Body Worlds 3 in Vancouver

Body Worlds Exhibit in Vancouver

Science World at Telus World of Science is hosting Body Worlds 3 in Vancouver starting September 15, 2006. Body Worlds 3 runs through January 14, 2007 and features nearly 200 real human bodies, posed in a variety of positions, that have undergone a process called “plastination” to preserve them. The show also features healthy and diseased organs side by side for a visual comparison.

“The human body is the last remaining nature in a man made environment,” he says. “I hope for the exhibitions to be places of enlightenment and contemplation, even of philosophical and religious self recognition, and open to interpretation regardless of the background and philosophy of life of the viewer.” – Gunther von Hagen

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Body Worlds Highly Recommended

I’ve seen this controversial exhibition on TV and thought, “Wow, I wish that would come to Vancouver.” Talking with some guys on my hockey team the other night, I found out they’d seen the show in Ontario. They highly recommended Body Worlds; a must see for anyone who wants to learn more about how our bodies work.

I can’t wait to see the Vancouver Body Worlds exhibit. Have you seen the show before? Where? What did you think?

2 Replies to “Body Worlds 3 in Vancouver”

  1. I find this to be a truly repulsive idea. The fact that mankind is the last truly natural thing in nature should be the one reason that this plastination process should not be encouraged. These bodies may have been given willingly to science, but to save lives. Not become a piece of contemporary artwork. Cadavers are operated on daily to teach people how to be surgeons and doctors, to save lives, not to stare at them in awe, wonder, and let’s face it, amusement. The fact that I was the only person in my school to be bother by this deeply troubled me and if I do visit the exhibit in Cincinatti, it’s going to be to know what I’m trying to get banned.

  2. @Jeri:

    I went and saw the show when it was in Vancouver and found it incredibly fascinating. I thought it was really well done and marveled at the complexity of the inner workings of the body.

    To my knowledge, all of the cadavers featured in Body Worlds signed up to do just that.

    Out of curiosity, what do you mean by “mankind is the last truly natural thing in nature”?

    I think that the more we know about things, including the inner-workings of our bodies, the better off we’ll be. Just because the general public is at the event doesn’t mean that science isn’t being conducted – the general public is learning about science.

    I would be happy to have my body used to educate in an exhibit like that. It’s a whole lot more useful to everyone else than having it sit in a closet as a pile of ashes or rot in a coffin in the ground.

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