- John Phillips is Professor of Sociology, University of the Pacific,
- John had known of John Muir from his California childhood. A casual
reading of Muir's, The
Yosemite led John to seek out some
of the sights and activities (big and small) that Muir wrote about,
and to share these with others.
John says that Muir's
biggest influence "may be a wish to put on boots and ascend to the sublime
sights, and ordinary, everyday sights, that are so plentiful
everywhere. Or it may be to do my small part to preserve, protect and
enjoy the beauty of this earth."
- John volunteers
every year as a host at the LeConte
Memorial Lodge in Yosemite Valley.
He serves on the Sierra Club's Leconte Memorial Committee. John is
a steady, loyal member of Restore
Hetch Hetchy. (No surprise,
given Muir's impassioned plea for the preservation of that valley!)
- John says that
what he most appreciates about about Muir is that "Muir was so very
energetic in his exploration of the mountains, and the whole world.
He sought to enjoy nature, to understand it and to share his love
and knowledge with whoever was willing to listen--and some who were
NOT willing to listen!"
- John holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon. He is,
by trade, a Criminologist.
- John has written one book, "The Sociology of Sport." Yes,
some of Muir's thinking was woven into the book. While Criminology and
Sport are not natural places to discuss Muir's thinking, John has discussed
at Sociology conventions Muir's energetic gathering of facts and his
efforts to interpret those facts as a model of a good scientist.
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