I'm designing a world that takes place in life after death. This place is like a parallel to our world, a worse version of it. Everybody here is a skeleton, their consciousness are loaded in their heads and if their heads (eyes and mouths) crumble, they will fall into an infinite space. So I'm wondering is it possible to live as a skeleton normally? If it isn't, what would be the closest scientific explanation?
So I'm wondering is it possible to live as a skeleton normally?
No, for a lot of reasons:
- bones alone won't hold together and the skeleton would crumble to pieces in the blink of an eye. Which based on your description is leads to the infinity.
- bones alone can't perform any metabolism: they can't exchange gases, they can't allow the flow of blood, they can't digest food...
- bones alone can't move
- bones alone can't process any information (kudos @Philipp)
You can only explain it with magic.
If it isn't, what would be the closest scientific explanation?
The skeletons are artificial, and actually are complex robots which have a human conscious (somehow) transferred into it / are piloting it remotely. That's the closest plausible explanation you can really get.
Yeah, skeletons, unless you mean something else by that word, are not going to be alive on their own.
- They are some humanoid animal with no or little fat tissue, pale skin, no hair, and very fragile. They are no skeletons by any account (they have all their vital organs like any other animal), yet, they could give that impression to an ignorant observer. Fully black eyes and some teeth sticking out could help sell the impression. Without hair or fat, these animals are going to suffer a lot from temperature changes. Perhaps they have an exoskeleton?
- The world is a simulation, and everybody appears as a skeleton because that is how the world is programmed, motivations unknown. There could be no way for these people to get out of the simulation, in fact they may not know they are in a simulation (which, I guess, would mean physiological understanding is a nonstarter in that universe). If you are going to use this argument, then it got to have some plot relevance, or it will come out as laziness (because you could just call it magic instead inventing a simulation plot that goes nowhere).
No it wouldn't be possible live normally as a skeleton. Not in the quotidian reality we inhabit.
The closest scientific explanation is this is the afterlife and supernatural forces are at work here. A fact confirmed by observation: a posthumous life as skeletons and all the falling through infinite space.
Much science is based on observation and the formulation of tentative hypotheses to explain those observations. A lack of academic and professional research institutions in the afterlife will not enable much in the way of further advancement of the scientific explanation proposed above.
I am assuming enough of the conscious skeletons will remember they have died.