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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.

Why do we wildly over-estimate the proportion of gays and lesbians?
3 Dec 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, same-sex marriage, statistics
Good public policy should be based on facts, not ideology

Dutch doctors to approve organ donation euthanasia
1 Dec 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, organ donation, organ transplants
It could double the number of organs available every year.

The weirdest-ever reason for same-sex marriage: “so I can get a divorce”
26 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: divorce, same-sex marriage
Is it discriminatory if gays and lesbians can't untie the knot?

Where are the true utilitarians who have not bent the knee to Baal?
24 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, Julian Savulescu, Peter Singer, utilitarianism
An Oxford philosopher wants a more positive image for an austere philosophy.

Men of blood and iron
21 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, ISIS, Islam, Teutonic Knights
700 years ago a Christian counterpart to ISIS emerged in Europe.

The mysticism of Swiss assisted suicide
15 Nov 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Switzerland
A stunning documentary gives an insight into the proselytising fervour of assisted suicide activists.

Bringing the elderly back to life with music
14 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: dementia, elderly, music
A touching documentary asks why so many elderly have been abandoned in dehumanising nursing homes.

Vatican hosts conference on traditional marriage next week
13 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: conjugal marriage, same-sex marriage, Vatican
Major figures from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries will participate.

Freedom in the scales on the Western side of the Wall
12 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Berlin Wall, Communism, freedom, materialism
There are battles to be fought in the countries which won the Cold War.

Finally, a judge votes for democracy
7 Nov 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage
The latest decision on same-sex marriage is a gem of legal reasoning and common sense.

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