Informal Session: The Experiential Roots of Mana
Organizer: Mimi George
Saturday, February 11, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Orchid 2
Picking up on last year and returning again as an informal session, participants seek to explore a number of issues, including: What it means to have an experience, or to describe an experience, of mana. Various ways to frame the subject were explored. How to describe something that is felt or experienced or known. How to experience something that cannot be seen or heard, quantified, or captured like a physical entity, and yet which is experienced as real, or that is a phenomena with power greater than that of an individual. How to make descriptions of mana experiences scientifically useful. We anticipate papers will stimulate a lively discussion of the role of ascription, beliefs in intentionally controlling forces, the need to understand the contexts of processes and relationships involved in such experiences, possible differences in the experiences of skeptics and believers, issues of authenticity and the advantages of, and problems with, describing the exotic by way of the familiar.
For more information, please contact the organizer.
Marianne (Mimi) George, Vaka Taumaka Project