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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.


‘Please make comfortable’

29 Jun 2018
An estimated 650 patients at an English hospital had their lives 'shortened'. It has taken 20 years to get to the bottom of the scandal

Books for the social media age I: The Little Prince

22 Jun 2018
It’s the perfect tonic for those besotted with Facebook and Twitter.

Where has all the outrage gone?

19 Jun 2018
2300 American online sex offenders were arrested in three months. The media ignored it. Why?

Is it immoral to love your kids because they are related to you?

7 Jun 2018
Some bioethicists think that it is

Is euthanasia the next logical step for Ireland after abortion?

5 Jun 2018
Junior minister is already drafting a bill

Is ‘cultural Marxism’ to blame for our sorrows?

31 May 2018
A better culprit is the British philosopher John Stuart Mill

Head of Dignitas charged with profiting from assisted suicide

28 May 2018
First case of its kind in Switzerland

Climate change is a killer

25 May 2018
Groundless pessimism about the future can be lethal

Gina Haspel approved as CIA director

17 May 2018
Is the highest moral standard for the CIA really the Army Field Manual?  

American Medical Association stands firm on assisted suicide

15 May 2018
Recent report gives a respectful thumbs-down

Iceland dumps proposed ban on male circumcision

14 May 2018
The debate in the tiny nation highlights important issues for parental rights

The dangerous ideology of ‘rational suicide’

11 May 2018
The death of a 104-year-old Australian scientist in a suicide clinic in Switzerland is a tragedy, not a triumph of self-affirmation

Ancient heresies back from the dead

2 May 2018
What are Gnosticism and Pelagianism, the ancient errors criticised by Pope Francis?

Wow! How many people are Flemish doctors REALLY euthanasing?

30 Apr 2018
Only about 15% of cases are officially reported

Religion boosts teenagers’ grades

19 Apr 2018
Observant students tend to be more conscientious and cooperative

Assisted suicide has slow take-up in DC

19 Apr 2018
Only two doctors have signed up and no patients have died

Israel Folau: icon of democracy

17 Apr 2018
A brilliant rugby star is in hot water over his views on homosexuality

How do the Dutch respond to euthanasia requests from the intellectually disabled?

16 Apr 2018
Not with great insight or sensitivity, according to a recent study

The Facebook paradox

16 Apr 2018
Why do we give away our privacy on the internet and still insist that it is the foundation of important rights?

Hawaii legalises assisted suicide

10 Apr 2018
It becomes the seventh US jurisdiction to do so.

NY Times columnist peddles conspiracy theory about Pope Francis

6 Apr 2018
Ross Douthat fails to understand the Pope and fails to understand the Church.

The shadowy world of ‘euthanasia fundamentalism’

26 Mar 2018
After Australia, the UK, and the US, it pops up in the Netherlands

Euthanasia performed on Canadian prisoner

5 Mar 2018
Eight prisoners have applied for medical aid in dying

Après Barnaby, le déluge?

28 Feb 2018
Is it true that Australian conservatism is doomed after recent defeats?

Is the World Medical Association going to change on euthanasia?

27 Feb 2018
FIAMC claims that the WMA is planning tacit support for euthanasia

A trans first: breastfeeding

20 Feb 2018
A natal male with all his equipment breastfed his partner’s baby, experts report

Belgium’s euthanasia commission under fire after shock letter by whistleblower

18 Feb 2018
A former member accuses it of breaking the law, muzzling dissent, and packing it with euthanasia practitioners

The bioethics of tattoos

8 Feb 2018
Taking 'living wills' too literally?

Attention MercatorNet readers: vent here

6 Feb 2018
Welcome to our off-topic discussion thread

Canadian court tells doctors they must refer for euthanasia

2 Feb 2018
Will they be hounded out of their profession?

Utilitarianism goes on a charm offensive

29 Jan 2018
But sprinkling the pixie dust of Christianity won't change its dark public image

How does Donald stack up against Winston?

23 Jan 2018
Churchill set the bar very high for aspiring statesmen

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

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