Michael Cook

Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia. Currently he is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science and contributes occasional op-ed pieces to newspapers and websites in the US, UK and Australia.



Is euthanasia an essential service?
30 Mar 2020 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: Andrew Cuomo, Canada, coronavirus, euthanasia
Some Canadian doctors believe that it is, despite the pandemic


Thank God for politicians! The good ones, that is
27 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: COVID-9, elder care, Spain
Because the Covid-19 crisis shows how much damage the bad ones will do


The twisted optimism of the miserabilists
23 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: assisted suicide, climate change, coronavirus, eugenics
The coronavirus pandemic prompts some peculiar reactions


Coronavirus reading: ‘In spite of everything, say Yes to life’
20 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: coronavirus, coronavirus reading, meaning of life, reading lists
What better time than now to remember the great therapist Viktor Frankl?


The endless ingenuity of the P.T. Barnum of assisted suicide
18 Mar 2020 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, Philip Nitschke
Inspired by the adventures of a South Korean spy, he has invented a new device


We are not making this up
17 Mar 2020 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: bioethics, same-sex marriage, surrogacy
A weird and well-known gay family in Florida gets even weirder


Lessons from a global healthquake
16 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: coronavirus
Some questions that we should ponder calmly when the pandemic has abated


A high tide for utilitarianism with the coronavirus pandemic
16 Mar 2020 | CAREFUL! |  
tags: assisted suicide, bioethics, coronavirus, medical ethics, utilitarianism
Two Scottish academics back assisted dying as a cost-saving measure


Living with Covid-19
11 Mar 2020 | CONNIPTIONS |  
Why is Africa doing so well, all things considered?


After ‘effective altruism’
11 Mar 2020 | FEATURES |  
tags: Christianity, effective altruism, Peter Singer, secularization
Peter Singer’s ideas about philanthropy owe a lot to Christianity


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