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

Four Reasons 'You're a Hater' Has Become Fashionable Slander

Hatred has been having a boom time. No insult cuts us more deeply than “you’re a hater”. It means that you are intransigent, intolerant, bigoted and probably a secret nose-picker. “You’re a hater” (or its close cousin, "you're a bigot") shuts down...

The Ignored Factor in New Zealand’s Mass Shooting

What turned Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian who murdered 50 people at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week into a mass killer? We’ll never know for sure. The media has been full of speculation. The suspects include extreme...

Can Paedophilia Stage a Comeback?

In MercatorNet last week Carolyn Moynihan predicted that paedophilia would make a comeback as a legitimate form of sexual expression, provided that it was loving and consensual. It was, she argued, a natural consequence of the ideology of the Sexual...

Is a Happy Marriage Just a Matter of Genes?

What’s the secret of a happy and enduring marriage? According to a team from the Yale School of Public Health, it could be the genes of husband and wife. In a paper published last week in the journal PLOS One, it reported that when at least one...

Experts Claim Assisted Suicide isn’t as Painless as We’ve Been Led to Believe

In places where assisted dying and euthanasia are legal, patients are promised a peaceful death without pain or distress. But in a chilling article in the journal Anaesthesia, an international group of scholars observe that some of these deaths...

How to Win Arguments When You Haven’t a Leg to Stand On

A number of studies have shown links between depression and internet use. This being the case, who better than the 19th Century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) to be named as the official philosopher of the internet? For...

Could Parents Who Resist the Transgender Narrative Lose Their Kids?

What happens if parents want to stop a child from “transitioning” from their natal sex? Obviously the child needs help because the desire to live as a member of the opposite sex is very distressing. The old medical consensus used to be that the best...

Can Americans Be Friends Again?

George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, was a man remarkable for civility, that precious but vanishing virtue in public life. He left a note for his successor, Bill Clinton, in the Oval Office on the day of the...

Meet the Father of One Thousand Kids

Another adventure in the reproductive revolution. Not long ago the news surfaced that a Dutch man may have fathered 1000 children by donating at three sperm banks over many years. The Guardian has helpfully tracked down this...

Widow Explains Why Assisted Suicide Can Be Harder on the Family Than Natural Death

The journalist wife of a Sky News journalist has written a memoir chronicling her reaction to her husband’s one-way trip to a Swiss suicide clinic. Deborah Binner is bitterly critical of the decision her spouse Simon made to seek assisted suicide...

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