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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.


Thank God for politicians! The good ones, that is

27 Mar 2020
Because the Covid-19 crisis shows how much damage the bad ones will do

The twisted optimism of the miserabilists

23 Mar 2020
The coronavirus pandemic prompts some peculiar reactions

Coronavirus reading: ‘In spite of everything, say Yes to life’

20 Mar 2020
What better time than now to remember the great therapist Viktor Frankl?

The endless ingenuity of the P.T. Barnum of assisted suicide

18 Mar 2020
Inspired by the adventures of a South Korean spy, he has invented a new device

We are not making this up

17 Mar 2020
A weird and well-known gay family in Florida gets even weirder

Lessons from a global healthquake

16 Mar 2020
Some questions that we should ponder calmly when the pandemic has abated

A high tide for utilitarianism with the coronavirus pandemic

16 Mar 2020
Two Scottish academics back assisted dying as a cost-saving measure

After ‘effective altruism’

11 Mar 2020
Peter Singer’s ideas about philanthropy owe a lot to Christianity

Australia needs a public inquiry into transgender medicine for kids

10 Mar 2020
A peak doctors’ group has given the government bad advice

Kids benefit from seeing euthanasia close up, says Canadian doctor

2 Mar 2020
It helps to normalise the process of doctors killing patients

Germany’s high court endorses a right to assisted suicide

27 Feb 2020
A new era of nihilism begins

Count your blessings. If you catch coronavirus, you still missed out on bubonic plague

27 Feb 2020
For a real epidemic, read ‘The Betrothed’

The fall of a spiritual giant

24 Feb 2020
Jean Vanier, the Canadian founder of a community for the intellectually disabled, has been exposed as a sexual abuser

Twitter piles on Richard Dawkins over eugenics tweet

24 Feb 2020
The eminent expert in communicating science botches his explanation

In defence of Peter Singer

19 Feb 2020
The notorious utilitarian philosopher has been de-platformed in New Zealand

The transgender suicide myth exposed

14 Feb 2020
What should really terrify parents is the mutilation of their child's healthy body

Mayor Pete’s rainbow values

6 Feb 2020
Voters should take a closer look at Buttigieg's policies

Burying ‘dead white males’

3 Feb 2020
Will the deconstructionists win the battle for 'Western Civilization'?

What comes after transgender theories?

27 Jan 2020
Radical feminists have a game plan for destroying the family

Has Davos got it wrong?

24 Jan 2020
Climate change may not be the biggest threat facing the world

Historic first trial of euthanasia doctors begins in Belgium

20 Jan 2020
A death in 2010 finally comes to court

Roe v Wade comes to Hollywood

20 Jan 2020
Exclusive interview with the star of a new film about the famous court case

How the porn industry destroys lives (3)

17 Jan 2020
Pornography, prostitution and sex trafficking are inextricably linked

How porn affects relationships (2)

15 Jan 2020
The secret of human happiness is love, not sexual fantasies

Are Catholics facing a battle royale over married priests?

14 Jan 2020
Media reports suggest that Francis and Benedict differ dramatically

Fighting porn addiction (1)

13 Jan 2020
This great series is a big help in understanding how it can destroy lives

Was T.S. Eliot a forerunner of #MeToo misogyny?

10 Jan 2020
The release of the Nobel Prize-winning poet's correspondence with a female friend is a literary sensation

Australia’s fire apocalypse

4 Jan 2020
Is climate change the main driver of the disaster?

Putting a blowtorch to ‘toxic masculinity’

3 Jan 2020
As bushfires rage, an Australian Senator defends men

Why the West is WEIRD

3 Dec 2019
Is Christianity responsible for our hyper-individualistic society?

Blinded by social justice?

27 Nov 2019
One of Australia's leading banks is in hot water over money-laundering

Self-pity: the hidden root of transgender rage

27 Nov 2019
A famous American economist tries to justify a sex change

Are ‘designer babies’ possible? Researchers say No

25 Nov 2019
If you want to maximize your baby’s IQ or height, forget it

What’s behind the nursing home disaster?

14 Nov 2019
Australian aged care is in crisis

Will the threat of lawsuits rein in gender dysphoria doctors?

5 Nov 2019
Australian lawyers foresee class action suits

The crumbling house of bioethics

5 Nov 2019
The experts are engaged in a civil war about the principles of their own discipline

Globally, opposition to euthanasia dwarfs end-of-life movements

1 Nov 2019
World Medical Association reaffirms its opposition

Obama calls out the West’s woke warriors

31 Oct 2019
His call for understanding is remarkably like General Ulysses S. Grant

When will #MeToo blow the whistle on IVF clinic pornography?

28 Oct 2019
It’s a sordid but essential part of the services offered by fertility clinics

A Swedish team takes a critical look at treatment for gender dysphoria

24 Oct 2019
A leading professor describes experimental sex-corrective treatment as one of the biggest scandals in medical history

Politicians who pray: what a scandal!

22 Oct 2019
Australia's Prime Minister is unembarrassed about his faith

Ectogenesis keeps chugging along

21 Oct 2019
Artificial pregnancies are no longer science fiction

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue

17 Oct 2019
LGBTQ mental health hasn't improved since the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage

In US and Canada, end-of-life laws endanger people with disabilities

14 Oct 2019
The media is ignoring a major US report on assisted suicide

Extinction Rebellion’s loopy politics

9 Oct 2019
Blocking traffic could be just the beginning.

A blinkered view of pornography leads to disaster for children 

4 Oct 2019
The New York Times blew its chance to defend kids

There’s nothing fake about the dangers of transgender medications

1 Oct 2019
Potent drugs can affect the functioning of adolescent patients

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