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, he co-authored the first college level environmental science textbook in North America, followed by 35 additional texts.

At the same time, he kayaked around Cape Horn, across the North Pacific from Japan to Alaska, and around Ellesmere Island.

During extended travel in northeast Siberia, his worldview was altered by Moolynaut, a Siberian shaman, and his later books reflect these spiritual journeys, supported by adventure storytelling, and integrated with an anthropological view of the role of art and mythology in human development.

He is the author of the new book tracking lions: Myth and Wilderness in Samburu

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Show Notes:

Jon’s transition from a scientist to explorer
Surviving the failures from his first adventures
The story of the Siberian Shaman
What is power and where does it come from?
How Moolynaut healed him
A stick to track a lion
“If you lose the magic in your life you lose your power”
The power of getting into the “NOW”
Why each journey is unique
How the government realized that old tricks of tribalism can be used to manipulate
The Warrior spirit
Courage – the willingness to accept death
The Morani Warriors
The genocide of the village
How words can be twisted
“Why you can’t expunge evil from the world but you can from yourself” Jon Turk
Our basic human function

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