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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.



A shortage of women workers in China pushes up wages
20 May 2013 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: China, labor shortages, one-child policy
Believe it or not, China is facing labour shortages. There is a shortage of women (I wonder why) and wages are rising. The Economist reports in this video.


The media’s “sea of fire”
10 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: homophobia, homosexuality, John Maynard Keynes
Why is the media frothing over criticism of a long-dead homosexual economist?


Not a noble death
7 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Belgium, euthanasia
The euthanasia of Nobel laureate Christian de Duve in Belgium is a worrying precedent for the world's baby boomers.


NZ govt moves against family lobby group after legalising same-sex marriage
6 May 2013 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: New Zealand
Family First New Zealand has received notification that government's Charities Commission intends to deregister the charity. Why? Family First has a traditional view of marriage being one man and one woman.


Fraud threatens the integrity of social psychology
4 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: scientific method, social psychology
Scientific studies are used to support controversial social policies like same-sex marriage. But can we rely on them?


Tasmania’s intimidating abortion bill
30 Apr 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, Tasmania
Deregistration, heavy fines and jail terms threaten those who voice their opposition to abortion.


Is Africa’s rise a false dawn?
30 Apr 2013 | HARAMBEE |  
tags: economics, The Economist
The Economist hosted a debate on the topic: How real is the rise of Africa? This short video summarises the ensuing discussion. Fascinating stuff.


Why should we care about Boston?
23 Apr 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Boston Marathon bombings, Christianity, media, solidarity
Some Australian journalists have asked why so much coverage was given to American deaths and so little to deaths in Iraq. Are they right?


The other controversial legacy
16 Apr 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, IVF, Nobel Prize, Robert Edwards
Robert Edwards, the inventor of IVF, died two days after Margaret Thatcher. History may show that his impact was even greater than hers.


Is the one-child policy spoiling China’s children?
12 Apr 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, demography, one-child policy
Research confirms all the cliches about "little emperors", the children of parents who were forced to stop at one.


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