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.
Is it better never to have been born?
8 May 2012 | FEATURES |
The joys of bringing a child into the world are not persuasive for some contemporary philosophers.
Barefoot and blind: the power of one
1 May 2012 | FEATURES |
A disabled campaigner against China's one-child policy has outwitted the world's most powerful governments.
Let’s give intellectually disabled the right to euthanasia, say Belgian humanists
27 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |
People with intellectual disabilities, all children and people with dementia should be able to request euthanasia, the Belgian Liberal Humanist Association (HVV) has declared.
Lessons from the island of Utøya
24 Apr 2012 | FEATURES |
The trial of a Norwegian mass murderer puts contemporary moral standards in the dock as well.
Mickey Rooney highlights the danger of elder abuse
20 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |
Mickey Rooney, the Hollywood icon who testified before the US Congress about his experience with elder abuse, stars in an 82-minute documentary, “Last Will and Embezzlement”.
Still soldiering on
16 Apr 2012 | FEATURES |
Benedict XVI's analysis of the crisis of Western culture is outstanding in its depth and clarity.
A clash of the Titans?
10 Apr 2012 | FEATURES |
A long anticipated debate between the Archpriest of Atheism and the Archbishop of Sydney was a damp squib.
A palliative care physician says euthanasia is not needed
4 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |
Here's an excellent little debate between a doctor who supports legalised euthanasia in Australia and one who opposes it. Well worth a look. Hat tip to Paul Russell, of HOPE.
How voluntary is “voluntary”?
3 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |
A criminologist at the University of Tasmania doubts that many people in the community will be able to give full and voluntary consent to ending their lives through euthanasia. The growing prevalence of elder abuse suggests that aged people could easily be manipulated.
Remembering the Nazi euthanasia of the disabled
2 Apr 2012 | CAREFUL! |
The Italian Parliament has declared January 27 a "day of remembrance" for victims of Nazi ideology. In the first place, this means the Shoah, the extermination of 6 million Jews. But thousands of disabled people were also killed between 1940 and 1941 until protests by locals and the Bishop of Münster, Clemens von Galen. This video is a timely reminder of how indifferent we can become to the lives of the disabled.
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