Use of metaphors LO5714

Daniel Aronson (
Sun, 18 Feb 1996 18:19:12 +0001 (EST)

Replying to LO5633 --

[Replying to] Your heart won't reject your liver, but your system might
reject both (as > > transplants).

On Wed, 14 Feb 1996, Michael McMaster wrote:
> My system won't reject *my* heart or liver - ever. It will reject
> yours or those of others. I suggest that the biological metaphor for

Normally, your heart would not be rejected, but the part of autoimmune
diseases that makes them (so far) nearly impossible to treat is that they
indeed lead to your own body destroying itself believing that it is
attacking a foreign invader.

Why this is so we don't exactly know, but the normal signaling mechanism
seems to break down. There may be parallels with organizations here in
terms of the rules for signaling. Perhaps these rules can generate insight
into human mechanisms for creating trust.

Daniel Aronson

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