Sarina Hannon

Forest Lake, MN, United States

About Sarina

Bio

"When impulse and spontaneity fail to make my way uneven then I shall sit up nights inventing means of making my life as conglomerate and vivid as possible…. And when my time comes to die, I’ll be able to die happy, for I will have done and seen and heard and experienced all the joy, pain and thrills—any emotion that any human ever had—and I’ll be especially happy if I am spared a stupid, common death in bed…"-Richard Halliburton

Toys ages 2+ still reside in my backpack. Notes and quotes cover my walls. Philosophical conversations and temerity, baby!! =T

I consider myself a serious possiblist. I plan to rewrite my life more often than I update this page. I love talking to people. I take listening seriously. I believe Wikipedia is the blueprint for the future. I enjoy spontaneity. My ongoing goals: attain fearlessness, become a better leader, listen more fully, love more, and unbalance my life into an inertia-less anteater dance.

Languages

English, Spanish

An idea worth spreading

I want to combine neuroscience and cognitive science with social networking.

I'm passionate about

Understanding happiness. Empathy. Failing REALLY well. Social evolution

Talk to me about

Your passions. Life questions. I would appreciate anything controversial and intelligent.

My TED story

Who watches TV anymore? I watch TED! Here is my pact- TED Conference 2020. I'm going to be there.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
What's one lesson you find super compelling?
I'm not so sure about this study. Niceness of a car is really a show of wealth. Maybe it is better explained by narcissism, or the need to show you are 'better' than someone else. The second part, about watching the kids with cancer may be explained by a difference in dealing with conflict. Perhaps they are more pragmatic, instead of empathetic. That doesn't necessarily mean they care less. I'm not saying it isn't accurate, but I'm not totally convinced by this. It is interesting though :)
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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
Are children ready to make decisions like adults?
I would say some certainly can. From the age of 11 I don't think my decision making has changed very much. In fact I would trust my young self with most all of my adult decisions. I would venture that given responsibility, people will rise to the occasion.
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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
Is History an important subject in school? Or should we be focusing on the future?
I think history is presented wrong. 90% of it is dates and titles in most schools. This to me is 100% useless. In good history, you could change all the dates, and all the names and it would be just as useful and interesting. Why? because it teaches a lesson. It shows a discovery. When I was in history class, I would take a boring sentence out of my textbook and go to my dad. He would say something like "That's ALL they said??" and he would toss away the textbook and give me context. He would tell me about what people expected would happen, why they believed what they believed, and how their perceptions were changed, how they felt. Who was starving and who empowered them. He would talk about what made these people famous, how they came to power, how they were thrown down from power. Going into school I was astounded to hear these vibrant incredible people consolidated into names and dates. History is a predictor, but only if you learn it in a way that means something to you in your context. tl;dr It is very useful, but only if done right, in a way that is applicable to the future.
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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
Does society need more interdisciplinary work? Or more well-rounded individuals working together?
My grandfather used to joke 'we are becoming more and more specialized. It used to be that everyone had to know a little bit of everything. Then people began to know more and more about narrower and narrower fields. Soon people will know everything about nothing.' not sure where he got that, but I like it :) I like the interdisciplinary. I have never understood why specialists stay around specialists who are like them. Making new ideas from old ones works like evolution. It happens faster when you have diversity in the gene pool! That's my opinion. Woo!
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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
Deception in Dating and Relationships
I am extremely good at games. haha :) I don't play them because I don't believe in them. I don't like the seriousness and the meanness of most of these 'games.' They are literally trying to trick, not like a magic show where you suspend reality... just a person bending reality without your permission. These games are at your expense. Duping someone or being duped gives a very visceral sense of where the power lies. There is the principle of power and sexuality. It could explain a lot, but I don't know much about it to be honest. I do think there are other types of games. One person I dated would lie to me about unimportant things (tell me his birthday was one date, and later say it was another), and it literally was a game. He did not have anything to gain, and he liked when I figured him out, and I liked when he tricked me. I'm sure other people have similar games with different parameters that are not REALLY meant to be deceptive. Then again, some people like any and all games just for the challenge.
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Sarina Hannon
Posted over 2 years ago
Can we "engineer" our own interests through repeated exposure?
I have tried to engineer my interests, and have done quite a bit of experimentation which eventually totally worked. Best result: finding someone who loves whatever it is I want to love, and just talking with them about it! I would inevitably start to share their perspective. And really it stuck! I had no desire to go back to my original opinion. In that sense it was a very 'one person only, one event' type of thing. (What didn't work: repeat exposure, talking to someone who was really good at it but didn't love it. It sometimes worked to just put a good effort into liking it. ie smiling while I was doing it, being optimistic, looking for good things etc)