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Blake Smith

Blake Smith is a writer and researcher of matters cryptozoological and paranormal. He has been interested in the mysterious for decades and has been a “formal” skeptic of such claims since 1997. His conversion from believer to casual doubter to formal doubter was a lengthy process, the first steps of which were reading the works of Jan Harold Brunvand and his highly entertaining works on urban legends. You can find Smith’s articles on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Blake at blake@monstertalk.org.

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Karen Stollznow

Dr Karen Stollznow is a Linguist and Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, where she preserves endangered writing systems. She devotes her spare time to investigating pseudoscientific and paranormal beliefs and practices, including: ghosts, aura reading, psychics, medical intuitives, alternative therapies, mediums, faith healing, conspiracy theories, cults, haunted houses, and much more. As a linguist, one of her specialties is anomalous language-based occurrences, such as glossolalia (speaking in tongues), automatic writing, body language, graphology, alien and monster languages, and Electronic Voice Phenomena.

Dr Karen is a Host of the Center for Inquiry’s Point of Inquiry podcast. A prolific author and skeptical writer, she is the “Bad Language” columnist for Skeptic magazine, and the Naked Skeptic columnist for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. She is Contributing Editor for Skeptical Inquirer, the Managing Editor of CSI’s Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, and a frequent contributor to many sites and publications, including Bad Language, the Skepbitch and Skepchick blogs, and the BadCast, the podcast of Bad Psychics. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Karen at karen@monstertalk.org.

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