LAYMN is a science education platform. We exist for a single and timeless purpose – to reveal your innate abilities and hone them to the highest degree. Now, what you do with it after that is entirely up to you. If you want to take over the world, we don’t teach that, but give it a go.1*Gamble, S. McNamara, J. & Grossman, L. (Writer), & Cahill, M. (Director). (2016, May 5). Unauthorized Magic. [Television series episode] Mitch Engel (Producer), The Magicians. SyFy
Put another way, LAYMN is about creating a research informed environment to nurture individual growth. For instance, did you know exercise may enhance cognitive functioning for up to 120 minutes, literally making us the best version of ourselves? 2Basso, J. C., & Suzuki, W. A. (2017). The effects of acute exercise on mood, cognition, neurophysiology, and neurochemical pathways: a review. Brain Plasticity, 2(2), 127-152.
Our Scientific Worldview
We start by recognizing that absolute truths are in short supply. As science philosopher Karl Popper wrote in The Logic of Scientific Discovery:3Popper, K. (2005). The logic of scientific discovery. Routledge
…no matter how many instances of white swans we may have observed, this does not justify the conclusion that all swans are white.”
However, some conclusions are less uncertain. The world might seem chaotic, but it most likely follows the patterns of scientific laws. At LAYMN we focus on these hypothesized cause and effect relationships to build a useful scaffolding to inform our every day decision making.
That means LAYMN aims to be a functionally useful body of knowledge.
Furthermore, perhaps this is where we should say that we rely on reputable science journals and peer-reviewed research.
Authority and consensus are heuristics, not definitive proof of the validity of an idea. We, therefore, also aim to teach the tools neccessary for scientific thinking. So our readers can make the best decision for themselves. But of course, there is a spectrum of authority and expertise: if push comes to shove we should listen to a group of scientists rather than a group of non-experts.
Mistakes, flaws and errors in LAYMN
Please let us know via the contact form or the comment section under the corresponding article. We expect to make mistakes and we hope people find them! Even if you are not sure if it is a mistake (of any size), let us know. Multiple perspectives are better than one. We want this website to be as accurate of a resource as possible.
Above all we want you to know this. The above description is the ideal we strive for, and we maintain our right to change our mind. Remain sceptical, focus on the strength of the argument and always ask for proof. Better yet, verify it for yourself.
About Siim Andres
In my early 20s I did a stint studying chemistry and computer engineering. In those years I was active in various entrepreneur communities looking for something I could build. Until finally at 25, I dropped out of computer engineering, got a job, and built my business in online publishing.
In the first three years of running the business, and reading some great books on science, it dawned on me that science had to become a larger part of my life. I had an idea. But I still needed to know more. I enrolled in the University of Tartu, and am currently getting my MA in Clinical Psychology. In 2020, I started the website that you are currently reading.