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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.


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

UK: common sense 1; transgender sense 0

30 Sep 2019
A trans man journalist loses a legal battle to be listed as 'father' on a birth certificate

Some guys just like to collect foetal remains. You got a problem with that?

23 Sep 2019
A horrifying discovery on the property of a deceased American abortionist

Climate panic will subvert democracy

19 Sep 2019
Today’s Global Climate Strike represents a turn towards a dark politics

Bump, bump, bump

17 Sep 2019
The euthanasia slippery slope at work in Canada

The unvarnished truth about celibacy

5 Sep 2019
At its heart, it's about love, not rules

Australia’s legislative laboratory for euthanasia

3 Sep 2019
After Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland?

Cardinal Pell loses his appeal against child sex abuse conviction

21 Aug 2019
Australia’s senior Catholic cleric could die in jail

‘Good Boys’: a beginner’s guide to child exploitation

19 Aug 2019
Hollywood seems to have learned nothing from #MeToo

About time! Australian doctors to investigate transgender treatments for kids

19 Aug 2019
Government is backing an inquiry into the controversial issue

Jeffrey Epstein escapes justice

13 Aug 2019
What does this say about the morality of suicide?

Democracy and the Yuck Factor

9 Aug 2019
Should scientists be allowed to bypass controversy by exporting their research?

The light in the darkness

5 Aug 2019
Is there meaning to be found in the El Paso and Dayton massacres?

How can we protect women from being pressured to have abortions?

5 Aug 2019
New South Wales Parliament debates abortion tomorrow

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s brief guide to grammar, punctuation and inviting media mockery

30 Jul 2019
Is a concern with commas really a sign of an authoritarian personality?

Is killing the disabled ‘eugenics’, or just enhancing society?

29 Jul 2019
Yes, the 'new eugenics' - liberal, compassionate and voluntary - is just as bad as the old eugenics

You’ll be surprised to see who’s standing up for free speech against transgender abuse

25 Jul 2019
If it is not hate speech or incitement to violence, why not permit it?

A modest proposal for reducing pornography AND saving the world from climate change

24 Jul 2019
Online video is contributing to both moral and environmental pollution

What the world needs is more surrogacy. ASAP!

23 Jul 2019
What do Marxists think about womb-farming?

Are transwomen transforming the world of sports?

18 Jul 2019
A transwoman has just won a gold medal in weightlifting. Women competitors are not happy campers

The bagel thief and his rich and famous friends

17 Jul 2019
Lessons from the sordid career of Jeffrey Epstein

Vincent Lambert died last Thursday at 8.24am

16 Jul 2019
Surprising unanimity in lamenting a sad day for human dignity

I disagree, but I will defend to the death your right to speak

12 Jul 2019
A veteran British politician speaks up for free speech

Vincent Lambert is going to die

8 Jul 2019
France’s highest court rules that doctors can remove hydration and nutrition

Free speech in the UK dodges a bullet

5 Jul 2019
Good news for Israel Folau: Christian vindicated after posting Bible quotes about homosexuality

The transgender moment

4 Jul 2019
Why does this preposterous movement seem so plausible and righteous?

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

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