About Discover Earth

Hey, welcome to Discover Earth.

This app has its origins in a pseudo-psychedelic experience that made me realise that there are radically different ways of seeing the world.

For an incredible few hours, everywhere I looked there was something with unfathomable complexity that Iโ€™d never noticed before.

Every leaf was a miracle, coordinating millions of cells in a delicate chemical mechanism more complex than anything weโ€™ve ever engineered, despite being made out of just dirt and air.

On the ground a line of ants strolled past, like a miniature civilization going about its business right under my feet.

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Above my head the atmosphere rolled over the city landscape like an endless ocean made out of gas.

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I was raptured with wonder from every single aspect of the world. I later found a quote that resonated with me down to my bones:

โ€œThe proper response to reality is astonishment.โ€
– Terence McKenna

When the effects subsided, I was determined to understand this new perspective, and to build something that could approximate it.

Iโ€™ve always loved science and saw it as one of our best gateways to understanding the universe. So I made the Big Ideas Network, a blog that simply explains the theories that reveal the most about our complex universe.

I soon found that it appealed to the rational, problem-solving part of my brain. But it had no appeal for the ancient visual and emotional parts.

So I followed it up with Didnโ€™t Know That Existed, a very short blog about the hidden and incredible animals, places, and things that exist in our world. It tries to capture the sense of wonder that an old-time explorer might have felt when discovering some new animal or artifact unknown to his civilisation.

Discover Earth became the feed that tied them together, and mixed them with content from across the internet through an app and community.

It should tick a lot of boxes in showing you the incredible wonder and mystery thatโ€™s hidden in our world, both under your feet and in places you’ve never been.

P.S. If youโ€™re curious about the pseudo-psychedelic experience that started it all, check out the Japanese concepts Yลซgen and Kenshล, Aldous Huxleyโ€™s Mind at Large, Stanislaf Grovโ€™s Holotrophic State, and the essay The Last Messiah.

Love you guys.

Ben McCarthy
Discover Earth Founder