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.

Israel Folau’s fund-raising: what in the name of God is going on here?

26 Jun 2019
It's time to ask some searching questions about this astonishing phenomenon

Folau the money

24 Jun 2019
GoFundMe abruptly closes down Israel Folau's fund-raising campaign

Victoria’s politicians playing a transparent game of transphobic heteronormative virtue-signalling   

20 Jun 2019
The Australian state wants to change birth certificates to reflect transgender realities

Folau faces the fight of his life

20 Jun 2019
Rugby star asks public for $3 million to back his fight against corporate tyranny

‘I want you to panic,’ said Greta, and panic they did

17 Jun 2019
A loopy philosophical response to climate change  

A doubleplusungood story about Dutch euthanasia

11 Jun 2019
The death of a 17-year-old girl suffering from anorexia raises serious questions

Cardinal Pell awaits the result of his appeal

7 Jun 2019
Can some good come out of this horrendous scandal?

The flawed greatness of Martin Luther King Jr

5 Jun 2019
Government archives have shown a new and dark side to America's revered civil rights campaigner

Self-appointed suicide guides will always ignore the law

3 Jun 2019
Euthanasia zealots believe that their mission is to deliver from suffering, not to obey the law

France divided over fate of brain-damaged man

27 May 2019
The 'affaire Vincent Lambert' is a test of the nation's commitment to the disabled

Another cataclysmic failure of opinion polls

22 May 2019
First Brexit. Then Trump. Then Australia. All of the pollsters were wrong about last Saturday's election

Ontario court affirms right of state to compel participation in euthanasia  

21 May 2019
Doctors must refer patients for 'medical assistance in dying'

Israel Folau thrown to the lions

17 May 2019
A new chapter in the history of Christian persecution opens

Belgian tug-of-war over euthanasia for mental illness and dementia

13 May 2019
One of the world’s most liberal countries seems to be moving toward euthanasia on demand

UN trumpets an extinction crisis

10 May 2019
Serious problems exist but what is really critically endangered is common sense

The consequences that follow

8 May 2019
Rugby superstar Israel Folau has been found guilty of homophobia

Inclusion: a team sport where you check your beliefs at the door

3 May 2019
A lot is riding on Israel Folau's appeal against being fired by Rugby Australia

At least 1.12% of deaths in Canada are due to euthanasia

29 Apr 2019
In 2018, 3000 people died after a lethal injection

The doctors of transgender kids aren’t ignoring the evidence. There is no evidence

26 Apr 2019
There seems to be a wide gap between clinical practice and the research on which it should be based.

No tears for Sri Lanka’s Easter massacre

24 Apr 2019
The New York Times is more worried about regulating social media than protecting Christians

Folau runs foul of moral guardians

11 Apr 2019
Is Australia’s most talented rugby star a homophobe?  

The power of words

11 Apr 2019
A pillar of the dying-with-dignity movement calls a spade a spade

More doubts about controversial Pell guilty verdict 

10 Apr 2019
Could the witness have been influenced by a similar case in the US?

Hatred: the god that failed

5 Apr 2019
America’s unofficial arbiter of hate groups is facing a crisis

‘You’re a hater’: the fashionable slander

5 Apr 2019
It shuts down all dialogue and turns good people into pariahs

A confusing family tree in Omaha

1 Apr 2019
A gay couple uses a sister's eggs and a grandmother's womb.

He Who Must Not Be Named

29 Mar 2019
The Christchurch gunman is despicable, but trying to erase him is worse than futile

Winding back the clock

25 Mar 2019
What a crazy Dutch stunt tell us about transgender ideology

Scientists split over value of moratorium on editing the human germline

20 Mar 2019
Safety is important, but ethics are even more important

Can paedophilia stage a comeback?

18 Mar 2019
A new play calls for compassion for offenders

Lessons from Cardinal Pell’s 6-year jail sentence

13 Mar 2019
He was convicted on the word of one person testifying behind closed doors

75,528 reasons why AOC is wrong about not having kids

12 Mar 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that childlessness may be a good thing

Are patients with personality disorders who request euthanasia being treated properly?

11 Mar 2019
According to a study of Dutch patients, the answer is No.

An agenda for the soft despotism of same-sex marriage

8 Mar 2019
Activists have a long shopping list of urgently needed changes in Australian society

Is a happy marriage just a matter of genes?

6 Mar 2019
More insightful research to support genetic determinism

Wise advice for enduring the scorn of the Twitter mob

5 Mar 2019
The 18th Century writer Samuel Johnson had to bear the slings and arrows of outrageous comments

The other country where euthanasia for children is legal—Colombia

4 Mar 2019
The long process of legalisation began in 1997

Assisted dying can be “inhumane”, experts claim

1 Mar 2019
Some patients can take a week to die

It’s too early to gloat over Pell’s conviction

1 Mar 2019
For some pundits, the recent trial has also convicted Christian sexual morality

How to win arguments when you haven’t a leg to stand on

27 Feb 2019
Advice from Arthur Schopenhauer, our nominee as official philosopher of the internet

Cardinal Pell felled by abuse claims – but are they credible?

26 Feb 2019
There is more than enough reason to believe that he has not received a fair trial

I’m from the government and I want to help your gender dysphoric kid. Parents, butt out!

25 Feb 2019
Bioethicists think that the state ought to step in if parents refuse to allow puberty-blockers

Let the ISIS brides return home

22 Feb 2019
Nations must accept responsibility for their citizens, however bad or dangerous they are

Transgender kids: no, it’s not settled science!

21 Feb 2019
Check out this great article in Medscape

Tunnel vision at the New York Times

20 Feb 2019
We compared editorials in 1969 and 2019. What we found will surprise you.

The PR machine which is defaming the Vatican

18 Feb 2019
A British publisher stands to make a motza from a book claiming that 80% of Vatican clerics are gay

Controversy dogs ‘assisted dying’ poll of UK doctors

18 Feb 2019
Allegations that the Royal College of Physicians has been hijacked

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