The Soul of Science: Collected Tributes to Pat Linse.

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Date: Summer 2021
From: Skeptic (Altadena, CA)(Vol. 26, Issue 3)
Publisher: Skeptics Society & Skeptic Magazine
Document Type: In memoriam
Length: 2,648 words
Lexile Measure: 1190L

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Ralph Lewis, psychiatrist and contributor to Skeptic magazine:

I was very fond of Pat from the first time I met her. She was a very likable person, in all her angsty, introverted shyness. She clearly preferred pulling the strings from behind the scenes. She once told me with a sly smile that she enjoyed arguing with Michael about political positions, with her seeing herself as more liberal and him (back then) as more libertarian. She joked that he would disagree vociferously with her and then she'd overhear him a short time later using her arguments in a conversation with a conservative--which gave her great satisfaction.

Despite her narrow geographical comfort zone, she was a most worldly person. In her preferred social mode of 1:1 interactions she was very personable, caring, helpful, lively, and good humored. And she was certainly a talented artist, a meticulous editor, a sharp thinker, and an astute observer of the human species.

I'll miss her, in all her endearing quirkiness.

Carol Tavris, social psychologist, "Gadfly" columnist for Skeptic magazine:

When a death comes this suddenly, with no forewarning to friends and colleagues, we are left with all those unsaid words, all those unexpressed appreciations, that we wish we had had time to say--especially to someone as shy and reserved as Pat. Though we exchanged many a merry email over the years, I'll never know if she was aware of how much I appreciated her artistic talents. I'd get a proof back from some Gadfly column, and see that she had left a big space for the art; and I'd say, "What in the world will you do here for this impossibly complicated or contentious topic?" And she would reply, "Oh, I have a little idea in mind..." and then, boffo, it would be perfect: an illustration that was never boringly on the nose, but rather an elbow, a wink, sometimes a kick.

Stanley Milgram had a term for the people in our lives whom we feel attached to, but don't really know--a fellow train commuter, that person down the hall in our office, a neighbor we greet every morning: "familiar strangers." We don't realize the importance of those connections until they are gone, and that is how I'm feeling now. Pat was a stranger to me in terms of her personal life, but familiar through so many years of SKEPTIC assignments, and I now feel bereft of that sweet, enjoyable, reliable connection. She gave so much to SKEPTIC and to skepticism, and to all fortunate enough to work with her.

Brian Dalton, writer, film producer, creator and star of Mr. Deity, designer of Skeptic magazine in our early years:

I've known Pat Linse since the early 1990s when I was just coming out of religion. Amazingly in retrospect, I found the Skeptics Society and SKEPTIC magazine through Dr. Laura Schlessinger (true story), the noted conservative radio talk show host who was an early board member of the Society when she publicly denounced the pseudoscientific notion of...

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