Eating other people in survival situations

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Is it okay for people to eat each other in survival situations such as on rafts at sea, or should we be willing to die instead of stooping so low?
My own personal thought on this is that when the human body gets desperate for nutrition and water the brain (in most people) shuts down its morality circuits and "squeamishness" circuits and says; "Hey! I don't wanna suffer no more - get munching!" Maybe the prefrontal cortex gets damaged
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What do you think?
 
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Are they first dead ? If yes, then yes, if no, then no.
 
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Are they first dead ? If yes, then yes, if no, then no.
Blah, if you can eat them dead, you can eat them alive as well. "Hey, gimme that arm, will you!!" :tongue2:
 
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I think it's "nicer" to eat something(one) after they die rather than chew on them and listen to the screaming. (Farm stuff)....BUT if I was REALLY starving, I would break their neck first, then chow down...it comes down to a situation that most of us have never been in (nor will ever be).
How can you know what you would do? You do not.
You might consider your morality and your convictions, but if it boils down to eat or be eaten, I'd be EATING...
 
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Say you're drifting alone for too many days. Which part of your own body are you going to start eating?
 
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Even reading this thread is nauseating. :yuck:
 
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If you accept the dictum that in all situations there exists at least one option that it is morally permissible for an individual to make in order to heighten his chances for physical survival, it follows that yes, there may be extreme cases in which it is permissible to eat another person.
(Of course, that other person will have the same right to eat you).
 
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Say you're drifting alone for too many days. Which part of your own body are you going to start eating?
If we start answering this questions, I think this thread will get out of control and end up locked. :tongue:
 
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Say you're drifting alone for too many days. Which part of your own body are you going to start eating?
My left earlobe.
I have never liked it much.
 
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My left earlobe.
I have never liked it much.
How on earth would you do that?

I'd eat a piece of my bottom, but I don't know how on earth I'd do that.

(Assume, of course, you don't posess any cutting device.)
 
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Blah, if you can eat them dead, you can eat them alive as well. "Hey, gimme that arm, will you!!" :tongue2:
Hey radou,do you have any recollections of certain thread yesterday mentioning some "primitive tribes" that inhabit region of Balkan ? :uhh:
 
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Hey radou,do you have any recollections of certain thread yesterday mentioning some "primitive tribes" that inhabit region of Balkan ? :uhh:
You can't be serious. :tongue:
 
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I know one thing for sure:I haven't eaten human meat (raw / roasted/cooked) for nutrition purposes yet.Fortunately.
BTW,few years back I read this book describing true true story of plane crashers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alive:_The_Story_of_the_Andes_Survivors

Frightening and fascinating.
There is a translation of it in Croatian you can get in libraries/bookstores.
 
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Well,I know one thing for sure:I haven't eaten human meat (raw / roasted/cooked) for nutrition purposes yet.
Fortunately.
Really? That's interesting. :biggrin:
 
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The only reason why we regard eating others as "morally difficult", even when it is our sole chance of physical survival, is that such situations happen to be so rare that our habituation mechanism hasn't been set in motion.

If it were a common-place situation we found ourselves in, we wouldn't think it morally difficult to do so at all. And, we would still have the right to call ourselves moral individuals with a conscience.
 
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If we start answering this questions, I think this thread will get out of control and end up locked. :tongue:
Actually, your body would be eating it's self. Your whole body would be your kidney pie, so to speak:yuck:
 
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Perhaps it is better to have a kidney pie than a meat loaf..
 
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How on earth would you do that?

I'd eat a piece of my bottom, but I don't know how on earth I'd do that.

(Assume, of course, you don't posess any cutting device.)
You could feed yourself and do crude "plastic" surgery at the same time!
 
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You could feed yourself and do crude "plastic" surgery at the same time!
Perhaps that's the beginning of a whole new era of plastic surgery.
 
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You cant ask a question like that. The first question you have to ask is if you would eat human as delicacy. If so, you would have no problem eating a man if you were starving. On the other hand you would be very afraid to eat another man if you never given it any thought. Both questions create very interesting investigation.
 
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You cant ask a question like that. The first question you have to ask is if you would eat human as delicacy. If so, you would have no problem eating a man if you were starving. On the other hand you would be very afraid to eat another man if you never given it any thought. Both questions create very interesting investigation.
Well, I guess that the "delicacy-issue" most definitely wouldn't create an interesting investigation.
 
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I forgot to mention that I love Nietzsche. So.. Would a noble man eat another man in any circumstance? or.. Would a surviver of things resort to their last chance like they always do? Examples of 2 very different lifestyles and mindsets.
 
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Is it okay for people to eat each other in survival situations such as on rafts at sea, or should we be willing to die instead of stooping so low... What do you think?
if above question can be rephrased to "would you rather eat someone or starve to death", I say I would eat someone.

our Mother Nature is the greatest judge of all things; She would punish me for not eating with death, and reward for eating with another few moments of life, so She probably thinks eating others for your own survival is good thing. you might say, such an extreme cannibalism is naturally selected.
 
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Perhaps it is better to have a kidney pie than a meat loaf..
So the criteria for a large majority of the members of the team (that gets lost and starving) would only be those people with lean muscle, no trans fatty acids, eat a lot of garlic and are already partially marinated in wine or beer.
 

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