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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.

Towards the Next Big Thing
21 Oct 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: bestiality, prostitution, same-sex marriage, sexuality
What comes after same-sex marriage? A law professor shows the way.

The Nobel Peace Prize they’ll never give
14 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize, same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting
Surrogacy will be one of our biggest human rights challenges. But same-sex parenting boosters will veto awards to those who fight it.

Are the kids really all right?
7 Oct 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex parenting
Proof there is "no difference" between same-sex and conventional parenting is a long way off, despite what judges say.

Expert offer solutions to end marriage crisis
3 Oct 2014 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family, marriage, Pope Francis, Vatican
Ahead of a Vatican synod, an international group of experts has made some practical suggestions.

A ray of light through the clouds
26 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, evil, ISIS, saints
We need saints to dispel the miasma of evil. Alvaro del Portillo was one of them.

Tinkering with the chemistry of love
25 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Julian Savulescu, marriage, relationships, same-sex marriage
Can we really improve relationships with 21st Century love potions?

Would you do it?
23 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Africa, Ebola, heroes, infectious diseases
Working with Ebola patients is appallingly difficult, but it reveals the greatness of the human spirit.

Lagos: the world’s fastest growing city
23 Sep 2014 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: Lagos, Nigeria, urban development
Private enterprise is remaking the largest city in Nigeria.

This man will die from a lethal injection where they do it best. In Belgium
22 Sep 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
A prisoner is escaping life in jail by requesting euthanasia.

A deeply amoral defence of same-sex marriage
10 Sep 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, USA
Arguments used by Richard Posner, one of America's most famous jurists, could be turned on democracy itself.

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