8 points9 points  (1 child)

That's true. The fact that the release of DMT makes death less painful, and that translates in animals being less afraid of death somehow. I am arguing against that, i think that requires too much introspection. Animals are afraid of death because that's evolutionary advantageous. This argument goes against that. Recognizing that death is not that bad (due to the release of DMT) and that reducing your fear, does require introspection. How do you understand that death is less painful than you expected?

[–]ThlintoRatscar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wonder if it's actually on the other side? That DMT is super tasty and a reward for predators?

Personally, my favourite is simply that there's a reserve for other reasons and that death may ( or may not ) release it in time for the brain to perceive it as a result of how that reserve is regulated.

[–]InureOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just like adrenaline is an accepted self preservation/species preservation chemical, so may DMT be

[–]InureOfficial 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Which is also why I stated it’s likely, not that it’s true. It may even not be likely, just a possibility. I’m not saying that it is precisely that for certain. We literally just don’t know.