Self and Non-self

Alexander Berezin berezin at MCMAIL.CIS.MCMASTER.CA
Tue Oct 17 10:45:51 EST 1995



Just a brief hint:

A lot of recent literature relating
consciousness and immune system goes
under to the area title
"Psychoneoroimmunology" (e.g. R.Ader, et all. 
1991 book with this title).
 Perhaps some of your points are addressed
already. 

Alex Berezin 



On Tue, 17 Oct 1995 kkashiha-tky at umin.u-tokyo.ac.jp wrote:

> Dear Netter
> 
>  May I have an exposition of my idea on self and non-self in immunology,which
> is an essential question in this area.
>  Here is my conclusion at first.
> {Self is the existence which can insist its own strong strategy for survival or
>  prosrperity by rational systematization.}
> I explain my interpretation in metapher.
> [There exist a radical thinker.He takes an irregal action in temporary society
>  in order to accomplish his own faith.Then he will be punished of course.Why?
>  Because his power is weak enough to change the law which is a strong strategy 
>  to govern the society.]
> Namely what self eliminates as non-self is what is not suitable for the 
> strategy of self.The important thing is not "What is right and what is wrong?"
> but "What has the strongest strategy?".Maybe immune system has won such a
> survival race.
>  We must also think about immunological self as follows.
> At first self can change,which means the genetic change or the distruction of 
> immune system by powerful invaders.
> For the second self does not strictly eliminate non-self.2 men whose ways of  
> thinking are different from each other can be good friends.2 groups who dislike
> each other very much do not have a quarrel if they are separated.These examples
> may suggest the mechanism of immuno-tolerance is not only selection but also
> separation.(which is now supported by some experiments.)
> At last immunological self is very similar to the judical power.Even a trans-
> planted brain is rejected by immune system under a certain condition.This 
> result suggest that brain-nervous system is not always superior to immune
> system.The relation between them is like that of administrative power and 
> judical power.
>  They are my images of immunological self and non-self.
>  
> Thanks for reading.Opinions will be welcomed!
> 
> Kenichiro Kashihara
> 
> 



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