After teaching the thing I like most is writing books. But writing a book is a major project. It can take literally years of your life. You also have to be pretty much focussed on your book and able to forget everything else.
This is why I have – so far – written relatively few books. For 14 years I cared for my parents both of whom had dementia. Nothing like a bit of this for interfering with the plans you have for writing books. My Mum died in 2009. I wrote a book a year for the next three years!
Here are my current books. Clicking the thumbnail image will take you to a further description and a link from which you can buy the book:
This book will help you learn how to recognise, analyse and evaluate arguments. It will teach you the difference between induction and deduction. From it you will learn about common fallacies and how to avoid them. For the brave there are two chapters on formalising arguments and mechanically testing them.
This book will introduce you to the ethical and social issues that arise from the new biotechnology. Science has facilitated many types of action that are completely new. We can now clone mammals, genetically modify plants and animals, and transplant organs from animals to humans (to name just a few). But should we do these things? Should they be regulated by law or funded by the tax payer? Should we, as individuals, support or condemn them? This book contains lots of activities to stimulate readers’ intuitions and get them thinking about the issues.
Mum lived with me for the last five years of her life. It was not easy but it was the culmination of 14 years spent caring for my parents both of whom had dementia. During the time Mum lived with me I wrote a blog for Saga Magazine online. When Mum died I collected these blogs and added chapters on tips and advice on caring for someone with dementia. Readers have said this book makes them laugh and cry. I am very happy with that: laughing is important too.