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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.


‘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

Folau faces the fight of his life

18 Jun 2019
Rugby star asks public for $3 million to back his fight against corporate tyranny

‘I want you to panic,’ said Greta, and panic they did

17 Jun 2019
A loopy philosophical response to climate change  

A doubleplusungood story about Dutch euthanasia

11 Jun 2019
The death of a 17-year-old girl suffering from anorexia raises serious questions

Cardinal Pell awaits the result of his appeal

7 Jun 2019
Can some good come out of this horrendous scandal?

The flawed greatness of Martin Luther King Jr

5 Jun 2019
Government archives have shown a new and dark side to America's revered civil rights campaigner

Self-appointed suicide guides will always ignore the law

3 Jun 2019
Euthanasia zealots believe that their mission is to deliver from suffering, not to obey the law

France divided over fate of brain-damaged man

27 May 2019
The 'affaire Vincent Lambert' is a test of the nation's commitment to the disabled

Another cataclysmic failure of opinion polls

22 May 2019
First Brexit. Then Trump. Then Australia. All of the pollsters were wrong about last Saturday's election

Ontario court affirms right of state to compel participation in euthanasia  

21 May 2019
Doctors must refer patients for 'medical assistance in dying'

Israel Folau thrown to the lions

17 May 2019
A new chapter in the history of Christian persecution opens

Belgian tug-of-war over euthanasia for mental illness and dementia

13 May 2019
One of the world’s most liberal countries seems to be moving toward euthanasia on demand

UN trumpets an extinction crisis

10 May 2019
Serious problems exist but what is really critically endangered is common sense

The consequences that follow

8 May 2019
Rugby superstar Israel Folau has been found guilty of homophobia

Inclusion: a team sport where you check your beliefs at the door

3 May 2019
A lot is riding on Israel Folau's appeal against being fired by Rugby Australia

At least 1.12% of deaths in Canada are due to euthanasia

29 Apr 2019
In 2018, 3000 people died after a lethal injection

The doctors of transgender kids aren’t ignoring the evidence. There is no evidence

26 Apr 2019
There seems to be a wide gap between clinical practice and the research on which it should be based.

No tears for Sri Lanka’s Easter massacre

24 Apr 2019
The New York Times is more worried about regulating social media than protecting Christians

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

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