Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm having a debate with my coworkers about decapitation. We wanted to know if when you got decapitated you still processed images from your eyes to your brain. One of my coworkers thinks that your head would still work until it ran out of oxygen, so for a few seconds more. I think that since the decapitation would also reduce your blood pressure the oxygen in the blood is a moot point. What really happens?
-French Fry Scientist (Formerly Stanley Nickels)
No one knows the answer for sure because, like Sheebs said, it's hard to get approval for those kinds of experiments, and they would be hard to carry out, even if we could. However, from what we know, you're probably right. According to How Stuff Works, there were some reports of disembodied heads blinking and looking when their name was called, but those movements could very well be reflexive, and not conscious movement. According to a study by Dutch scientists involving beheaded rats, neurons stop working properly as soon as blood pressure and oxygen is lost, so the likelihood that such an unfortunate soul could process images during the minute or so between decapitation and death is quite slim.
I just checked with the IRB and they said we can't do any experiments involving decapitation. Too unethical.
Dear the French Fry Scientist formerly known as Stanley Nickels,
I did a survey of all my friends and family and found that none of them had ever been decapitated. So I have no science for you.
Keep it real,
Dear French Fryentist,
I'd answer your question but according to some people I don't count. Still bitter. It's fine.
-Nearly Headless Nick