John Timpane, Ph.D.
John Timpane, Ph.D., is Commentary page editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He earned his doctorate in English and humanities from Stanford University and has taught at Lafayette College, Rutgers University, the University of Southampton, and Stanford. He is author or co-author of four books, including Usonia, New York: Building a Community With Frank Lloyd Wright (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and It Could be Verse: Anybody’s Guide to Poetry (Ten Speed Press, 1995) His scientific essays and articles have appeared in periodicals such as Scientific American and Science and his general-audience essays and reviews in newspapers such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, and Miami Herald.
Models for the Neuroethical Debate in the Community
A “deliberative” citizen-forum model, as opposed to debates, would be a powerful way to help non-scientists discover and consider the ethical issues and policy ramifications of the coming neuroscience revolution. Participants may then communicate the results of their deliberations, in the form of specific policy recommendations, to guide scientists in their research and political leaders in writing future laws concerning that research.