We all wonder what happens to the man when he dies. Australian neurologist Dr. Cameron Shaw has no information on whether there is life even after death, but he managed to find out what’s going on with the brain for a few moments before all life functions are extinguished.
Namely, he made a vivisection of the human brain of a woman who decided to donate her brain after death, for the sake of science.
When he was in the brain, he explained its structure and how certain parts behaved at the moment of death. He explained how the brain evolved through millions of years of evolution of the human body. Scientists believe that the most primitive area of the human brain first developed – the basal ganglia that controls basic human preferences such as hunger, sexual desire and movement.
The structures associated with the higher intellectual and emotional functions-the hippocampus and the temporal lobe-were created later, and gave the man the opportunity to remember and learn, while the cortex, the outer layer of the brain, was believed to have been created last. It contains four lobes that control human morality and the ability to plan the future.
This division of the brain is crucial to understanding death because Dr. Shaw explains that the brain dies in stages. As the flow of blood comes from the interior, outer layers that control larger and more humane functions, such as personality and sense of the future, die first in the first 10 to 20 seconds. Areas that control memory and communication die after them, and the core remains the last.
Although the man is alive while the brain core is still functional, Dr. Shaw explains that a man in this condition actually vegetates.
“This person can be said to be dead because he is unaware of himself or the environment around him, but if the basal structure remains intact, the man will still breathe and there will be a pulse,” explains Dr Shaw.