Via Quora (Post by Nathan Coppedge):
"I think a variable is more general than a particle, and much more specific than a field. But, nonetheless, it has a kind of universal relevance in our world. Relevance is a variable that extends beyond the bounds of time. And some worlds may even look similar, in a superficial way, when they are immortal. But we have to measure up before we get there (my spiritual view is Asceticurean, meaning that I practice Zen aesthetics, urbanism, and epiphanies, as rituals and a form of life. It also involves taking things lightly, with an eye to universal intelligence)."
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