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Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.



Robbing children of their innocence
4 May 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: comprehensive sex education, safe schools, Safe Schools Coalition Australia, sex education
A documentary outlines the development of a disturbing program for sex education


Indigenous Canadians fear impending euthanasia law
3 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, euthanasia, indigenous culture
Suicide crisis in remote towns highlights need for caution


Dutch paediatricians seek child euthanasia
2 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Government to fund study


How Elton John has changed marriage
27 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Elton John, same-sex marriage
A tabloid scandal in the UK reveals how marriage has evolved.


Canada’s euthanasia Leviathan
26 Apr 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Canada, conscience, conscientious objection, euthanasia, Udo Schuklenk
Supporters invoke Thomas Hobbes in a proposal to crush conscientious objection to euthanasia


The tangled knot of the last taboo
12 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: genetic sexual attraction, homosexualithy, incest, same-sex marriage
Now that incest has been rebadged as 'genetic sexual attraction', will it be legalised?


The Archbishop of Canterbury discovers his real father
11 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: children and biological parents, children's rights, Justin Welby, UK
Shattering news about his paternity show how important biological roots are for all of us


Wrap yourself in a rainbow and carry a big stick
6 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Dominican Republic, LGBT activism, LGBT bullying
The Dominican Republic is the latest victim of LGBT bullying by the US government


Is conspicuous consumption the cause of plummeting birth rates?
5 Apr 2016 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: conspicuous consumption, demography, fertility treatment, prosperity
Keeping up with the Joneses may be the cause of a global fertility decline


Everybody’s a winner when euthanasia combines with organ donation, say doctors
5 Apr 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Netherlands, organ donation, organ transplants
"Ghoulish" proposal in the Journal of Medical Ethics criticised by British politicians


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