About Discover Earth

Hey guys,

My name is Ben McCarthy, I’m the creator of Discover Earth.

A few years ago I had an experience that completely changed how I saw the world. Without giving too many details of how it happened, suddenly everywhere I looked there was something with unfathomable complexity that I’d never noticed before.

Every leaf was a miracle, coordinating millions of cells in a delicate mechanism that’s more complex than anything created by people, and it’s made out of dirt and air.

On the ground a line of ants strolled past, each one on a mission that has nothing to do with people. It was a separate civilization in minature going about its business right under my feet.

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

“The proper response to reality is astonishment.”
-Terence McKenna

I felt this down to my bones. When I came back to reality, I decided that I wanted to learn as much as I could about the big picture of the universe.

I created the Big Ideas Network, a blog about the most essential ideas in science that reveal the complexity of our universe. Then Didn’t Know That Existed, a blog about incredible animals, places, and things.

To tie them together I madeΒ Discover Earth, which has become a community as well as a media company that aims to show the wonder and mystery that’s hidden in every inch of our planet.

If you’re curious and want to know more, check out Aldous Huxley’s Mind at Large, Stanislaf Grov’s Holotrophic State, The Overview Effect, Pantheism, and the Absolute.

Love you guys
Ben