Michael Cook

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is Editor of MercatorNet.

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a B.A. at Harvard University in the U.S. where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a Ph.D. on an obscure corner of Australian literature. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science.

Recent blog posts by this author

A Critical Look at Treating Gender Dysphoria

Extreme medical treatment for children with gender dysphoria is not just a problem in the English-speaking world. In Sweden, too, there has been an explosion of gender dysphoria. In 2003 only about ten children were diagnosed; in 2018, there were...

When Will #MeToo Blow the Whistle on IVF Clinic Pornography?

Why hasn’t the #MeToo movement protested the close connection between the pornography industry and IVF clinics? Most clinics provide pornography so that men can quickly provide a sperm sample. It is an essential, if grubby, part of the clinic’s...

Ectogenesis Is Close to Growing Babies in Labs

Ectogenesis, or artificially gestating babies, is an idea which has a perennial appeal, for good reasons and bad. The film below is a brief snapshot of Dutch research into artificial wombs, or ectogenesis. The main scientist, gynecologist Dr...

Why Is the Media Ignoring a Law That Hurts Those With Disabilities?

Speeches by supporters of assisted suicide always include a big shout-out for people with disabilities. Hey, guys, you’re top on our list of favs; we’re just working out the delicate balance against individual rights. Just hang in there; we...

Ignoring Adult Porn Is a Disaster for Our Children

In today’s sex-soaked media, it was gratifying to see a leading champion of unrestricted sexual freedom, the New York Times, going bonkers about the wickedness of pornography. The headline summarises its graphic, scrupulously researched and...

There’s Nothing Fake About the Dangers of Transgender Medications

A terrifying story about drugs for transgender children has been making the rounds in the past few days. Originating in LifeSiteNews, it claimed that Lupron, a puberty-blocking drug used in treating transgender children, has been associated...

Australian Doctors to Investigate Transgender Treatments for Kids

It’s about time. A national inquiry into the safety and ethics of transgender medicine in Australia will be conducted by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians with the backing of Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. At the moment there are...

Five Surprising Public Figures Supporting Free Speech Over Transgender Wokeness

University disputes have always tended to descend into bitter words, perhaps because the stakes are so small. In his Preface to Shakespeare, the great 18th Century scholar Samuel Johnson observed that “when the truth to be investigated is so...

A Modest Proposal for Reducing Pornography AND Saving the World From Climate Change

You might think that watching cute kittie videos on YouTube is as harmless as it gets. You’d be wrong. Online video is destroying the Amazon jungle, melting glaciers in Greenland and kindling wildfires in California. There’s no video without...

Are Transwomen Transforming the World of Sports?

Last week New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard won gold medals at Apia's Faleata Sports Complex. She is now the Oceania senior champion, the Commonwealth senior champion, and the Pacific Games senior champion. She is looking forward to a...

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