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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.



Wrap yourself in a rainbow and carry a big stick
6 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Dominican Republic, LGBT activism, LGBT bullying
The Dominican Republic is the latest victim of LGBT bullying by the US government


Is conspicuous consumption the cause of plummeting birth rates?
5 Apr 2016 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: conspicuous consumption, demography, fertility treatment, prosperity
Keeping up with the Joneses may be the cause of a global fertility decline


Everybody’s a winner when euthanasia combines with organ donation, say doctors
5 Apr 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Netherlands, organ donation, organ transplants
"Ghoulish" proposal in the Journal of Medical Ethics criticised by British politicians


The battle over bathrooms
4 Apr 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: North Carolina, transgender rights, transgenderism
North Carolina is the epicentre of a shamestorm over transgender rights


That euthanasia stuff… does anyone remember what we decided?
4 Apr 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
Belgium legislators forgot to publish an amendment


The Netherlands is normalising euthanasia
30 Mar 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Netherlands
A former member of a euthanasia review board is horrified at what is happening in his country


Why can’t three get married?
21 Mar 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, marriage equality, polyamory, same-sex marriage
Why shouldn't a bizarre threesome in Western Australia have their chance to get married?


Creative accounting and Australia’s same-sex marriage plebiscite
14 Mar 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: accounting, Australia, same-sex marriage, same-sex marriage plebiscite, statistics
A leading accounting firm claims that it will cost half a billion dollars. This is sheer fantasy.


The only incurable thing is the will to live!
4 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Dignitas, disability, euthanasia, Italy
An Italian doctor who requires full-time care is still a high achiever.


‘You gotta get up and move on’
1 Mar 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: Academy Awards, Hollywood, survivors, victimhood
This year's Oscars were a tribute to victimhood.


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