Since humans are driven by electricity where does it go when we die?

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seandogue2 years ago

A chemical analysis would say it goes back into potential energy for the most part,with some radiated outward as the body cools. Kinda morbid to think about though.

ChaliqB (author) 2 years ago

I believe that electrical current never stops & transfers on back into the universe from where it came to begin with. Our chemical bodies may rot & decay but our electrical force never stops, it just finds another path.

-max- ChaliqB2 years ago

Electrical current does stop if there is no potential difference that pushes it through things.

ChaliqB (author)  -max-2 years ago

Electrical current never stops

-max- ChaliqB2 years ago

Except when there is no potential difference to push charges around and a non-nero resistance. (Note: I am not referring to the random movement of electrons on respective atoms within their orbitals, but that is not electrical current. Electrical current is the net movement of charge.)

-max-2 years ago

Well, ask yourself what is electricity? Do you define it as electrons? or the flow of electrons causing electrical current? Or as a charge that flows around?

I am pretty sure it is the 3rd one. Any moving charge is often associated with electricity. However, it is most common that electrons flow, since they are free to move in most things, like metal. In semiconductors, it is electron holes that move, or surplus electrons, depending on the type. In our bodies, it really depends. Often it is moving ions, as they migrate from one neuron to another.

You can watch the first part to this video to learn what electricity is, at least how I understand it so far.

Kiteman2 years ago

We are driven by chemistry, not electricity.

The "electricity" that sends signals down our nerves is actually a wave rather than a current - parts of neurons change state or transmit chemical pulses.

It doesn't "go" anywhere, it just stops acting.


If you are trying to ask where "we" go when we die, the evidence-based answer is "nowhere" - since our mind & personality are an emergent property of the complex biochemical activity of our brains, when those signals stop, "we" simply cease to exist. "We" didn't exist before our nervous systems developed fully in the late stages of pregnancy, "we" don't exist after death.

petercd2 years ago

I think it would be more accurate to say that our internal organ communications are electrical of nature and therefore when we die, comms cease.

In much the same way, when you lose dial tone on your phone it doesn't go anywhere else, but merely ceases to exist.

Although, if you were to ask monty pythons opinion, they'd probably say the dial tone has shuffled off its mortal coil. :)

iceng2 years ago

Whenever we move a muscle there is a potential produced by chemical action in our body and that of every mammal and fish. The shark has a specific organ to detect that milli-potential making it a devastating hunter who actually closes its eyes at the final feeding moments to locate its live pray.

So in answer ( at least in the ocean ) the electricity goes down a sharks gullet ! :-)

kjsrocks2 years ago

Decompose into the ground.

Then plants take it up then it goes back through the food web again and again

Sources My science teacher

We aren't "driven by electricity", certain chemical reactions within our bodies create electric potentials, but they don't deliver energy within us.

For example: although nerve impulses can be detected as a voltage, signal to and from the brain travel at about 200 mph/320 Kmh