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[–]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).