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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.



How do you speak politely to 60 different genders?
21 Jul 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: gender roles, gender theory, Germany
A German politician shows how


Is transhumanism really the world’s most dangerous idea?
20 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: immortality, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, Singularity, transhumanism, utilitarianism
Step by step, our lives are being absorbed by technology.


When 19,000 British troops died in a single day
1 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Battle of the Somme, culture of death, World War I
The carnage of World War I was the opening salvo of the culture of death.


7 reasons why the Pope’s gaffes are OK
30 Jun 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: homosexuality, media, media ethics, Pope Francis
Some of his Catholic critics think that the sky is falling. It's not


For some Canadian women surrogacy is sacred
27 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, surrogacy
Goddess rituals create a motivating mystique where fees are banned.


The Zeitgeist of self-delusion
22 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, transgenderism
Meryl Streep's latest film is a parable of contemporary transgenderism


Moral revolutions in Silicon Valley
17 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Elon Musk, neural lace, Silicon Valley, Singularity
The visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk has some odd ideas about the future of humanity


Family ties
14 Jun 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: gun control, homophobia, Islam, Islamic terrorism, mass shootings
Islam, homophobia and guns all played a role in the tragedy in Orlando. But what about family dysfunction?


Will Belgium grant euthanasia for unwanted sexual attraction?
11 Jun 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, sexual orientation
A 39-year-old man has requested euthanasia because he fears that he may be a paedophile


Vale, Muhammad Ali
6 Jun 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Islam, Muhammad Ali
At least he thought about where he was going


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