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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.



Same-sex marriage has an unexpected foe
12 Nov 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: same-sex marriage
The respectability of marriage would be a disaster for gays and lesbians, argues a leading academic.


The inexorable bracket creep of euthanasia in Belgium
16 Oct 2013 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Belgium, bracket creep, euthanasia, slippery slope
Tasmania's Parliament needs to examine what happened after euthanasia was legalised in Belgium.


Discovered: the secret of morality
24 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: morality, science
American scientists contend that the way to make people more moral is to get them to think about science.


Three lies that built a revolution
17 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, homophobia, homosexuality, Matthew Shepard, same-sex marriage
The myth is that Matthew Shepard was martyred by redneck homophobes. A stunning new book by a gay journalist debunks this.


Australia needs a referendum on redefining marriage
10 Sep 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, Kevin Rudd, same-sex marriage, Tony Abbott
The rainbow flag sank like a stone in last weekend's election. But there's no room for complacency.


The dark story of immortality
22 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, HeLa cells, Henrietta Lacks, WI-38 cells
After decades of ignoring the issue, scientists are acknowledging that many vaccines were made with cells from aborted foetuses.


Without kids, does marriage deserve social support?
21 Aug 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, Brian Greig
Thank you, Brian Greig, for summing up the ultimate outcome of the same-sex marriage campaign in four crisp sentences: the abolition of marriage altogether.


Don’t be so sure about the issue du jour, says The Australian
20 Aug 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, Brian Greig, Paul Keating
In 1999, Australia's most prominent homosexual declared that not one gay or lesbian wanted same-sex marriage. What has changed?


Same-sex marriage becomes law in New Zealand today
19 Aug 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: New Zealand
Let's look beyond today and see what further advances marriage will make in New Zealand.


“You disagree with me” is not evidence of homophobia
15 Aug 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, heterosexism, Penny Wong
If gay activists dissolve into puddles of self-pity when confronted with opposing views, it becomes impossible to have a rational discussion based on argument and evidence.


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