Possible contribution of biosemiotics to the problem of communication among lymphocyts

  • Thure von Uexküll
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 23)


The reason for discussing semiotics at this meeting of immunologists is the fact of being faced with a strange situation Immunologists are forced to use unusual expressions in order to describe their observations. Expressions like “memory”, “recognition”, “interpretation”, “individuality”, “reading”, “inner picture”, “self”, “nonself”, “iso-, idio-, allotype” or “killing” — to list only some of them — are unknown in physics and chemistry. Atoms and molecules have no self, memory, individuality, or inner pictures. They are not able to read, to recognise or to interpret anything and cannot be killed either.


Conditioned Stimulus Living System Strange Situation Saliva Production Subjective Reality 
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  • Thure von Uexküll
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  1. 1.University of UlmGermany

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