Cannibalism for Survival

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  1. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    After watching the film, Hunger (2009/I), I started wondering how many people would resort to cannibalism in order to survive.

    If you want some background into the movie, five strangers awaken in an underground dungeon with no food. They soon learn they are the participants of one mans sadistic experiment to test how far people will go to survive, ultimately resorting to cannibalism.


    So under which circumstances would you ever cannibalize someone to aid your survival?
     
  2. (marc) macrumors 6502a

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    Depends. I wouldn't hesitate long to eat someone who already died / got killed. I'd rather eat the body and survive than let the body go to waste and die myself. If it involves killing someone for food, that's a much tougher decision.
     
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    Same as (Marc):
    Eating might be ok before starving to death myself; killing before eating I'm not sure. But in all cases it must be really extreme and all spider, bugs and flowers are already eaten ...
     
  4. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    You never know , some might say "hell no" but of course they havent been in a situation like you describe.

    Myself YES :) either if it was allready dead or i have to "make it dead".
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    It's true that when people are truly starving to death that the game changes. As it stands, being well fed and watered, I can say I would not be able to consume a fellow member of the human race, but if It was a do or die situation? I'm guessing most people (including myself) would.

    Eating your best friend as the Argentine rugby player did..? That's a biggie.
     
  6. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Anyone is capable of anything, given the right circumstances and stimuli. In the movie scenario -- not that I've seen it -- I figure it'd just be a question of whose switch got flipped first. In a worldwide apocalypse? I'd eat you and everyone you've ever loved.
     
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    The one who is bitching the most about not having anything to eat is the first to go, as well as the fatties.
     
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    Sorry, I misread this at first and thought it said "Cannabis for Survival."

    As you were. :p
     
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    Check out the movie Alive.

    This rugby team from Uruguay crashes in the Andes and have to make some interesting decisions.

    One would need a very sharp knife to skin and clean the body and knowledge of basic anatomy.
     
  12. Hastings101 macrumors 68010

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    It depends - if I had to kill someone I couldn't do it, I'd just starve to death or they'd end up killing me lol. If someone happened to pass away before me and it was do or die then I'd probably give it a try. I would have to be literally dying of starvation though.
     
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    If you and I ever get locked in this room together, you just rose to the top of my list.

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  14. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    This is an interesting topic for discussion, but the reality is nobody knows for sure what they would do if the situation go desperate enough.

    I doubt any of us have ever gone without food more than a couple of days. My closest experience was 72 hours alone with a block of cheese and a water bottle on a survival course. I was hungry, but not desperately so. I spent most of the time just resting and conserving my energy. The guys who got all ambitious, setting snares and eating bugs, etc. were the ones who were in bad shape when the LandCruiser came to pick us up.
     
  15. firestarter macrumors 603

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    I think that would be disrespectful.

    Better to cook them medium rare, with some good salt.
     
  16. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    Pragmatically speaking, what makes eating the meat of a dead person (not being killed for food) immoral (if that is the case)?
     
  17. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Can you please pass the ketchup over ? :p
     
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    What are you saying? All tastes like chicken anyway.
     
  20. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Be that as it may, I'll stick to dark meat. Legs and thighs for me. :D
     
  21. Shrink macrumors G3

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    I don't think I want to be around when you get the munchies.:eek:

    I need all of my parts, such as they are...:eek::p
     
  22. vincenz macrumors 601

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    racist!
     
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    I would like to say no, but I really don't know considering I haven't been in such a situation.
     
  24. firestarter macrumors 603

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    Given that vegetarians aren't going to come out of this alive (as they wouldn't survive on the flesh of others) it would be pragmatic to kill and eat them first.
     
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