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

Is Europe dying?

More people in Europe are dying than are being born, according to a new report in a major demography journal, Population and Development Review. In contrast, births exceed deaths, by significant margins, in the United States, with few exceptions...

Is ISIS an ‘existential threat’?

What is the greatest existential threat to world security? The Islamic State? This month, yes. But back in July, the incoming chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Congressional committee that it was Russia. "If you want to talk about a...

Fearsome threats

At least 129 people have died after coordinated attacks on several venues in Paris. President Hollande has declared a state of emergency, imposed border controls and called out hundreds of troops. ISIS has proudly taken responsibility for the...

Polygamists Sue to Have Their ‘Marriages’ Recognised

It didn’t take long. Within weeks of the US Supreme Court decision to legalise same-sex marriage, polygamous families have sued to have their own relationships recognised as marriages. Kody Brown and his four wives are the stars of Sister Wives...

Do they really need all those gadgets?

The video above, with English kids talking about how their parents use their electronic devices, is either hilarious or terrifying, depending on your point of view. Based on these conversations, market researchers for Start-rite, a British...

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