I was just reading over the terms and conditions to my replacement drivers license that arrived in the mail, and at the end was the usual organ donor form, should I so chose to fill it out.

It got me to realise, I really don't know where I stand on donating organs. It's not that I don't want someone to have my organs once I'm dead... it's that back in school in the cadaver lab, we were warned that it takes a while for the brain to completely deplete itself of energy... IE, some cadavers may respond to a scalpel through residual chemical energy left over in the form of an automatic response.

This un-nerves me. To me, it suggests that the conscious mind may also still be active in some way. Given that organ donations have to be removed rather quickly after declaration of death... the idea of my body being shut down, but having some residual consciousness left while they cut my organs out kinda gives me the creeps.

If it weren't for how quickly they harvest the organs after death, I'd have no issue with it. I'm not around any more, I'm long gone, my organs are no longer mine....

...but the quick nature of the organ harvest disturbs me.

The point of all this is...
What are my fellow atheists views on organ donation?

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If I have no need for them (my organs) anymore, why not, I think it is the neighbourly thing to do. I am donating my body to science as well, even if I end up just being a cadaver for some junior doctor to be to practice on. Hopefully in some small way I can still contribute, if only for a brief time after I am gone.
This un-nerves me. To me, it suggests that the conscious mind may also still be active in some way. Given that organ donations have to be removed rather quickly after declaration of death... the idea of my body being shut down, but having some residual consciousness left while they cut my organs out kinda gives me the creeps.

I think a better question is whether or not you believe that the trauma of having your organs harvested in the moments before what you know will be your ultimate demise is worth avoiding so much so that you're willing to let another person die so that your last few seconds are somewhat less discomforting.

I am an organ donor. If I got into a car accident and was told I was going to die but that someone in the next room would live or die depending on how soon they could have one of my organs I would ask them to end me to save that other person.
The rapture isn't coming, so why not? haha. Seriously though, just because your neurons still have some juice doesn't mean that your conscious mind has enough left to register the pain. In fact, I belive I read somewhere that even though the conscious mind may still have activity, the spine no longer has any connection to the brain; therefore, even if you were able to discern what was happening to you, you wouldn't feel anything. Jack has a good point too, why worry about mere seconds of theoretical discomfort when you're dead anyway and what they are doing to your body is going to save at least one life if not several.
I am scheduled for a routine surgery to remove a lymph node from the back of my neck, so I have asked myself these questions, too.

This is what I have concluded.... Dead is dead. I no longer have a use for my body. If the anesthesia kills me, then I want to help people by donating my organs. But it goes beyond that. I have also stipulated that my body is to go to science. My family found this to be disturbing and morbid.

I abhor the thought of being put into the ground in a casket. I can't imagine being burned to ashes, just so my family can spread them somewhere. I figured I could make a significant contribution to society by choosing to make a donation.
Hahaha, and if there were a heaven, I would look down and LMFAO!
I have read that that sort of thing happens much less often these days. Medical schools now try to make sure their students understand the incredible gift that the cadavers are. Some schools even have memorial services for the cadavers which the students can attend and participate in.
If you're still slightly conscious, which seems doubtful, and your organs are indeed harvested your final moments will be filled with the awareness that your body is going to enhance or extend the life of another. I don't see the problem.
Uh, rest assured you will be dead and not feel the donation. Even with the heart stopped for a few minutes and being revived there is serious brain damage. I can't imagine they would harvest your organs faster than your brain dies, they probably rush you to a hospital or clinic but that could take a half hour to prep and sanitize everything.

Although that might be cool to feel if you were on your way out anyway...if you weren't savable, at least you'd die knowing you were helping others.
I can understand why you have the creeps, but wouldn't you be less aware than when you're sleeping or otherwise unconscious?

I think the benefits of saving another outweigh the risks here. Then again I'm an organ donor, and I'm okay with my remains going to science or even creepy stuff, like the "Bodies" exhibit.
Take'm, I don't need'm anymore.
You'd only need them after you die if you believe you'll be back again to use them, e.g. bodily resurrection.
Have you heard of bodyworlds?
http://www.bodyworlds.com/en.html

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