The Immune Self Code: From Correspondence to Complexity

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Codes are conventions of correspondence between realms. These conventions may be considered emergent products of complex microlevel interactions. In this chapter, I illustrate the complexity of coding by discussing the immune self. I argue that our evolving understanding of the immune self bears a striking resemblance to the way our understanding of signs evolved. According to the thesis presented in this chapter, the immune system is a meaning-making system and therefore a biosemiotic analysis of the immune self may shed new light on a variety of unsolved theoretical questions in immunology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Codes of Life: The Rules of Macroevolution
EditorsMarcello Barbieri, Jesper Hoffmeyer
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6340-4
StatePublished - 2008


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