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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.

Blasphemy is an assault on our supreme good
16 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, free speech
And the high priests of free speech feel it as keenly as any of us.

When do we become autonomous?
16 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: autonomy, medical treatment, minors
When a 17-year-old rejects chemotherapy - with her mother's support - the state should step in.

Our pick of the films of 2014
15 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2014, best of, films, lists
Here are our nominations for the best entertainment of the past year, plus a look at the year's worst.

Is more blasphemy the best response?
8 Jan 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: blasphemy, Charlie Hebdo, democracy, Enlightenment, terrorist
Awful as the Paris massacre is, does it really mean that we ought to blaspheme more?

Remembering the dark story of Peru’s population control campaign
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

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