We spent the afternoon at the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit that's currently at Union Station in Kansas City. In case you haven't read about it before, the exhibit shows the insides of actual bodies that have been preserved by, essentially, removing all the water and replacing it with a plastic.
My favorite "aha!" moment was when I saw a healthy brain, next to one that had Alzheimer's. The Alzheimer's brain was significantly shrunken--about a third of the size of the healthy one--I just hadn't ever thought about it that way.
In general, it was surprising to me, but seeing the bodies actually made me a little queasy. It's weird to think of yourself that way--bones, tissue, nerves. As the subtitle of the exhibit suggests, it is fascinating, but at the same time it was also a little gross. I guess I didn't realize just how real it would be. Before seeing the exhibit, I could have imagined donating my body for a project like that. After seeing it, I can categorically say I would not donate my body for such a display. It's hard to explain logically, but it almost felt like a violation--like we were seeing parts that ought to remain private?
Overall, I'm glad we went to see it. But it certainly made me think more than I thought it would.