Biomedicine is a very common and accepted form of medicine in western society. The idea of the “culture of biomedicine” is based on the principle of understanding and learning about the structure and function of the body and how it to treat patients more effectively. I believe for those hoping to enter into the medical field, a very important dichotomy to understand is that between life and death. As stated in lecture, the line between life and death is very difficult to determine. Everyone has their own views on when someone is dead-whether it be when they are “brain dead” or when their heart stops beating, and their are many different viewpoints regarding when someone is alive, referring to the ongoing debates of abortion in which those who are pro-life maintain that life begins immediately after conception. I wouldn’t necessarily pick a side, however, in my mind, and after learning so much about the body in my physiology and anatomy classes, I have always considered the a human to be living when their heart starts beating, which if I can remember correctly, is around 22 days after conception. Not to say that the embryo is not “alive,” it just hasn’t matured enough to where it actually has a functioning heart that can supply blood and nutrients to the body. I think I, like probably most of us, get a lot of our view points on issues like this from our parents. We are raised a certain way, and the beliefs and practices of our parents can highly influence ours as well. I do accept, however, that other people believe differently than I do, and so I think that that particular dichotomy will never just be cut and dry and everyone will accept it; I believe their will always be an issue in determining the exact moments of life and death, and so that is why, as discussed in lecture, those questions are answered by family members or physicians in cases of patients who are terminally ill, for example. I think that this dichotomy is accepted because in our culture, we have freedom of speech and we can believe what we want and so we are more accepting of the fact that their is not a straight answer on every issue. We can understand and are more accepting of others opinions and views, and so we mainly just accept that their is always more than one correct answer, and one answer is not better than the other, just as one’s opinion is not more correct than another.