:)No need to apologize the demands upon your time would be much more than my own and even I am not always available, Huntington's, no I did not realize that the odds of getting it creases with each sucessesive carrier, what a terriable reality to have hanging over your head.
I have just discovered my insight is not so new, it has a fairly long history, though it is not the common perspective in Europe and North America. The concept of cause and effect is basically a European way of understanding the world and though useful has some profound limitations, The relational world view or the relational perspective is closer to the reality of our situtation, many variables are both cause and effect and within a functioning complex system it would be difficult to recongnize this linear cause and effect. I have some reading to do now, it is at once a delight and a disappointment discovering that ones insight is old hat.
" It just depends where you believe that intrinsic ends and extrinsic begins.[/quote]
:)That is it doc, there are no ends to intrinsic and extrinsic, with both the organism and the environment being open systems there is at best a seige and a defense. If indeed the organism was not an open system, there never would have been a need to develop an immune system.
:)This bussiness of, "rheumatic fever, which is an autoimmune reaction that happens after strep throat." It would seem the immune systems reaction after this strep throat is to be disfunctional, my point would be that any affliction of the constitution is do to some foreign organism, its by products or substance/s, also the constitution can be weakened by the physical needs of the constitution not being met. The mutation of say a virus, is it really any different than the mutations which occur in the world at large to all organisms. With foreign conditons being introduced is not mutation then an adaptive reactionary response? I know most mutations are deadly to the subject organism and few benefit to pass on their genes, but is the process really accidental or is it trial and error, which is the proven methodology of reaction and time tested.
"That which exists will imperatively continue to do so until obliged not to by an outside force." Relational Studies
Relational constructionism - Participatory world views
Relational Studies - Theses
Relational quantum mechanics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Understanding the Relational Worldview in Indian Families
"General Systems Theory, a related modern concept [to holism], says that each variable in any system interacts with the other variables so thoroughly that cause and effect cannot be separated. A simple variable can be both cause and effect. Reality will not be still. And it cannot be taken apart! You cannot understand a cell, a rat, a brain structure, a family, a culture if you isolate it from its context. Relationship is everything."
- Marilyn Ferguson
The Aquarian Conspiracy