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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.

10 reasons not to redefine marriage
21 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: position papers, UK
Here's an excellent resource. The Coalition for Marriage, a UK group that supports traditional marriage and opposes any plans to redefine it, has released "10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage".

New York court rules DOMA unconstitutional
19 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: DOMA, US
Because homosexuals are discriminated against and are a “politically weakened minority”, a divided federal appeals court in New York ruled yesterday that the US Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

“Soon our happy hearts will quiver”
16 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, secularism, transhumanism
Are bioethicists reviving mediaeval inquiries into how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?

Nobel laureate criticises one-child policy
15 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, literature, Nobel Prize, one-child policy
Will the national pride in China's first national to win the Nobel Prize for Literature lead to a reform of the one-child policy?

Luca era gay
11 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Italy, reparative therapy
Sorry, we missed this one. It’s a bit off the central topic of Conjugality, which is same-sex marriage, not homosexuality. But since one of the main arguments for same-sex marriage is the unchangeable nature of same-sex attraction, this award-winning pop song from Italy will be of interest.

A Nobel Prize for ethics?
9 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, stem cell ethics, stem cell research
This year's Nobel Prize for Medicine was shared by a Briton and a Japanese who respects the dignity of the human embryo.

Big rise in Dutch euthanasia deaths
8 Oct 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
Just-released statistics for Dutch euthanasia in 2011 show that the number of psychiatric patients who died has skyrocketed from 2 in 2010 to 13 last year. Euthanasia for people with dementia also rose substantially, to 49.

Tasmanian same-sex marriage supporters lost in Parliament, but they win in the schools
3 Oct 2012 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: sex education, Tasmania
Education Minister Nick McKim, a Greens MP, plans to roll out a radical sex education curriculum to all Tasmanian schools by 2014.

Swiss parliament rejects more regulation of assisted suicide
28 Sep 2012 | CAREFUL! |  
The lower house of the Swiss parliament has declined to tighten controls on assisted suicide. MPs felt that self-regulation by groups like Exit and Dignitas was enough.

What lies beyond conscience?
25 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, conscience, conscientious objection
Respect for conscience and conscientious objection is being eroded in the medical profession.

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