The total number of conditions which define a system and may be modified without destroying it.
Variance is closely related to variety, considering that the possibilities for variation depend on the richness of the repertory of the systems possible states.
The limits to variance are closely related to the nature of the system and must respect compatibility with its capacity for autopoiesis and its necessity for dynamic stability.
Moreover, a major potential variance implies a maximum of autonomy for the system.
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