The age old dilemma with this question is pretty simple so I will point it out for everyone.
You see .. people do not usually want to eat human meat, it's just a natural thing that we do not want it, be it a social taboo, something in our
psyche, whatever .. its just the way it is. Now there are your odd exceptions, the wacko cannibal types such as Jeffrey Dahmer.
Now, in all situations where man has resorted to eating his fellow man to survive after running out of all other options, the humans involved are
usually by that point in time extremely malnourished, starving, weak but most importantly, not thinking straight, delusional, hallucinating,
irrational. This alone does not overcome the natural taboo, but it helps. What has happened in the past on ships lost at sea, arctic expeditions that
get lost or stranded, boats that ran aground in the polar regions, etc, is that the people involved systematically ate everything
, even their
own sled dogs, or in the case of a ship, their own slaves!
After the dogs, horses, and slaves are all gone, the people are still starving, so they begin eating those that die, or killing those on the verge of
death in the party and then eating them. After this, they would take a lottery, and whoever came up.. was the one getting killed and eaten. I watched
a documentary about it, one guy went permanently insane because his number was chosen in the lottery, and they were going to kill him and eat him the
following morning, but then they were found and saved. Nevertheless, the mental trauma of being up all night thinking about your imminent demise on
top of a malnourished, starving scurvy ridden body was enough to permanently make him crazy.
So then, we cannot accurately answer this question because we are not starving
. If we were starving, the answers would likely be much, much
different. Those who held out and refused at first would eventually give in when their body ate itself to near-death. Then it becomes .. death or a
taboo meal. Most pick the taboo meal.