Week 39, #4

“Body Worlds 3” offers a unique opportunity. We’ve all been raised not to stare at other people, not matter what. But not staring often becomes not paying attention. And then, not thinking deeply, not reflecting about ourselves, forgetting to wonder how we work. “Body Worlds 3” is touring the country and is finishing a run at OMSI in Portland. The exhibit includes dozens of real human bodies, frozen in time and plastic, doing what bodies do. Once viewers overcome the anti-voyeur reflex, they can look carefully at what’s at work inside our bodies. Here’s hoping that people who look hard enough at what will begin to also search for why.

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One of these four ideas will be developed into a column on Wednesday to be published in The Register-Guard on Friday. I’m asking you to help me choose between them. Between now and the end of Tuesday, leave comments here or send me an e-mail if you’d rather be more private. Or, at the very least, RATE the idea (and the others) so I know which one people like best. No promises, though. This ain’t American Idol. But I will post an entry on Wednesday to say which one I’m choosing (and probably why.) I plan to do this each week — often by Friday, but always by Monday, so visit often and tell me which idea intrigues you the most. Thanks!