“If the fine-structure constant really does vary through space, it may provide a way of studying the elusive “higher dimensions” that many theories of reality predict, but which are beyond the reach of particle accelerators on Earth. In these theories, the constants observed in the three-dimensional world are reflections of what happens in higher dimensions. It is natural in these theories for such constants to change their values as the universe expands and evolves” The Economist. Aug. 2010 reporting on research by Julian A. King et al.

“…we must elaborate a concept of the contingency of laws that is fundamentally distinct from the concept of chance.” Meillassoux (After Finitude. 2008. p.100)