The Great Human Dignity Heist
How bioethicists are trashing the foundations of Western civilization.
Paperback, 254 pages
The Great Human Dignity Heist is a collection of prickly, sceptical comments on euthanasia, abortion, IVF, stem-cell research, torture, and other 21st Century bioethical quandaries. After reading this sparkling anthology you’ll never again genuflect before the humbug of pretentious academics.
Anyone interested in what is happening in our 21st Century “moral ecosystem” – and that should be everyone – must read this book. The Great Human Dignity Heist will also give you an unlimited scope of stunning dinner party contributions, with topics ranging from what “common humanity” requires of each of us and how we might find meaning in suffering, to the ethics of torture and cannibalism.
-- Margaret Somerville, Professor of Bioethics, University of Notre Dame Australia
These cogent essays are written in a persuasive and easily understandable manner, preparing readers to become active participants in society’s most important public policy debates and, in the process, more engaged in decision making about their own medical care. Highly recommended.
-- Wesley J. Smith, author of Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine and Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die.
As an academic British bioethicist, I am not the most obvious cheerleader for this book by a forthright Aussie journalist who considers my profession to be trashing civilization. However, I think he has a point – and makes it with such humour, candour and journalistic flair that it has lured even me from my ivory tower to say so.
-- Trevor Stammers, Editor of The New Bioethics
The Great Human Dignity Heist is a full-frontal attack on mainstream bioethics. Michael Cook’s well-written polemics are often infuriating, typically wrong, but also a challenging read worth your time.
-- Udo Schuklenk, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Bioethics and Developing World Bioethics
Michael Cook is the editor of BioEdge, a newsletter about bioethics, and MercatorNet, an online magazine with a focus on human dignity. He also writes a bioethics column for Australasian Science. He is based in Sydney.