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.
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.
December 29, 2011
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.
December 5, 2011
Yet another claimant to the title of America’s “most haunted” place, Alcatraz certainly reigns as one of the world’s most notorious jails.
October 28, 2011
I attended Communicating with Spirit, a live performance by De Angelis, unaided by editing.
September 26, 2011
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.
September 7, 2011
I attended "Past Life Recall," a presentation by "certified" past-life regression therapists Greg McHugh and Paula Robbins.
August 2, 2011
Our best protection against skin cancer is sunscreen, but this important defense is often demonized by pseudoscientific sources.
March 29, 2011
According to anecdotes, the machine has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pancreatic cancer, intestinal parasites, anxiety...
Karen Stollznow, a host of the Center for Inquiry's Point of Inquiry podcast, recently spoke with him.
December 21, 2010
Share International comprises an eclectic set of paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs and practices, and endeavors to appeal to people of all faiths
November 19, 2010
Skeptics expose the hoaxes, but should skeptics ever be the hoaxers?
October 20, 2010
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...
September 20, 2010
Leaping to Conclusions about Cryptid Frogs
August 20, 2010
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
July 23, 2010
Those who self-identify as skeptics know that TAM is an acronym for The Amaz!ng Meeting, hosted by James "The Amaz!ng" Randi
June 22, 2010
Sometimes a lucky t-shirt isn’t enough to win the game…
April 12, 2010
Metaphysical Fairs are places where immortality and the end of the world are compatible…
March 2, 2010
To Be or Not to Be—Is That the Question?
January 28, 2010
One person’s broken radio is another’s groundbreaking invention that enables human contact with aliens, angels, and the dead.
Coral Castle: Fact and Folklore
How a diminutive, frail, uneducated, unskilled man built Coral Castle without modern machinery has supposedly "baffled scientists, engineers, and scholars."
December 21, 2009
Located at Rocky Mountain National Park, the Stanley Hotel--the inspiration for Stephen King's The Shining...
November 16, 2009
If a doctor engages in malpractice, the practitioner is accountable to professional organizations...
Skepticism and Blogging
Blogs first appeared in the late 1990s as "web logs," In the form of journals or diaries. Blog has become a generic...
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...
September 10, 2009
In 1966 John Lennon said that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." This was an observation of secularization to some...
August 3, 2009
Bonaventure Cemetery near Savannah, Georgia is featured in Berendt's novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil...
June 30, 2009
During an investigation of a "haunted hotel" in California, I made the mistake of referring to a psychic as a "psychic."
Newspapers internationally reported a recent spate of witchcraft-related murders in rural Papua New Guinea.
Listen to my story 'bout a cat named Jed
Finally, Sylvia Browne’s Final Tour
Visitors to Salt Lake City usually make the pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...
Anonymous vs. Scientology
In the last few months, a series of anti-Scientology protests have taken place worldwide. In an unpredictable sequence...
Merchandising God: The Pope Tart
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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