Breathing can be controlled voluntarily, even though it is automatic. What happens if a person loses voluntary control of their breathing? How much would it effect day-to-day life? What are its effects on exercise?

  • $\begingroup$ What specific problem are you trying to solve. broad hypotheticals are generally off topic. to start with how did they lose voluntary control. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Dec 26, 2022 at 1:20
  • $\begingroup$ Some sort of surgery that accidentally cut the "voluntary-control-nerve?" $\endgroup$
    – user73773
    Dec 26, 2022 at 1:21
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    $\begingroup$ That would entail severing quite a few nerves. This is only likely to happen in the case of a broken neck or something else of great severity - there would be issues with breathing at all, let alone voluntarily. Could you be a bit more specific about what it is you're trying to explore, and with what purpose? $\endgroup$ Dec 26, 2022 at 2:21
  • $\begingroup$ It's basically the same purpose as that of Randall Munroe's What If book. $\endgroup$
    – user73773
    Dec 26, 2022 at 2:22
  • $\begingroup$ I'm afraid I'm not familiar with that. Could you edit the question to add details from the book which would be relevant, as comments are not intended to last. You're perhaps referring to some sort of brain-surgery? Might not Psychology & Neuroscience be a better place to ask about the consequences of that? You'd need to be clearer about what's going on in the story. $\endgroup$ Dec 26, 2022 at 2:24


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