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Experience, Impact, and The Anthropocene

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"The action of putting to the test; trial"

"A tentative procedure; an operation performed in order to ascertain or illustrate some truth; an experiment"

-Oxford English Dictionary

'If you have it, you don't need it. If you need it, you don't have it. If you have it, you need more of it. If you have more of it, you don't need less of it. You need it to get it. And you certainly need it to get more of it. But if you don't already have any of it to begin with, you can't get any of it to get started with, so you have no idea how to get any of it in the first place."

-Urban Dictionary

"The process of doing and seeing things and of having things happen to you."

-Merriam Webster Dictionary


"The era of geological time during which human activity is considered to be the dominant influence on the environment, climate, and ecology of the earth."

-Oxford English Dictionary

"The Earth's most recent epock, one marked by an explosion in the human population along with all which will likely come with it."

-Urban Dictionary

"A proposed term for the present geological epoch (from the time of the Industrial Revolution onwards), during which humanity has begun to have a significant impact on the environment"


"The act of impinging; the striking of one body against another; collision"

- Oxford English Dictionary

"A qualitative measure for how much effect something will have over time. Usually refers to how shocking, thought provoking or memorable some given item is (or likely to be)."

-Urban Dictionary

"To have a strong and often bad effect on (something or someone)"

-Merriam Webster Dictionary


The History of these 3 words:

The word experience comes from the Latin word experiri, meaning “try”. The word anthropocene was first coined and popularized by Paul Crutzen, a Nobel-winning chemist. The word itself is a combination of two greek roots: anthropo, which means “human”, and cene which means “new”. It was first used in print in 2000 in a newsletter in the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. The word impact comes from the Latin word impactus, which means to “dash against” or “impinge”.