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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.



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.


Mr Spock, the comic utilitarian
6 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Peter Singer, Star Trek, utilitarianism
Why is there something faintly ridiculous in the logic of thinkers like Bentham, Mill and Peter Singer?


Trolling the Gettysburg Address
3 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Abraham Lincoln, comments, internet
What reception would the greatest speech in American history have had on the internet?


Fiery imam denounces terror
19 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Islam, terrorism
"Rotten and despicable conduct", says Brooklyn preacher.


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