Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I See Dead People

For evening entertainment, the girls and I checked out Body Worlds. We were joined by Keith, Bill and a few other cyclists, which made it seem more party-like and less dorky-like. Body Worlds is that exhibition of plasticized cadavers that was so controversial in the 1990's. I've been interested in seeing it for as long as I've known about it but have never found myself near an exhibition, until now. 
Being raised by science teachers helped me develop an outlook of curiosity about a lot of things that others look at in disgust. Having said that, I have to admit that I found Body Worlds to be a bit freaky. The freaky part was not so much about being surrounded by strategically positioned dead bodies, but that those bodies have fake eyes. It made them more human and less dead. It made you think about what happened to them. 

Overall, I found the exhibit to be very educational. Seeing what a fetus looks like every half week or so through the first trimester was eyeopening. Wow. So was seeing what arthritis, aneurysms,  and a number of birth defects look like. 

Totally worth the trip up to Edmonton if you get the chance. Its there until thanksgiving.

2 Comments:

Blogger Emma said...

I too found it fascinating. Especially seeing the effects of lifestyle choice, things like smoking, drinking, obesity, etc. An educational warning...?

October 26, 2008 at 7:38:00 AM MDT  
Blogger tori said...

I liked that they were trying to use their powers for good. the anti-smoking message is so strong that I wonder if the anti-smoking lobby provides funding for the exhibition.

October 28, 2008 at 3:53:00 PM MDT  

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