Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author .

Reducing the Risk of Human Extinction

Abstract: In this century a number of events could extinguish humanity. The probability of these events may be very low, but the expected value of preventing them could be high, as it represents the value of all future human lives. We review the challenges to studying human extinction risks and, by way of example, estimate the cost effectiveness of preventing extinction-level asteroid impacts. From the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. [Read More]

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Does ideology trump facts? Studies say it often does

We like to think that people will be well informed before making important decisions, such as who to vote for, but the truth is that’s not always the case. Being uninformed is one thing, but having a population that’s actively misinformed presents problems when it comes to participating in the national debate, or the democratic process. If the findings of some political scientists are right, attempting to correct misinformation might do nothing more than reinforce the false belief. [read more]

These ideologies come from and in many forms; theology, nationalism, social conditioning and culture, etc. So, the presentation of truth, not necessarily truth itself, is always relative to context and Interpretation AND some just more willing to be led and mislead? Psych and sociology 101. AB

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The Taliban goes high tech with ringtones, website, magazines, DVDs, audio, pamphlets and mobile

The once media-shy Taliban have gone hi-tech with DVDs, mobile phone messages, ring-tones, emails and a website to publicize their exploits and lambast their Afghan and Western enemies, a think-tank said on Thursday. [read more]

So, can be add an "e" to the front of Taliban now? You know, "e-Taliban" or maybe "i-Taliban" would more appropriately represent them?

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China Will Lose Control of Internet Censorship

The 2008 Olympics will prove that China and its Great Firewall can’t control the Internet. Let the games begin! Journalists, Olympic spectators, and Chinese citizens will attempt to write, publish, broadcast, and read stories. The Chinese government will attempt to control these stories or stop them entirely. To me, this is the only game worth watching, and I’m going to really enjoy seeing the Chinese government lose. [read more]

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Today Marks a Milestone in Gay Marriage: The first couple will marry as California’s new law takes effect at 5:01 p.m.

It is either the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end, depending on your point of view. After weeks of preparation—and for many couples, years of waiting—at 5:01 p.m. today, at the close of business, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will preside over the wedding ceremony of Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, a lesbian couple who have been partners more than 50 years. When they exchange vows, Martin, 87, and Lyon, 83, who have been together since they moved into a Castro Street apartment on Valentine’s Day in 1953, will become the first same-sex couple to be legally married in the state. [read more]

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How will the world look in 2058? Thinkers from around the world respond.

How will the world look in the year 2058? Sixty thinkers from around the world rise to that challenge in "The Way We Will Be 50 Years From Today," a collection of essays edited by longtime journalist Mike Wallace. The consensus view is that we’ll muddle through many of the issues that vex us today – including climate change and terror threats. And we’ll hit upon so many medical and technological wonders that today’s 50-year-olds will have a fair chance of finding out firsthand how the world will look in 2058. [more]

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30 Minute Teen Beat-Down For MySpace Posts

For 30 minutes, six girls ganged up on a classmate, slamming her head into a wall and taking turns pummeling her and videotaping it all to post on the Internet. And when they were arrested and were being booked into juvenile detention, they joked about not being able to go to the beach, a Florida sheriff said Tuesday on TODAY. The vicious attack in Lakeland, Fla., was supposedly in response to slurs and insults the victim had posted about them on MySpace. But the alleged online comments are no justification for the attack, Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd told co-host Meredith Vieira. “I don’t have the specifics of those comments, but there is nothing our victim could have said on the Internet that would have caused that kind of beating,” Judd said. [more]

Once again, the www is not an escape from reality. What you do online CAN haunt you in the real world. What was done is unfortunate but was it really unexpected or extraordinary?

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Obsolete skills

This is a nostalgic and humorous online discussion on obsolete skills. It contains many things that we used to know that no longer are very useful to us. READ

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The History of Valentine’s Day

So, tomorrow is V-Day. It’s a time to send and receive expressions of love but do you know where the holiday came from? Click here to find out more about this tradition.

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Why We Kiss: hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing

Researchers are revealing hidden complexities behind the simple act of kissing, which relays powerful messages to your brain, body and partner

"When passion takes a grip, a kiss locks two humans together in an exchange of scents, tastes, textures, secrets and emotions. We kiss furtively, lasciviously, gently, shyly, hungrily and exuberantly. We kiss in broad daylight and in the dead of night. We give ceremonial kisses, affectionate kisses, Hollywood air kisses, kisses of death and, at least in fairytales, pecks that revive princesses." @ Click here for the full article!

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