The culture of biomedicine is advancement in our society and in humans in general. This can be done through medications or by the use of new materials as shown in the first lecture. This can range from a diet pill through the use of titanium to make new limbs. Biomedicine is an important concept because it helps us as a society to further ourselves and to become better. It also allows for technological advancements. As shown in the pill poppers video, today there seems to be a pill for absolutely everything. Without human advancement, we could not keep up with our ever-changing environment. Without our research and ideals of improvement, we could end up with another plague and no way of treating people. Eventually cancer will be cured and so will AIDS, but we can only do so through improvement of drugs and technologies through biomedicalization.
Dichotomies in general seem to stem from culture. How one views life or death will depend on how they were raised along with how their peers view them. For example, some individuals believe that life begins at conception, whereas others of different cultures will believe that life begins at birth. For death, some say that when you can no longer perform involuntary movements such as breathing. Others say that death occurs when there is no longer any brain function. A scientific culture will have different ideas of life and death than non-scientific cultures.
This dichotomy is accepted as logical in western society today because that is what our culture tells us is true. Everyone knows that there is a difference between life and death, but where life ends and death begins is hazy. You could ask a second grader to point at an object that is living and one that is dead and they will know the difference, but how one makes this assessment can be different.