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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.



How the Bible has shaped the West
24 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Jonathan Sacks, Judeo-Christian ethics
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks detects seven key ideas in Judaeo-Christian culture which explain why the West is unique.


A recession is no time for assisted suicide, says disabled British peer
13 Mar 2014 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled.


What the Dalai Lama really thinks about same-sex marriage
11 Mar 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags:
Compassionate or confusing? The Dalai Lama on same-sex marriage. One of the world's best known religious leaders has came out in favour of same-sex marriage. But what does he really think?


No white flag. Ever.
7 Mar 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: homosexuality, New York Times, Ross Douthat, same-sex marriage
Too much is at stake to surrender in the fight against same-sex marriage.


Five fab trends in social and mobile
6 Mar 2014 | CONNECTING |  
tags: connecting
Leo Burnett's Global Head of Social and Mobile, James Kirkham, presents five big trends in the world of social and mobile.


Barcoding embryos
4 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF
What message is being sent when you begin life as a number?


What would Lincoln say about same-sex marriage?
18 Feb 2014 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: same-sex marriage, Virginia
Check out Robert Reilly's incisive analysis of a Virginia judge's ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution. He appeals to Presidents Jefferson and Lincoln and concludes that: "Judge Wright Allen’s ruling is an act of will, not an act of law. It is an exercise of raw judicial power that shares in the coercive attempt to reconstitute reality for the benefit of those who require an alternate reality to rationalize their behaviour." http://goo.gl/24jdnX


The UN’s zero-compliance with zero tolerance of abuse
14 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Catholic Church, sexual abuse, UN peacekeeping force, United Nations
Why is the UN criticising the Catholic Church? It can't control its own soldiers.


Groundhog Day turns 21
11 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: boredom, film reviews
A film about tedium and futility has become a classic of American cinema.


2014: the year the Super Bowl did niceness
3 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: commercials, niceness, Super Bowl
Sure the Seahawks won 43-8, but what about the main act: the ads?


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