About

What Do We Do?

We Lack Discipline is an organisation that aims to open up the doors to academic knowledge by finding new and exciting ways to present information from the academic world to just about any audience that might want it.

It is the baby of Karl Anthony Mercer, a bog-standard pauper who grew up with a curious mind, but not necessarily in an environment that could nurture it.

As a result the philosophy we have is that nobody should be wilfully left uninformed and everyone should have access, freely, to this knowledge.

Academia can be an intimidating place, and whilst there are many amazing people working in it there is still an unwelcome air to it for certain people. However it is also the gateway to not only the latest developments and understanding of the world around us, but an entire past’s worth.

We want to change the ways information is presented and create a space where good-faith, open dialogue is allowed, even if you feel unwelcome elsewhere.

Who Are We?

Currently We Lack Discipline operates with a skeleton staff of one.

We say a skeleton staff because poor Karl is working himself so hard that’s what he’s wasting away into.

Karl Anthony Mercer is a cross between a bum and a pen. As an unemployed autistic failure, he has an interest in everything but mastery of nothing. He sees himself as a Curious Idiot™ and desires to create an army of people who are just the same. His main passions are nature and biology, psychology, Roman history, and never having anything to do with mathematics. We Lack Discipline is sort of his idea.

Random Karl Fact: He once tried to study Natural Sciences but quickly found out he was neither natural, nor scientific.

Our Mission – Should we choose to accept it!

We Lack Discipline aims to promote more engagement with academic knowledge among lay persons, using a combination of demystification, humour, accountability, accessibility, and a promotion of the Curious Idiot™ identity.

It is our hope that we will create a less hostile atmosphere among academics towards communicating with the lay public, and a less hostile attitude from the lay public towards academics.

We are literally the worst, except at what we do.

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