Okay, so you just had your head lopped off by the disgruntled and oppressed masses. Your grieving widow is off to prison. The people rejoice.
All’s right with the world and you’re off to whatever afterlife you believe in.
Not so fast, pal. Turns out you might not be quite dead yet.
According to LiveScience, a severed head might live a little longer than you’d want to.
In 2011, Dutch scientists hooked an EEG (electroencephalography) machine to the brains of mice fated to decapitation. The results showed continued electrical activity in the severed brains, remaining at frequencies indicating conscious activity for nearly four seconds. Studies in other small mammals suggest even longer periods.
If true in humans, those few seconds would provide enough time for a strange and terrifying experience: count off four seconds (“one Mississippi…”), and notice how much of your surroundings you can register.
Gah. Those are four seconds I could do without, thank you.
But hey, look on the bright side. You might live long enough to have your head attached to a robot body. That would be kinda cool, right?