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

5 lessons Harvey Weinstein can teach us about Hollywood

Harvey Weinstein is an overweight, crude, sex-addicted creep. But a powerful creep. At least until one week ago. Weinstein is the co-founder of the production-and-distribution companies Miramax and the Weinstein Company. He has shared the credit...

Mass Shooters and Broken Families: The Overlooked Link Connecting these 6 Killers

In describing the horror of the 59 people murdered in Las Vegas, President Trump got it right: “It was an act of pure evil.” What leads someone to meticulously plan and execute a massacre? From his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay...

Christians Need to Work on Their Reasoning When Defending Traditional Marriage

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Catholic backbencher in the British Parliament who is being touted as a possible successor to Theresa May, touched off an explosion of indignation last week over his views on same-sex marriage and abortion. If his stars align,...

A (Real) Handmaid’s Tale

Whether you are pro-this or anti-that, a passionate believer in human dignity, or an ultra-rational utilitarian, your bioethics always has to begin with the facts. While knowledge of consequences is only part of ethical decision-making, it is an...

Where did Nazi doctors learn their ethics?

German medicine under Hitler resulted in so many horrors – eugenics, human experimentation, forced sterilization, involuntary euthanasia, mass murder – that there is a temptation to say that “Nazi doctors had no ethics”. However, according to an...

If kids can’t cross streets safely, why do we offer them sex changes?

The very latest research by developmental psychologists shows that American children are not competent at crossing busy streets until they are at least 14. This news was important enough to be included in the daily briefing for members of the...

How I Caught Pope Francis Sharing Fake News

Pope Francis is a pastor who loves telling stories. One of his most memorable is a vignette drawn from To Every Man a Penny, by the Scottish novelist Bruce Marshall. A young officer in the Gestapo has been condemned to death by the French...

Surgeons in Canada are Harvesting Organs from Euthanised Patients

Taking advantage of the country’s new law, Canadian transplant surgeons have harvested organs from dozens of euthanasia patients. According to the National Post, 26 people in Ontario who died by lethal injection have donated tissue or organs. This...

Scholars Defend Free Speech from 'Dogmatism and Groupthink'

Violent protest, no-platforming and public shaming are increasingly used on university campuses and on social media to shut down debate. So it is refreshing to see that two Ivy League professors at the opposite ends of the political spectrum have...

Deconstructing a Viral Pro Gay Marriage Commercial

This week saw Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday come and go. And Saturday is Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. So we’ve well and truly entered Lent. This year’s theme for the world-famous parade of LGBTQI sexualities is “creating equality”. How...

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