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.



Why isn’t religious freedom ‘the defining issue of our time’?
26 Nov 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: freedom of religion, religious persecution, religious tolerance
The West ignores the religious concerns of the rest of the world at its peril


Gay activists sink an Australian bridal magazine
20 Nov 2018 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: Australia, same-sex marriage
The owners quietly refused to celebrate same-sex weddings


Wife critical of journalist husband’s trip to Swiss suicide clinic
13 Nov 2018 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, United Kingdom
‘His death feels unresolved’


Dutchman, 69, wants to turn back the clock on his age
9 Nov 2018 | CONNIPTIONS |  
tags: Emile Ratelband, transgenderism
'Young god' claims that he is a victim of trans-ageist discrimination


Are the wheels falling off the transgender juggernaut?
7 Nov 2018 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: The Economist, transgenderism
In a surprising move, 'The Economist' expresses grave reservations


Let’s talk about pain
5 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, pain, secularization, suffering, utilitarianism
In an increasingly secularised society, suffering noisily beats suffering in silence


Did the leader in California’s governor’s race assist his mother’s suicide?
5 Nov 2018 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, California
He has admitted it in an interview with 'The New Yorker'


Do transhumanists need a bill of rights?
2 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: transhumanism
It would be useful to protect themselves against the hostility of ordinary mortals


Human dignity in the public square
2 Nov 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, human dignity, medical ethics, zombies
Do we really need this bioethics folderol?


A remarkable philosopher passes at 99
30 Oct 2018 | FEATURES |  
tags: family, marriage, Mary Midgley, philosophy
British philosopher Mary Midgley was a lifelong foe of scientism


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