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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.


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

Could parents who resist the transgender narrative lose their kids? Yup

14 Feb 2019
If parents stop a child from 'transitioning', there could be 'consequences'

34 elderly are dead. Why haven’t you read about it?

12 Feb 2019
What may turn out to be one of the biggest crimes in US history is being ignored

UNAIDS: behind schedule and behind the eight-ball

31 Dec 2018
The UN's own benchmark for stopping the epidemic is only 13 months away. It won't meet it.

An innocent bishop acquitted. Did anyone notice?

11 Dec 2018
Philip Wilson's reputation has been trashed. Who will pick up the pieces?

Euthanasia deaths in Quebec rising rapidly

10 Dec 2018
Is death-by-doctor becoming normalised?

Advice for transgender ‘free spirits’

10 Dec 2018
It's an updated version of the Flat Earth theory, complains one scientist

Can Americans be friends again?

3 Dec 2018
The junior senator from Nebraska says they can

Meet the father of one thousand kids

29 Nov 2018
Why isn’t sperm donation regarded as a crime against humanity?

Chinese scientist creates the world’s first designer babies

28 Nov 2018
Is the indignation of scientists sincere?

Have scientists given up trying to explain transgender?

27 Nov 2018
A peer-reviewed international journal suggests that reincarnation might be a factor

Why isn’t religious freedom ‘the defining issue of our time’?

26 Nov 2018
The West ignores the religious concerns of the rest of the world at its peril

Gay activists sink an Australian bridal magazine

20 Nov 2018
The owners quietly refused to celebrate same-sex weddings

Wife critical of journalist husband’s trip to Swiss suicide clinic

13 Nov 2018
‘His death feels unresolved’

Dutchman, 69, wants to turn back the clock on his age

9 Nov 2018
'Young god' claims that he is a victim of trans-ageist discrimination

Are the wheels falling off the transgender juggernaut?

7 Nov 2018
In a surprising move, 'The Economist' expresses grave reservations

Let’s talk about pain

5 Nov 2018
In an increasingly secularised society, suffering noisily beats suffering in silence

Did the leader in California’s governor’s race assist his mother’s suicide?

5 Nov 2018
He has admitted it in an interview with 'The New Yorker'

Do transhumanists need a bill of rights?

2 Nov 2018
It would be useful to protect themselves against the hostility of ordinary mortals

Human dignity in the public square

2 Nov 2018
Do we really need this bioethics folderol?

A remarkable philosopher passes at 99

30 Oct 2018
British philosopher Mary Midgley was a lifelong foe of scientism

Is it possible for doctors to be neutral on physician-assisted suicide?

25 Oct 2018
A large association of American doctors has adopted a position of "engaged neutrality".

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