TIL Dr Livingstone (‘I presume’) was caught and mauled by a lion but felt only a painless dreaminess, later concluding “This peculiar state is probably produced in all animals killed by the carnivora; and if so, is a merciful provision by our benevolent Creator for lessening the pain of death.”

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  1. I mean, going into shock is a well-known thing, but I have to wonder how there could be any evolutionary advantage to this. It’s not like a painless death gives survival benefits since (normally) you can’t pass on your genes after you die

  2. I know that when you dream you aren’t thinking rationally but the other night I was dreaming that I was force fed poison and I was dying. After I got over the panic I started to wonder what was after in an almost too lucid way. Like, this is the only way to know what’s after death. Is it nothing? And I wasn’t scared anymore. Just curious.

    Then I died and woke up. Work. That’s what’s after.

  3. Ill tell my girlfriend this, she works in the bush in BC and is deathly afraid of Grizzlys.

    Dont worry Babe, if you get eaten by a bear you wont feel anything, but you WILL get to watch it happen!

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