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

101 Books Millennials Should Read Before They Die

MercatorNet’s book list, “101 books Gen Ys must read before they die”, which we published in 2012, long before anyone had ever heard of Millennials, has become one of our most popular features. So here is a sequel for the next generation,...

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

What do you think? Am I naïve, or what? When I hear that without a good medical reason the life of a hospital patient “was shortened”, it sounds an awful lot like murder. Even if we downgrade it to "unlawful killing", even if it happened once,...

Cruelty on the Border; Cruelty North of the Border

Faced with a surge of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers on the Mexican border, the Trump Administration has implemented a controversial zero-tolerance policy. One effect of this is to separate parents from their children. The parents are...

'Cultural Marxism' Is Not the True Culprit of Our Cultural Decay

“Cultural Marxism” is a bogeyman invoked by conservatives to explain events as varied as the FBI’s trouble with Trump, the evolution of the rock group U2, transgender rights, and the results of the abortion referendum in Ireland. Anything that...

How the Church of Climate Change Resembles a (Deadly) Cult

Climate change can kill. Not just furnace-like summer heat with its killer bushfires, not killer floods sweeping away livestock, houses and motorists, not killer cyclones lifting roofs, toppling trees, and smashing power lines. But also felo de...

Ancient Heresies Back from the Dead

The decline of the prestige of Christianity raises the question of what will replace it. No culture can live without a philosophy which gives structure and meaning to social institutions and to individual lives. The alternative is nihilism, whose...

Stanford Study: Religious Teens Are Smarter (and More Conscientious and Cooperative) than Non-Observant Teens

No one is surprised when teenagers withdraw from their parents’ religious practice. It’s often looked upon as a rite of passage. But, according to a study from Stanford Graduate School of Education no one should be surprised either if their...

Euthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners

Not too long ago, a request by a Belgian prisoner for euthanasia made international headlines -- even though he was not permitted to take advantage of the legislation. But in a measure of how enthusiastically Canada has embraced euthanasia,...

A Trans First: Breastfeeding

In another step forward for the transgender movement, a trans woman (a natal male) has breastfed a baby. The 30-year-old transwoman sought help from Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. Her female partner...

Why a 'Loneliness Epidemic' is Upon Us

“Our crowded, lengthy commutes are making us more lonely than ever”. “Eating alone is BAD for your health - especially if you're a man, study shows”. “Japan’s solution to loneliness: virtual wives.” “Loneliness: a silent plague that is hurting young...

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