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Karen Stollznow

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Karen Stollznow is an author and skeptical investigator with a doctorate in linguistics and a background in history and anthropology. She is an associate researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and a director of the San Francisco Bay Area Skeptics. A prolific skeptical writer for many sites and publications, she is the “Good Word” Web columnist for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, the “Bad Language” columnist for Skeptic magazine, a frequent contributor to Skeptical Inquirer, and managing editor of CSI’s Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice. Dr. Stollznow is a host of the Monster Talk podcast and writer for the Skepbitch and Skepchick blogs, as well as for the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Swift. She can be reached via email at kstollznow[at]centerforinquiry.net.

CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Critical Thinking in the Crescent City

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 36.2, March/April 2012

Conference Report
CSICon New Orleans 2011 - Critical Thinking in the Crescent City

A Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) conference has been long-awaited since the last event held in 2003. The inaugural CSICon, the conference dedicated to scientific inquiry and critical thinking, was held October 27–30, 2011.

The Winchester Mystery House

The Good Word
December 29, 2011
The Winchester Mystery House

This is another of the “Most Haunted Houses in America,” but this isn’t so much a paranormal story as one about a woman whose life was reputedly ruled and ruined by belief in the paranormal.

(No) Escape from Alcatraz

The Good Word
December 5, 2011
(No) Escape from Alcatraz

Yet another claimant to the title of America’s “most haunted” place, Alcatraz certainly reigns as one of the world’s most notorious jails.

“Psychic medium” Ezio de Angelis

The Good Word
October 28, 2011
“Psychic medium” Ezio de Angelis

I attended Communicating with Spirit, a live performance by De Angelis, unaided by editing.

Running Hot and Cold: “Psychic Medium” Rebecca Rosen

The Good Word
September 26, 2011
Running Hot and Cold: “Psychic Medium” Rebecca Rosen

Like James van Praagh, John Edward, Sylvia Browne, and many others before her, Rebecca Rosen has her own techniques for cold reading, and possibly hot reading.

Days of Our Lives

The Good Word
September 7, 2011
Days of Our Lives

I attended "Past Life Recall," a presentation by "certified" past-life regression therapists Greg McHugh and Paula Robbins.

Dark Side of the Sun

The Good Word
August 2, 2011
Dark Side of the Sun

Our best protection against skin cancer is sunscreen, but this important defense is often demonized by pseudoscientific sources.

Psychic School

The Good Word
June 23, 2011
Psychic School

Teaching Psychics to Become Psychic Detectives

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

The Good Word
June 2, 2011
Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

Fact or Faked? Faked!

Braco the Gazer

The Good Word
April 26, 2011
Braco the Gazer

The Silent Evangelist

Hard (Pseudo) Science: The Second Coming of the VIBE Machine

The Good Word
March 29, 2011
Hard (Pseudo) Science: The Second Coming of the VIBE Machine

According to anecdotes, the machine has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pancreatic cancer, intestinal parasites, anxiety...

Paranormal Paramours

The Good Word
March 14, 2011
Paranormal Paramours

Things that go bump in the night

MythBusters’s Adam Savage

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.6, November/December 2010

Karen Stollznow, a host of the Center for Inquiry's Point of Inquiry podcast, recently spoke with him.

Syntax Error

The Good Word
February 2, 2011
Syntax Error

Correct language is not so correct...

The Belief with No Name

The Good Word
December 21, 2010
The Belief with No Name

Share International comprises an eclectic set of paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs and practices, and endeavors to appeal to people of all faiths

Hoaxes: For Better or for Worse

The Good Word
November 19, 2010
Hoaxes: For  Better or for Worse

Skeptics expose the hoaxes, but should skeptics ever be the hoaxers?

A Close Encounter with Jeff Peckman

The Good Word
October 20, 2010
A Close Encounter with Jeff Peckman

If the conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the United States government has been suppressing proof of the existence of UFOs and aliens for many decades...

Frog Boy: Death of an Urban Legend

The Good Word
September 20, 2010
Frog Boy: Death of an Urban Legend

Leaping to Conclusions about Cryptid Frogs

Skepticism and the Singularity

The Good Word
August 20, 2010
Skepticism and the Singularity

The futurist concept of "the singularity" is far from Aldous Huxley's early futurist ideas of subliminal learning and reproductive technology in Brave New World

The Amaz!ng Meeting

The Good Word
July 23, 2010
The Amaz!ng Meeting

Those who self-identify as skeptics know that TAM is an acronym for The Amaz!ng Meeting, hosted by James "The Amaz!ng" Randi

Football Gazing: Sports and Superstitions in South Africa

The Good Word
June 22, 2010
Football Gazing: Sports and Superstitions in South Africa

Sometimes a lucky t-shirt isn’t enough to win the game…

Straight Talk about Straight Camp

The Good Word
May 21, 2010
Straight Talk about Straight Camp

Can God Cure Homosexuality?

A Psychometry Reading

The Good Word
April 12, 2010
A Psychometry Reading

Metaphysical Fairs are places where immortality and the end of the world are compatible…

Skepticism: Going out of Business?

The Good Word
March 2, 2010
Skepticism: Going out of Business?

To Be or Not to Be—Is That the Question?

Frank’s Box: The Broken Radio

The Good Word
January 28, 2010
Frank’s Box: The Broken Radio

One person’s broken radio is another’s groundbreaking invention that enables human contact with aliens, angels, and the dead.

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Coral Castle: Fact and Folklore

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 34.1, January / February 2010

Article

How a diminutive, frail, uneducated, unskilled man built Coral Castle without modern machinery has supposedly "baffled scientists, engineers, and scholars."

The Stanley Hotel: An Investigation

The Good Word
December 21, 2009
The Stanley Hotel: An Investigation

Located at Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Hotel--the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining...

The ‘Ethics’ of Ghost Hunting?

The Good Word
November 16, 2009
The ‘Ethics’ of Ghost Hunting?

If a doctor engages in malpractice, the practitioner is accountable to professional organizations...

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Skepticism and Blogging

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.6, November / December 2009

Article

Blogs first appeared in the late 1990s as "web logs," In the form of journals or diaries. Blog has become a generic...

New Age Spiritualism: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

The Good Word
October 12, 2009

A friend who owns a bookstore once told me, "Customers drawn to the New Age section seem to buy every book but never find...

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