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Ask Dr. Weld 5 — Complete Suite: Patois for the Demographic Categois











Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Interviewees: Dr. Madeline Weld

Numbering: Issue 3: Mathematics, Counselling Psychology, and More

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: Question Time

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Individual Publication Date: June 6, 2019

Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2019

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 341

Keywords: demography, Madeline Weld, patois, Scott Douglas Jacobsen.

Madeline Weld, B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., is the President of the Population Institute Canada. She worked for and has retired from Health Canada. She is a Director of Canadian Humanist Publications and an editor of Humanist Perspectives.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: How important is the complete suite of vernacular relevant to the patois of Demography for proper understanding of where the professionals are coming from when they say things?

Dr. Madeline Weld: It is, of course, a good thing to understand the patois on demography. But an informed layperson doesn’t have to know every term in the demographic lexicon to obtain basic ecological literacy or to understand the correlation between rapid human population growth and environmental decline. And people would be much better informed if the topic of population growth were allowed out of the closet and scientists and environmental groups, among others, became more proactive in promoting awareness of this issue.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Dr. Weld.

Image Credit: Madeline Weld.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing.

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