The Difference of a Word [11/29/11]

November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment


One of the speakers at the conference I’m attending made this statement:

“[such and such] can have an existential effect on things.”

I honestly believe she meant to say,

“[such and such] can have an exponential effect on things.”

One word, two very different meanings:

Of pertaining to or characteristic of existentialism (a philosophical attitude associated especially with heidegger jaspers marcel and sartre and opposed to rationalism and empiricism that stresses the individual’s unique position as a self-determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices.)

– or –

The constant raised to the power equal to a given expression.

…then again, maybe she meant to say existential?

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