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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