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

Gender-Affirming Bathroom Policies ‘Quackery,’ Medical Experts Say

A decision by the US Department of Justice last Friday not to support Obama-era policies on transgender school bathrooms suggests that the LGBT activists are out in the cold.   Mr Obama’s Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, made a promise to...

Catholic Church in Australia Rocked by Sex Abuse Report

The headlines in Australian newspapers this week have not been kind to the Catholic Church. Gail Furness, the lawyer for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, delivered a blistering speech outlining its findings to...

Euthanasia Could Save Canada Millions in Healthcare Costs

  Perhaps it’s all that New World fresh air and pioneering spirit, but Canada is taking to its new euthanasia legislation like a duck to water. It only became legal in June and already about 800 people have received a lethal injection at the...

‘On Bullshit’: A Text for the Times

It’s rare to find a book of philosophy which is so relevant to the debates of the day that it could have appeared on an op-ed page. But such is On Bullshit, by an emeritus professor at Princeton University, Harry Frankfurt. It first appeared in...

Stem Cell Science Could Soon Make Sex Obsolete (or Largely Recreational)

Last year a Stanford law professor, Hank Greely, published a book, The End of Sex And The Future of Human Reproduction. In it he predicted that in 20 to 40 years’ time people would no longer have sex to make babies. Sex will be largely recreational...

Who's Afraid of RT?

A 14-page report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has concluded that during last year’s election campaign Russia tried “to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and...

Election Pundits: Clueless, Spectacularly Clueless

Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States, in a victory which gobsmacked the media and pundits. Trump overcame sex scandals, bad debates, a shambolic organisation, hostility from the grandees of his own party and a relentlessly...

The Best Political Ad of 2016

This is being acclaimed as the best TV advertisement of the 2016 election. Not for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for the US Presidency. Not for Donald Trump, the GOP candidate. For Gerald Daugherty, the incumbent County Commissioner for...

Why Did the Sexual Revolution Happen?

You may wince at the crass behaviour of Donald Trump, roll your eyes at Caitlin/Bruce Jenner’s portrait on the cover of Vogue, or lament the legalization of same-sex marriage -- but there is something even more painful about these events. We don’t...

America’s Ghost Legions of Idle Men

The US stock market continues to set new records. Unemployment continues to go down. The United States is now at or near “full employment”. According to a Bloomberg headline last year, “The Jobless Numbers Aren’t Just Good, They’re Great”. But a...

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