Book Competition Winners Announced, New Answerers, and More

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Hello Askers family,

A lot has happened since the last time we checked in. First, you have seen the addition of our comments feature. We’ve continued to grow our user base and celebrated many milestones, including gathering over 100,000 listens on Askers! Thank you to you all for being a part of our success. Now two quick but important announcements:


Congratulations to STRNGLVE, John Hamill, and Paul Hess on winning signed copies of Lawrence Krauss’ latest book “The Greatest Story Ever Told  – So Far.”

The answers to their questions gathered the most number of listens. As always, great questions earn you great rewards on Askers!


We’ve added quite a few impressive people to our answerers list recently and we’d like to highlight a few: David Brin, Steven R Shaw, and Jayson Demers. Check them out and ask them questions!

David Brin

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Who is David?
David Brin is an acclaimed and prolific science fiction author, astronomer, NASA advisor, and tech consultant.  His novels include The Postman (which was made into a film starring Kevin Costner), and Earth, and Existence. You can ask David questions on a variety of topics including The Future, science fiction, writing, accountability, privacy, and science. Also be sure to check out his blog, and continue the conversation with him on Askers!

What have people asked?
– How do you feel about the movie Kevin Costner made of “The Postman”?
– In “Earth” you portray a “hard science fiction” way the planet might “come alive.” How plausible is that?
– In your novels, humanity “uplifts” dolphins and apes to full sapience. How likely is that and is it ethical?
– When can we expect to see a theatrical version of Startide Rising?


Steven R Shaw

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Who is Steven?
Dr. Steven R. Shaw is a professor of school psychology at McGill University. His work has included studying intellectual disabilities and autism, and advocating for evidence-based special education. Steven conducts and publishes research in behavior and language development in children with rare genetic disorders; resilience factors for children with risk factors for school failure, especially borderline intellectual functioning; and pediatric school psychology and health issues addressed by schools. Before entering academia, Steven had 17 years of experience as a school psychologist in school, university, hospital, medical school, and independent practice.

What have people asked?
– Why are the numbers of people diagnosed with autism increasing? Is there an epidemic of autism?
– If intelligence tests are so biased, why do we use them in psychology and education?
– What do you think is the best support for a child who has autism spectrum disorder and their family?


Jayson Demers

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Who is Jayson?
Jayson Demers is a successful entrepreneur, SEO expert, and columnist. He is the Founder & CEO of AudienceBloom, a Seattle-based content and social marketing firm. Jayson’s mission is simple: to demystify and simplify online marketing for entrepreneurs. Some of his writings can be found on Forbes, The Huffington Post, Time, and Business Insider, to name a few.

What have people asked?
– How do I get my website to show up in Google search results?
– What is the best way to build links for SEO?
– How do I become a contributor, like you, to big online media publications?

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