Jon Turk

Jon Turk earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1971 and was nominated by National Geographic as one of the Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012. Between these bookends, Jon has written 30 environmental science textbooks, has kayaked around Cape Horn and across the North Pacific, mountain biked across the northern Gobi and made numerous first ski descents and first rock climbing ascents around the globe. During extended travel in northeast Siberia, Jon’s worldview was altered by Moolynaut, a Siberian shaman, and his later books reflect these spiritual journeys. Jon has published four books about these adventures: Cold Oceans (HarperCollins), In the Wake of the Jomon (McGraw Hill), The Raven’s Gift (St Martin’s Press) and Crocodiles and Ice (Oolichan Press).

Deep Wild vs Modern Tribalism

Around 70,000 years ago, in the early pre-history of humankind, extreme and prolonged drought in East Africa reduced the population of Homo sapiens to near extinction. In Deep Wild vs Modern Tribalism, Jon Turk draws from history and his own explorations in remote corners of the globe, to understand how our intimate knowledge of the environment, combined with ceremony, and mythology gave us the cutting edge to thrive … And how these fundamental survival instincts have been distorted by 21st Century tribalism into hatred, racism, and warfare.

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