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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: yuppa
You know, they said that about gas chambers. Quick and painless they said. Of course, that did not stop condemned men beating their heads against the chamber walls, because the pain of asphyxia was driving them suicidal. Oxygen deprivation is a cruel, sadistic way to kill. It is not fast, it is SLOW.
Seconds is too long. An instant is all it takes to end a person, and that is the maximum allowable time, if humane treatment of the condemned is a concern. In order to ensure that no pain signal travel from any part of the body to the brain, it is necessary to entirely disrupt the whole body simultaneously, else wise, if you leave it intact during death, some part of the body will know agony. Why? Because the human body has a remarkable ability to fight, without conscious effort on the part of the person whose body is in question. It has certain autonomic functions, which regardless of the consciousness or lack thereof of the owner, kick in when the body is in crisis.
The only way to prevent drawn out, painful deaths, is to ensure the total obliteration of the target, from skull to toe tip, all at once, so that there is no time for any electrochemical signal to travel anywhere in the body. Any other method could either fail, or take much longer than anticipated in some subjects, leading to a painful and prolonged death. There is no humanity in taking that risk by using subtle methods to remove a persons soul from their body.