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  1. #1 Intelligence and Lymphocyte 
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    Good afternoon.

    Given this general definition of intelligence "Intelligence has been defined in different ways, including the abilities for abstract thought, understanding, communication, reasoning, learning, planning, emotional intelligence and problem solving. "My question is:

    can we induce intelligence to a lymphocyte??.

    I know the question is out of the ordinary, but a company called 4Life says makes smart autoimmune cells.

    Sorry for the bad english im from Colombia.

    Thank you for your time.


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    No, I don't think you can ascribe 'intelligence' to an immune system cell.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yonza View Post
    No, I don't think you can ascribe 'intelligence' to an immune system cell.
    could you explain why not? please, I'm trying to help a friend with this issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godknight View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yonza View Post
    No, I don't think you can ascribe 'intelligence' to an immune system cell.
    could you explain why not? please, I'm trying to help a friend with this issue.
    For several reasons, but mostly because the traits of intelligence that you described above are emergent traits derived from the complex interactions of 100-200 billion cells. A lymphocyte is just one cell. Your immune system can "learn" in a sense, but it's not learning in the same way as a brain learns. Commercial products that claim to educate your immune system should be viewed with skepticism. The only way to educate your immune system is to expose it to antigens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBiologista View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Godknight View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yonza View Post
    No, I don't think you can ascribe 'intelligence' to an immune system cell.
    could you explain why not? please, I'm trying to help a friend with this issue.
    For several reasons, but mostly because the traits of intelligence that you described above are emergent traits derived from the complex interactions of 100-200 billion cells. A lymphocyte is just one cell. Your immune system can "learn" in a sense, but it's not learning in the same way as a brain learns. Commercial products that claim to educate your immune system should be viewed with skepticism. The only way to educate your immune system is to expose it to antigens.
    Im a System Engineer and thanks to Systems Theory i know that cells are able to adapt to try to maintain body homeostasis, but "learn" and "educate", they are two words little big for a cell of the immune system, dont you think that?.Thank you for your time.
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