Consider donating your body to science? Yes? No? Why/why not?

A lot of the irreligious here seem to be quite invested in science, and it makes me curious...

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I would do it. My father did. He died two years ago and donated his body to be used as a medical cadaver. They said that after they used his body they would then cremate what was left and call his family and we could have another ceremony. I haven't heard from them yet. I'm an organ donor and would rather have my body used for that, if possible. If I haven't worn them out using them for years and years.
Sure. Why wouldn't I do that? Instead of letting your precious organs rot away, why not do something useful with them? I wouldn't be an organ donor, though, I would specifically request that my organs be put through scientific tests. The way I see it, it's best to try and find a cure for various afflictions so we can apply it to others, instead of just saving one life.

Also, I'm definitely getting cremated. Graves are a waste of perfectly good land. What would be really interesting would be to do one of those cremations where they launch part of your ashes into space. They're really pricey though, and being launched into space is more fun when you're actually alive to experience it. :)
Registered since high school. The way I figure it - Unless someone else has a much better use for this toothpick once I'm done with it then who better to give it to? I'm sure I'd make pretty good fertilizer, but all the same...
I would donate my body to science, but it seems science does not want it.
Well at least the medical faculty of the local university does not seem to lack donated bodies.
So I'll be donating all organs that can still be of some use to someone still living. Then burn and dump the rest (because that'll cost my relatives the least).
Since there are way too few organ donors here in Germany I've been wondering if it would be an incentive to donate if the family would receive some money for the funeral in return.

Why - because I won't need my body any more when I'm dead.

I think organ donation would be a good idea, but not every part of me. Only the best for the living!

I don't count myself amongst the "irreligious", its too broad a brush as there are religions congruent with an atheist position. In addition to a non belief in deities explicit in atheism, I'm also a monist in regards to the mind/body question.

So; here's my take from that perspective:

  • Organs - I have a pre-existing condition that makes organ donation unlikely.
  • Donation to science - Everything (with one exception), science/education has a use for.
  • Brain - As a purely symbolic gesture, and if at all possible; I'd like to have my brain cremated, the ashes mixed with polyethylene and made into Frisbees[1] that would be distributed to friends and family after my demise.

[1] - A Frisbee is a real-world demonstration of; the Bemoulli Principle, Newton's Third Law, orientational stability via angular momentum and aerodynamics, so …Science!

I wonder if you can 'will your body' to any institution any where in the US?. There are also the 'body farms' where your remains can be put for further research.

'Body willing' seems to be gaining popularity simply because of funeral costs: http://www.kens5.com/news/Funeral-or-donate-body-to-science-UTHSC-s...

Yes, no qualms whatsoever.

They are welcome to it if they can use 63 year old body parts..

They can have the organs...dunno about the rest...

I'm a organ donor, although I doubt my used parts would be of much use (to many burnt offerings in this particular temple).  I have also donated my body to science and don't really care what it's used for.  My body is just the housing for my persona - when the persona is gone the rest is just trash.

Yup, already got it set up.

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