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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.

Goodbye, Mr Chips and gay marriage
5 Aug 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: education, Goodbye, Mr Chips, same-sex marriage
How did society change so much in the hundred years since a boring schoolmaster married a vivacious young woman?

When will the rivers of hatred run dry?
22 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Gaza, Israel, Palestine, peace
Can Barack Obama earn his Nobel Peace Prize retrospectively by bringing peace to Israel?

Celebrity swimmer Ian Thorpe comes out
15 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: homosexuality, Ian Thorpe
In a tell-all interview, one of Australia's most famous athletes admits that he is gay. Is he?

The global niceness challenge announces a winner
11 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: foreign affairs, happiness
Statisticians have identified the Mother Teresa of global politics.

Stopping the panic over Britain’s paedophiles
11 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: paedophilia, sex abuse, sexualisation of children, UK
What the country really needs is a new moral ecosystem.

Stop the war on boys in classrooms
7 Jul 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: educating boys, education
Education scholar Christina Hoff Sommers says that boys are not defective girls.

The homegrown jihadist
3 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Islam, jihad, terrorism
What drives a 19-year-old American girl into the arms of some of the world's most vicious terrorists?

Balancing Ramadan against World Cup glory
1 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Islam, World Cup
How can fasting Muslim athletes possibly compete?

This week’s Citadel of Political Correctness Award goes to
27 Jun 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: homophobia, honor killings, Islam, political correctness
A Festival of Dangerous Ideas has turned into a Celebration of Conventional Thoughts.

Is dementia really Public Enemy #1?
24 Jun 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Alzheimer's disease, dementia, greatest moral challenges
The British Prime Minister says that it is. He's wrong.

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