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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.

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.

Obama floundering in fight against ISIS
19 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: Barack Obama, ISIS, Islamic extremism, Islamic State
The President is recycling tired old slogans.

Hey, gamers, try the ultimate video game, ISIS
19 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ISIS, Islamic extremism, video games
Why don’t the manufacturers of ultra-violent games acknowledge their role?

Caution: language change ahead
16 Feb 2015 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, dictionary, George Orwell
Right-to-die activists want to create a cuddly word for assisted suicide.

The “no difference” theory is dead
9 Feb 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
A US study finds that opposite-sex parents are better than same-sex parents. Wait for the fireworks.

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