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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.

‘He’ and ‘she’ make way for ‘ze’ in Oxford’s gender-sensitive education
14 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender-neutral pronouns, political correctness
One of the world's greatest universities has succumbed to pronominal correctness

An inspirational figure
13 Dec 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: Catholic Church, Opus Dei
The Prelate of Opus Dei died yesterday, leaving a rich legacy

A real-life IVF dilemma in Hollywood
12 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: frozen embryos, Hollywood, IVF, Nick Loeb, Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara and her former partner are battling over custody of frozen embryos

After 16 years, a name
12 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: human dignity, illegal immigrants, Mexico, permanent vegetative state
He may be undocumented, but American nurses have cared for him.

Converting the miserabilists
8 Dec 2016 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, childlessness, David Benatar, euthanasia, miserabilism, pessimism, Philip Nitschke, suicide
The fundamental question in confronting euthanasia is whether life is worth living

The ‘gay stigma kills’ mantra is wrong
7 Dec 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: institutional stigmatization, LGBT, Mark Regnerus, stigma
Research showing that structural stigma reduces life expectancy is false

Free speech at risk in France
6 Dec 2016 | CONNIPTIONS |  
The government wants to shut down pro-life websites

Is the Pope a heretic?
5 Dec 2016 | CONNIPTIONS |  
A new politics of anger invades the Catholic Church

The Pope is a heretic? You can’t be serious!
5 Dec 2016 | ABOVE |  
tags: mercy, New York Times, Pope Francis
The internet is boiling with dissent over his merciful ways

Frozen stiff: the quackery of cryonics
1 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: cryogenics, cryonics, immortality, transhumanism
A 14-year-old British girl dying of cancer recently won a court battle to be cryogenically frozen.

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