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 creates more commitment? Wait and see
8 Dec 2017 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, commitment, same-sex marriage
Australian politicians predict more love and more commitment. Let's measure it.


Rohingya face population control pressure on both sides of the border
6 Dec 2017 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Bangladesh, Myanmar, population control, Rohingya
Bangladesh is trying to sell the refugees on the virtues of contraception


Get your head screwed on right
5 Dec 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, gender reassignment, head transplants, life extension, Sergio Canavero
An Italian surgeon wants to get in the business of head transplants


Can Hollywood ever get rid of ‘inappropriate behaviour’?
30 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood, sexual abuse
What else can you expect from a culture steeped in pornography?


World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath
30 Nov 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: Hippocratic Oath, medical ethics, medical profession
Is the value of human life slowly being eroded?


What will happen with Tolkien's stories in Hollywood?
27 Nov 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Amazon Studios has bought the global television rights to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.


Nitschke designs suicide machine which doubles as a coffin
27 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Australia, euthanasia, Philip Nitschke, suicide
The latest in a series of DIY suicide gadgets


If you just donate once a year, think of us
24 Nov 2017 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Give MercatorNet a hand!


A last look at the Pacific
24 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: compassion, death, palliative care
A great tribute to the warm-hearted care of paramedics


Victoria consents to euthanasia
23 Nov 2017 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Harvey Weinstein, sexual abuse, Victoria
If consent is so often manipulated in sexual matters, why not in ‘voluntary assisted dying’?


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