Sunday, June 14, 2009

Introducing: A Number Of Us

I intend this phrase to be a fresh synonym for population, a word that seems to have few synonyms and is therefore a bit overused when discussing . . . population. After "human numbers," what is there? I've been thinking of "peopling" as a more basic English term, a bit more distant than "population" from the Latin populi. But I'm not sure how to use this word yet to mean population without being confusing.

I'm launching this new blog in part to point readers to my book, More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want (Island Press--recent reviews at and at But the larger purpose (which I wrote the book to help) is to encourage conversations about human population--where it has been, how it has affected our development and history, where it is headed, and what if anything might be done to change its direction in positive ways.

Comments on the topic are welcome.

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