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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.

When The Beatles Were Bigger Than Jesus Christ

The Good Word
September 10, 2009
When The Beatles Were Bigger Than Jesus Christ

In 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." This was an observation of secularization to some...

The Haunted (Pseudo) History of Bonaventure Cemetery

The Good Word
August 3, 2009
The Haunted (Pseudo) History of Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannah, Georgia is featured in Berendt's novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...

Psychics Aren’t Psychic Anymore

The Good Word
June 30, 2009

During an investigation of a "haunted hotel" in California, I made the mistake of referring to a psychic as a "psychic."

A Modern Witch Craze in Papua New Guinea

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 33.3, May / June 2009

News & Comment

Newspapers internationally reported a recent spate of witchcraft-related murders in rural Papua New Guinea.

The Ballad of Jed (and the Pet Psychic)

Skeptical Briefs Volume 19.1, March 2009

Listen to my story 'bout a cat named Jed

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Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.5, September / October 2008

News & Comment

Visitors to Salt Lake City usually make the pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...

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Anonymous vs. Scientology

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

News & Comment

In the last few months, a series of anti-Scientology protests have taken place worldwide. In an unpredictable sequence...

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Merchandising God: The Pope Tart

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 32.3, May / June 2008

Article

Jesus on a tortilla? The Virgin Mary on a cheese sandwich? The "Nun Bun"? With eBay's emergence, there has been fervent...

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