Drowning is actually quicker than you think. You are unconscious in about 3-4 seconds after you reach your oxygen-deprivation limit and just start floating at the mercy of the current.
@Hawner And you know this, with confidence, how? Did you drown, and DIE, like brain dead, of just losing consciousness, and then were rescued and brought back?
Because several years ago I worked as a Life Guard and, to get certified as such, we had to study, among other things, the the processes of hypoxia during drowning. We were even shown some video examples of people drowning during floods.Furthermore, I currently work as a nursing assistant and, to get that certificate, I had to study human anatomy, which includes complications and illnesses of the respiratory system. While I do not know personally have drowned, I can say with quite some certainty that, on those situations, one can go through the entire drowning in less than a minute, and the lose of consciousness happens in the last 3-4 seconds. After that, the brain uses the remaining oxygen to keep itself alive as long as it lasts, but you don't perceive that process. If you were to be saved 5, 10, 30 minutes or one hour later, if they manage to revive you, your perception of the passed time and what happened to you would be reduced to a couple of seconds of falling asleep.Now, your turn. How do you know with confidence that that is not the case? Have you drown and die but your consciousness was still active in a sort of void or viewing the world around you but incapable to move? Are you a neurologist that has studied the human brain and all its processes and so you know what happens to or conscience when we drown, better than the rest of the scientist that studied the matter before you?I apologize for how that last part sounded, but I wanted you to feel the same you made me feel with your tone. You can doubt and debate me if you want, that is your right, but please do so with respect.
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