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

Obamacare Now has a Transgender Mandate?

Ethical challenges to Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act: ☑ Abortion ☑ Euthanasia ☑ Sterilisation ☑ Contraception And, forging ahead, Obamacare may be forcing doctors to perform gender...

Why media should give the guy with the silly haircut a fair shake

The latest superhero extravaganza, Suicide Squad, comes from the DC Comics universe. It’s an updated Dirty Dozen: gather half a dozen psycho crims with superhuman powers and promise them a reprieve from death row in exchange for carrying...

7 reasons why the Pope’s gaffes are OK

Pope Francis keeps making headlines, but not in a way that soothes all Catholics. This week CNN reported that “Pope says Christians should apologize to gay people”, a story which was relayed by NPR as “Pope Francis: Church Should Apologize To Gays...

Our Culture's Love Affair With Self-Delusion

What better example of the Zeitgeist of transgenderism can there be than Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant? So powerful a theme is it that the French have released what is very nearly the same movie but, bien sûr en...

Are Criminals Born Bad?

The father of modern criminology, the 19th century Italian sociologist Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909), believed that criminality was genetically determined. “Born criminals” could be detected by the presence of a long list of “stigmata” such as an...

Oxford Expert: 10% Chance Humans Extinct in a Century

I have not been blessed with a refined taste in cinema, with my favorite movie franchise being the Terminator series, especially the second and third, in which Arnie is in peak form. Alas, there’s not enough space here to reminisce, so let’s confine...

Adventures Outside the Comfort Zone

The biggest mystery of American politics is why the media failed to take Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency seriously. A year ago he was a just a vulgar buffoon; now he is the presumptive nominee of the party of Lincoln, Eisenhower and...

Does 'Comprehensive Sex Ed' Rob Children of Innocence?

When it comes time to talk about the birds and bees to their kids, many parents go AWOL, leaving their sprogs to learn about the facts of life from TV, their friends and the internet. No one thinks that this is an ideal situation, so schools step in...

An Auschwitz Survivior's Search for Meaning

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Man’s Search for Meaning, one of the most powerful statements of human dignity written in the last century. The author was Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and a Jew, who...

Is conspicuous consumption the cause of plummeting birth rates?

Keeping up with the Jones can drive families into debt and make them envious and miserable. But it could also be an important driver of low fertility rates, according to a mathematical model developed by anthropologists and published in...

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