It’s boggling how much information we have access to today, and yet how misinformed we can be about so many things.

Part of the issue is that we very often talk past each other when supposedly discussing or debating. But another part is that we frequently aren’t even talking about the same issues, even when we seem to be.

When we talk about population, for instance, we’re typically not talking about the raw number of people who live on the planet, but instead using it as a stand-in topic for the erosion of tradition, concerns about the direction of consumption-based capitalism, and a multifaceted wariness about global climate change and the overall state of the environment.

If you haven’t listened to my podcast Let’s Know Things thus far, this is a great place to start. And if you enjoy it, be sure to subscribe, and go back and listen to the (ever-expanding) archive.

You can listen to the most recent episode, about the topic of population (and so much more) using the player below, or you can find it on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.