By sciencesadness - 08/02/2014 23:24 - United States - Lynnwood
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Good experience for when you have to do it in school but that's still horrifying. FYL.
Wait, you guys have to dissect animals at school?! Why? What benefit does this have over just learning the body parts? Or is this all part of an elaborate plot to discover people who have sociopathic tendencies by observing their reactions when they cut open dead animals?
Well, I can tell you that dissecting an animal and simply learning the parts is a very different experience. While I can easily name the different parts on a picture, finding them and identifying them in real life is much more difficult. You get a much more vivid and 3D idea of where the different layers and cavity membranes are, how the connect, etc... It's also a good way to learn how to use the tools (important especially if you're in a health science course and plan to go into something like medicine or veterinary work). I'm sure there are other reasons, those are just the first ones to jump to mind.
53: Thanks for explaining, at least it makes some sense now. Truth be told, though, I still don't think that this should be mandatory for people who don't plan on entering these specific fields. [Although it probably does help to prevent people from starting e.g. a medicine degree, only to realise halfway through that they faint upon seeing blood/guts.] PS: If public schools were better equipped for modern days, you could maybe make a virtual version of it, so that children can learn about this stuff via software and avoid the smells/blood. If we look at e.g. Surgeon simulator, I doubt that it'd be all that difficult to program good 3D models of frogs or birds.
We dissected a pigs heart in science class. That wad in the UK and we were about 14-15 years old. Also we didn't have to do it if we didn't feel comfortable it was optional. A few girls in my class cried about it. It is totally different from seeing it in a text book!
#66 I'm happy to help :) As you mentioned, one of the important things of dissecting is that it gives you a feel early on of what you are going into. If we used surgeon simulator, we'd lose the whole point of that. When you dissect something real you have to get used to the smells and liquids (which btw aren't really blood, but mostly liquids the specimen has been stored in) and it's important to get used to those before you even think of starting to cut open live things. I think surgeon simulator would be more useful as an additional teaching method, and not the sole one. Anyways, the things we dissect (fetal pigs, cow eyes and hearts, etc) are often by-products of the meat industry and would just be thrown out anyways, so I have no problem using them instead to further science. I agree though that maybe dissection shouldn't be mandatory for kids in high school who really don't want to go into that field. If they are really grossed out, they should be allowed to maybe just watch. That way they at least to get a partial experience, and I think at least one dissection (even as simple as that of a worm) is a great learning experience! To each their own, I suppose!
#3's statement was actually fairly neutral. They used the word "seems", implying that it was opinion, and not accusation. I agree it's a Weird fascination to many people, and without context could seem twisted. What's next after judging people over judging people though?.. Being prejudice, but only towards racists?