false the respiratory drive is controlled by the medulla and autonomic nervous system. thus, one cannot simply "forget" how to breathe. however, when said respiratory drive fails, the intake of oxygen and offloading of carbon dioxide is impeded, causing anaerobic metabolism to occur at the cellular level. this causes an increase in the amount of hydrogen ions in the bloodstream, causing respiratory acidosis. then, you might die. - Dwight Schrute
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