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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.



Remembering the dark story of Peru’s population control campaign
17 Dec 2014 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Alberto Fujimori, Peru, population control
About 300,000 women and 22,000 men were forcibly or deceitfully sterilised in the 1990s.


The 2014 dignitarian awards
12 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: heroes, human dignity
MercatorNet's five nominees for "Dignitarian of the Year".


Being “nice” worked in World War II. Why not now?
12 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: torture, World War II
Two legendary interrogators have lessons for the War on Terror.


Ethics will always play catch-up in the war on terror
10 Dec 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics of warfare, torture, USA, war on terror
A deeply utilitarian mindset pervades US foreign policy.


Why not pay commercial providers to assist suicides?
4 Dec 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, commercial assisted suicide, physician assisted suicide
It's a logical development of a system like Oregon's, says a bioethicist.


Why do we wildly over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians?
3 Dec 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage, statistics
Good public policy should be based on facts, not ideology


Dutch doctors to approve organ donation euthanasia
1 Dec 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, organ donation, organ transplants
It could double the number of organs available every year.


The weirdest-ever reason for same-sex marriage: “so I can get a divorce”
26 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: divorce, same-sex marriage
Is it discriminatory if gays and lesbians can't untie the knot?


Where are the true utilitarians who have not bent the knee to Baal?
24 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
An Oxford philosopher wants a more positive image for an austere philosophy.


Men of blood and iron
21 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, ISIS, Islam, Teutonic Knights
700 years ago a Christian counterpart to ISIS emerged in Europe.


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