We inhabit a planet in the universe that is brimming with strange and incredible things, like a real-life Wonderland.

But over time the excitement of discovery tends to fade, and by some alchemy the miraculous becomes mundane.

Discover Earth is a place to rediscover the wonders of nature, space, and our modern world that have always been there – and which are often more spectacular, complex, and beautiful than we could have ever imagined.

Our Story

My name is Ben McCarthy and I’m the founder of discover.earth and author of The Big Ideas Network.

A few years ago I had a psychedelic experience which was one of the most influential moments in my life.

Every leaf became a miracle, coordinating millions of cells in a delicate chemical mechanism more complex than anything we’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.


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


Every single thing around me had a depth of complexity and beauty that I had never seen before. I later found a quote that resonated with me down to my bones:

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

I was determined to build something that could grasp this new perspective and bring it in to day-to-day life for myself and others.

Philosophy and science are how we examine and come to understand our universe, so I’ve been writing The Big Ideas Network blog to learn more about them in public.

Then I built an app where anyone can curate the world’s photos, videos, and art that shows the visual wonders of our universe in a social-media style feed.

Next up was a chat room and discussion forum where people can share their stories, adventures, trips, and thoughts.

Discover Earth is the brand that wraps them all together. Make sure to drop in, and tell us about your own discoveries about the universe.

Love you guys, Ben