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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.

Pennsylvania’s rainbow-coloured Joan of Arc in disgrace
16 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Kathleen Kane, law and morality, legalized abortion, Pennsylvania, same-sex marriage
Attorney-General Kathleen Kane cynically manipulated the legal system

One more reason why IVF for older women is not a good idea. Not at all
13 Aug 2016 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Florida, IVF, older mothers, single motherhood
A Florida woman boasted of her late IVF pregnancy. Now her toddler has beaten her infant daughter to death.

Gold medallist paralympian from Belgium seeks euthanasia
13 Aug 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Paralympics, Rio Olympics, Wim Distelmans
Marieke Vervoort has become an ambassador for the right-to-die movement

Mutilating femininity isn’t just a Third World issue
12 Aug 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: children's rights, female genital mutilation, transgender surgery
Allowing a teenager to have her breasts removed to transition to being a male is just as abusive

Why the media should give the guy with the funny haircut a fair go
9 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, democracy, Donald Trump, media, New York Times
Donald Trump is no saint but he and his supporters should be treated with more respect

Key points from World Youth Day in Poland
4 Aug 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Pope Francis, World Youth Day
What impact will the presence of 2.5 million young people have on the future of Christianity?

Why the LGBT community should embrace its inner Donald
3 Aug 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Donald Trump, LGBT, LGBT bullying, narcissism
They have far more in common than you might think

Why aren’t more Muslims converting to Christianity?
26 Jul 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Christianity, conversions to Christianity, Islam
Why aren't more Muslims converting to Christianity?

How do you speak politely to 60 different genders?
21 Jul 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: gender roles, gender theory, Germany
A German politician shows how

Is transhumanism really the world’s most dangerous idea?
20 Jul 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: immortality, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, Singularity, transhumanism, utilitarianism
Step by step, our lives are being absorbed by technology.

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