The Immune Self Code From Correspondence to Complexity

Yair Neuman

Abstract 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.

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