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The Age of ImmunologyConceiving A Future in an Alienating World$
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A. David Napier

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226568126

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226568140.001.0001

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Solution and Dissolution in Immunology

(p.181) 6 Reciprocity
The Age of Immunology
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Rosarium Philosophorum, an obscure but extraordinary alchemical text, faithfully adheres to what anthropologists have learned about human change from the study of other cultures. Specifically, an understanding of human change is embodied in the Rosarium, which, despite the esoteric nature of the images themselves, embodies an awareness that transcends culture. This chapter discusses the applications of the Balinese model to a scientific problem. For the Balinese there can be no shift from an agent-oriented view of genes to a network model in which egos become meaningless. For the Balinese, seeing cell activity as part of a nebulous network does not in itself enable transcending the ideas of fame and progress that come from historical concepts of heroism. For the Balinese, the model of the “selfish gene” only promotes the illusion of change without effecting any real transformation.

Keywords:   cell activity, Balinese model, Rosarium Philosophorum, selfish gene

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