Three people from three eras in California history carry out their lives while sharing each other’s memories. With the context of experiencing different eras in human history informing their personal lives, these characters begin to rethink themselves in their world, and start to believe that they can change things from heading in a certain direction. A Chumash Native American in 1769 encounters the first Spanish exploration of central California. A civil war veteran deserts the confederacy to settle in California with his son. A marine biologist in 2043 believes she has the answers to stop climate change. Each of these unique individuals morph into one brain interpreting the complexities of human history and how it fits into natural history. Discerning Human addresses the fragile human mind when confronted with discouragement. How we look at history and science makes us who we are.
About the Author
I was born in Southern California, and never deviated from my lifetime goal of becoming a marine biologist. I'm a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in marine biology. I commit myself to research in the field, and have scuba dived in California, the Mediterranean, and Alaska, studying organisms like kelp, sharks, and moray eels. I'm dedicated to marine research as a lifestyle as much as a profession, and as a way of thinking about this beautiful and continually exploited planet. My partner Megan and I have worked together in the field for years, she is my inspiration. The ocean is a fundamental part of our world with so much yet to be explored. As a firm advocate of conservation, I've learned that research alone isn't enough. Sometimes the only thing that can change a person's mind is a good story.