Culture of Biomedicine is important to the Western culture because it gives this approach the utmost authority since it is based on facts. It is based on two claims that say it is a reflection of nature and is a representation of a universal truth. Also, biomedicine is neutral and autonomous from cultural context and human influence. However, anthropologists discovered that biomedicine is deeply rooted by culture, such as the political system, or the individual choices which are factors outside of the biological premise.
I have been exposed to the many aspects of the dicotomy of life/death through school and the media. This way of classifying only increased in complexity. For example, the topic of Prolife vs Prochoice when it comes to law making is a constant debate. According to Prolife campaigns, life starts at conception, or that a heart starts beating at 18 days, and serve the purpose of stopping abortion. And on the contrary, prochoice, we have protecting a woman’s right to choose; the decision of going through an abortion should be up to the mother. In his youtube video, David Withun presented the 10 most common reasons abortion should be legalized, and went in length why these arguments are red herrings. http://youtu.be/3NpoKuqf9hY. And then whether assisted killing, euthanasia, is legal when the patient is unable to carry out a productive life, or wishes to die. Or whether one is considered dead when they need a respirator to breathe, etc. Family is also the people to voice the live or dead decision when their loved one is unconscious.
This dicotomy emerges through cultural factors, again, the legal system has a strong influence on one’s live vs dead condition. This dicotomy is accepted as truth, logical, and natural because it is science and seemingly factual evidences support it. As do anthropologists investigate the cultural aspect of certain belief systems, scientists and lawmakers scrutinize all that relates to life/death to clearly present the details that pertain to such topic.