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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.

A fresh voice for marriage
17 Apr 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: animus, same-sex marriage
Ryan T. Anderson battles to defend traditional marriage against embedded prejudice.

Brittany Maynard speaks from grave to California senators
1 Apr 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Brittany Maynard, Compassion and Choices
America’s leading assisted suicide lobby group has scored a public relations coup by exploiting the death of a young woman.

After same-sex marriage, then what?
31 Mar 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
Legal recognition is one thing; social acceptance is another.

Lee Kuan Yew, pragmatist
25 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Lee Kwan Yew, pragmatism, Singapore
Singaporeans have paid a high price for economic success.

Down syndrome kids need support after they’re born—but also before
23 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: disability, Down syndrome
A vigorous campaign is needed to dispel prejudice.

Great men make great mistakes
23 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: demography, Lee Kwan Yew, Singapore
Lee Kwan Yew was a visionary stateman. But his vision for Singapore's population may have doomed the prosperous city-state.

Time to take another look at the Pill
19 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: contraception, contraceptive pill, pill
What oral contraceptives do to women's brains has not been studied adequately.

Is there a silver lining to the Ebola epidemic?
18 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: developing countries, Ebola, public health
Rich countries are starting to take neglected tropical diseases seriously.

New relationships; new names
9 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: English language, gender theory, George Orwell, vocabulary
Gender confusion and reproductive technology are muddling the English language. We need to take action.

Marriage equality? What about equality for kids?
9 Mar 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: free speech, marriage equality, same-sex marriage
SBS was too scared of free speech to put this advertisement to air.

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