In short, Timothy Ferris explains with lengthy reasoning, when and how reading is beneficial. Ferris explains that in order to write competently, you must know what you're writing about. Regardelss of what you are publishing, you must be aware of the topic. Additionally, Ferris makes a point that you don't just learn, you also create.
Timothy Ferris demonstrates the importance of a powerful subject, using the example of science. Ferris continues to ramble about his subject, showing that he is aware of his topic. He ends his paper with the following statement:
"Science writing may seem daunting, but you're going to fill that blank page with something: Why not make it something that's not just beautiful, but also true?"