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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.

Short, sharp and to the point
3 Sep 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage
A clash between two experienced debates on either side of the same-sex marriage debate.

The good news of mercy
2 Sep 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, Catholic Church, confession, Pope Francis
Pope Francis is in the headlines again -- this time about forgiving abortions.

Fortress Europe doesn’t have to become Undertaker Europe
1 Sep 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Europe, European Union, migration, refugees
The refugee crisis is an opportunity for history-making statesmanship.

Polygamists sue to have their ‘marriages’ recognised
31 Aug 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Obergefell v. Hodges, polyamory, polygamy, same-sex marriage
Obergefell v Hodges is a key precedent. Why shouldn't the courts recognise these loving relationships, too?

‘Pink Viagra’: Helping women? Or marketing a disease?
27 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Big Pharma, medicalisation, women's health
Endorsement by a big women's group does not settle the question.

Best of enemies
21 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, homosexuality, media ethics, same-sex marriage, USA
A documentary about the 1968 debate between William F. Buckley Jr and Gore Vidal reveals a lot about the media.

Australian journalists given “fail” for balance on same-sex marriage
20 Aug 2015 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, media bias, media spin, same-sex marriage
Media analyst calls out his comrades

Where is Amazon leading us?
18 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Amazon, work ethic, work-life balance
The retail giant is conducting an experiment to see how far it can push white-collar employees.

Reviving the slippery slope
17 Aug 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Belgium, euthanasia, Netherlands
A leading American bioethicist admits that he is worried by euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Do they really need all those gadgets?
14 Aug 2015 | CONNECTING |  
tags: children and technology, mobile phones, tablets
English kids give some hilarious responses to questions about how they use devices.

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