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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.

The mysticism of Swiss assisted suicide
15 Nov 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
A stunning documentary gives an insight into the proselytising fervour of assisted suicide activists.

Bringing the elderly back to life with music
14 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: dementia, elderly, music
A touching documentary asks why so many elderly have been abandoned in dehumanising nursing homes.

Vatican hosts conference on traditional marriage next week
13 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: conjugal marriage, same-sex marriage, Vatican
Major figures from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries will participate.

Freedom in the scales on the Western side of the Wall
12 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Berlin Wall, Communism, freedom, materialism
There are battles to be fought in the countries which won the Cold War.

Finally, a judge votes for democracy
7 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
The latest decision on same-sex marriage is a gem of legal reasoning and common sense.

What do we know about Brittany Maynard’s death?
3 Nov 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
The tragic death of a vibrant young woman is a parable about the dangers of assisted suicide.

Brittany Maynard decides to live—UPDATED
3 Nov 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
She's suffering, but not enough to choose death in Oregon with assisted suicide.

Who’s the bigot now?
30 Oct 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: bigotry, same-sex marriage, tolerance
Supporters of same sex marriage want unconditional surrender, says Princeton academic Robert P. George

After three-parent babies, will there be “multiplex parenting”?
29 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF, three-parent embryos
A debate over an IVF technique in Britain has serious social consequences.

The final dismissal
21 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, Australian politics
Gough Whitlam, the charismatic protagonist of Australia's most momentous constitutional crisis, has died at 98.

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