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Submit Your Response to "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"

The Human Origins Initiative wants to know what YOU think it means to be human! Submit your response, and it may be featured on this website or in our exhibition.

Responses seen here come both from this website and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. We have had a wonderful outpouring of responses to this question, and we cannot feature every answer. Each time you visit this page, a different set of answers will be featured on the first page.

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Being human means to simply feel, imagine, and grow.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, USA
3
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
0
To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
2
Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
0
it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
0
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
To be human is different from being a person, being human is based on the shared and differing anatomical characteristics.
AnthroArch
- AnthroArch, Brighton
0
There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
2
To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
1
It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
0
To be human is to be obligated, as the most intelligent species, to take care of the planet and it's other inhabitants.
Chloe Lopez
- Chloe Lopez, Gainesville, Florida
0
Being human means developing complex cultures, religion, and being bipedal which gives room for a complex brain structure.
Kristopher Krohn
- Kristopher Krohn, Mesa, Arizona
0
Being human means that you have a lot of responsibility. It also means that you have to do a lot of work in order to be successful in life.
Tyrin H.
- Tyrin H., Roosevelt High School
0
To understand how things work and to love.
Stefan
- Stefan, Bucharest
2
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
0
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
Jack
- Jack, PA
0
Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
0
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5