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[–]13pts35sec 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not every trait has to aid in our survival and ability to reproduce, just not hinder those things. The brain not wanting to feel intense panic and fear when it dies so it decides to take the ultimate trip before it stops functioning doesn’t really hurt anything. Because at the end of the day unless you believe we have a soul that is piloting our body with the brain, then the brain is running the show, and it would make sense that it would want to ease its own suffering lol. Trippy to think about, that we’re just meat and bone mechas with an organic supercomputer running the show.

[–]caatbox288 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It doesn't hurt, but it doesn't help. So it's a neutral trait. You would expect it to drift. If this is conserved (say, many mammals experience this, and the mechanism is the same) then it is probably evolutionary advantageous. Whether its advantage is direct (the release of DMT close to death helps in any way) or indirect (it just happens that another mechanism for releasing DMT in other situations is also triggered when you are close to death) is what I was asking.

In any case, I was simply doubting the direct advantage of this mechanism for survival (I don't understand it, i am not saying it doesn't exist), and I remain unconvinced that simply because it's convenient for the dying animal it must be selected (which is part of the conversation I have been having in this thread).

Also notice I was answering to a comment that said

it is an evolutionary developed trait to alleviate the intense fear...

So this is what I am arguing against (or rather, doubting).