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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.


Producers tackle Hollywood bias on abortion with film on Roe v. Wade

17 Jan 2018
A daring drama about the history behind the landmark Supreme Court case

Should Australia break open the seal of confession?

12 Jan 2018
The question is whether reforms will keep children safe. This idea won't

Same-sex marriage creates more commitment? Wait and see

8 Dec 2017
Australian politicians predict more love and more commitment. Let's measure it.

Get your head screwed on right

5 Dec 2017
An Italian surgeon wants to get in the business of head transplants

Can Hollywood ever get rid of ‘inappropriate behaviour’?

30 Nov 2017
What else can you expect from a culture steeped in pornography?

World Medical Association updates Hippocratic Oath

30 Nov 2017
Is the value of human life slowly being eroded?

Nitschke designs suicide machine which doubles as a coffin

27 Nov 2017
The latest in a series of DIY suicide gadgets

A last look at the Pacific

24 Nov 2017
A great tribute to the warm-hearted care of paramedics

Victoria consents to euthanasia

23 Nov 2017
If consent is so often manipulated in sexual matters, why not in ‘voluntary assisted dying’?

Seeking salvation after the plebiscite

21 Nov 2017
Is 2017 a turning point in world history?

A simple idea which changed the lives of millions

17 Nov 2017
The Hippo Roller has revolutionised water transport in Africa

Australia votes for same-sex marriage

15 Nov 2017
A thumping majority has backed a redefinition of marriage. What happens next?

Demand for euthanasia surges in the Netherlands

13 Nov 2017
The taboo has gone

Is euthanasia for psychological suffering changing Belgian medicine?

7 Nov 2017
National media examine the topic after an exclusive story in the Washington Post

How many older gays secretly oppose same-sex marriage?

6 Nov 2017
There's a clear generation gap between older and younger homosexuals

Is an upset looming in Australia’s same-sex marriage campaign?

2 Nov 2017
Academics using big data analytics are predicting a narrow loss for the Yes campaign

Zombie glories

1 Nov 2017
This despised genre offers many lessons for discerning viewers

Are the kids really OK?

27 Oct 2017
Australia's best-known medical journal presents a misleading picture of gay parenting.

Reports of his demise have been greatly exaggerated

26 Oct 2017
Fake news hits the Vatican: Benedict XVI is dying!!!!!

‘Yes’ to euthanasia no longer certain in Victoria

23 Oct 2017
Some members of the upper house appear to be changing their minds

After Weinstein, why not try chastity?

18 Oct 2017
One path leads to bigger rulebooks. The other leads to a revival of chastity

The Russian Revolution in film

16 Oct 2017
Three epics about the Revolution and a postscript from the Stalinist era.

5 lessons Harvey Weinstein can teach us about Hollywood

13 Oct 2017
The latest scandal shows that root-and-branch reform is needed

A town where sexual abuse is a cancer

10 Oct 2017
An outback town in Western Australia has a 'staggering' rate of abuse. Why?

‘Love Is Love’—or is it?

6 Oct 2017
The slogan may be appealing, but it is meaningless and deceptive

Pope doubles down on marriage document

6 Oct 2017
In an informal gathering in Colombia last month, he insisted that his critics are wrong.

‘An act of pure evil’

3 Oct 2017
Are rifles or relationships at the bottom of the madness in Las Vegas

Stupid is as stupid does

26 Sep 2017
An Australian academic knows why you don't support 'marriage equality' -- you're dumb

Is Pope Francis a victim of ‘fake news’?

26 Sep 2017
Another salvo in a campaign to paint him as a heretic

Major US doctors group slams physician-assisted suicide

25 Sep 2017
American College of Physicians has dug its heels in

Happy 308th birthday, Dr Johnson

18 Sep 2017
Google honours a great lexicographer

Moral Panic 101 proves to be a damp squib

14 Sep 2017
Don't let facts spoil an emotional argument for gender indoctrination.

The intellectuals who want to deep-six marriage

12 Sep 2017
Some people are asking why we need marriage at all

Is the Christian view of marriage too narrow?

11 Sep 2017
A British MP lands in hot water over his views on same-sex marriage

What happens inside those jolly same-sex marriage-friendly companies?

8 Sep 2017
How will they deal with dissidents?

A modest proposal to expunge a dark past

7 Sep 2017
What about Amerigo Vespucci?

Should Catholics throw in the towel over gay marriage?

1 Sep 2017
Some prominent figures in Australia say it's all too hard

Think. For. Yourself.

30 Aug 2017
Independent thinking is being penalised at many universities

Is fake news a fake problem?

29 Aug 2017
There's very little proof that 'fake news' influenced the outcome of the 2016 US election

Should conservatives rally ‘round the rainbow flag?

28 Aug 2017
The federal president of the Australian Liberal Party says Yes

Does same-sex marriage promote gay health?

25 Aug 2017
Studies from Denmark and Sweden show that there is greater risk of suicide

Dutch couple choose euthanasia together

23 Aug 2017
It's an increasingly common practice in the Netherlands, it seems

About that poster

22 Aug 2017
A poster in Melbourne against same-sex marriage may be offensive and provocative, but its statistics are correct

If you don’t like plural marriage, don’t get plural married

21 Aug 2017
Will LGBT bigotry be the biggest obstacle to legalising polygamy?

Will Australia crack open the seal of confession?

17 Aug 2017
The Royal Commission into child sex abuse wants to break an age-old tradition

A re-education crusade in Australia after same-sex marriage?

14 Aug 2017
An experienced Irish campaigner fears persistent 'institutionalised homophobia'

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