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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.

Does religion help you live longer?
24 May 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: health, religion
A Harvard study confirms perceptions of a link between going to church and good health

Ever-expanding boundaries of Belgian euthanasia
17 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, Canada, euthanasia
What began as a merciful death for the terminally ill can be an opt-out for troubled teens

Adventures outside the comfort zone
16 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, Donald Trump, New York Times
Why the NY Times was blindsided by Trump

A British Muslim pushes for polygamy after same-sex marriage
16 May 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: feminism, Islam, polyamory, polygamy, UK
Some women feel empowered so why not support them, a lawyer asks

“Protect doctors’ conscience rights!” Belgium’s advice to Canada
16 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, Canada, conscientious objection, euthanasia
Three doctors speak out

The wrong lesson from Hiroshima
13 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: atomic bomb, Elizabeth Anscombe, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, utilitarianism
It's not weakness to regard dropping atom bombs on two Japanese cities as immoral

Belgium to Canada: Hello? Hello? Don’t do it!
13 May 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, Canada, euthanasia
First in a series of videos about euthanasia in Belgium

The end is nigh!
12 May 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: existential risk, global catastrophes, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Rapture
Oxford researchers say that there is a 9.5% chance of the extinction of humanity in the next hundred years.

The straight dope on the world’s greatest internet troll
10 May 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: comments, internet trolls, social media
Ken M turns the humble comment into an art form

Same-sex marriage is uniting Evangelicals and Catholic
9 May 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Catholic Church, contraception, Evangelical Christians, natural law, sexual revolution
A major Evangelical figure in the US says that Catholics were right about The Pill

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