As I said in the note about my retirement, I am now planning on becoming a full-time writer. So the question naturally arises as to what I am going to be writing about and what impact this will have on my blogging.
My first major writing project is going to a book about the nature of scientific knowledge. It will address the question of how we decide in science what is true and what is false or even if those words are applicable to scientific knowledge. Science is undoubtedly a very powerful and successful enterprise but what makes it so? The book will be aimed at the general public and try to clarify many of the misconceptions that surround these questions and attempt to counter the efforts by some to exploit those misconceptions to further narrow agendas that go against the public good.
These are questions that I have thought about a lot over the past decades and written about quite extensively, and indeed was the topic of my first book. But my thinking has evolved considerably since that first book (which I now find unsatisfactory) and I think I have something new to say. The book will span the history and philosophy and logic of science. It will naturally touch on the role of science vis a vis religion but that will not be its main focus.
I know that readers of this blog are very knowledgeable in these areas and I would welcome any suggestions for reading material. Basically, are there any books or articles that you think I must read if I am not to have overlooked some major development? Do not be concerned as to whether I am already familiar with it. Just list any books or articles whose absence in the bibliography would make you think my knowledge was incomplete.
As to the impact of retirement on my blog, that is hard to say right now. On the one hand, I have more time to write. On the other hand, writing is not something that can be done for hours on end. There seems to be just so much writing that one can do in a day and I will have to reserve most of my creative writing time for the book. So my plan is to begin each day with a few hours of book writing. Blogging will have to play second fiddle, to be done when I feel that I need a break from the book. How that will play out in terms of output will have to be seen though I hope to maintain the current level.
So please make your suggestions! And thanks.