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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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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
4
to be human is to have the ability to self reflect
Kelly Madison
- Kelly Madison, Madison NJ
0
It means to live love laugh, have faith, and do your best, you only have one life to live that God Blessed you with, make the best of it.
Jennifer Rose
- Jennifer Rose, Florida
0
To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
0
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
0
To believe in right versus wrong, that is correct, but it does not mean that we, as humans, always do what is right.
Ashvini
- Ashvini, Illinois
3
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
0
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
A human is anyone who is a member of the Homo genus regardless of any other factors.
Mark
- Mark, Raleigh
0
To be human is to be made in the image of God.
Bryan
- Bryan, Tennessee
1
We are but one of many known and unknown species. Created from an ongoing process enabled by earth's position relative to our star sun.
JW
- JW, Salt Lake City, Utah
4
Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
0
The Horse Head Nebula in red light, young bright stars being born.
To be human is to wonder what's around the next hill, or beyond the furthest star. And not to rest until you know.
Steve White
- Steve White, Indiana
1
To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, marikochrista28@yahoo.com
0
To think about our choices.
Mark T.
- Mark T., Worcester, MA
1
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
To understand science.
Laura
- Laura, WDC
5
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
Being human being smart, We aren't tougher then other animals. Without tools, symbolic language, way of thinking ect. we would've died out.
Daniel Joseph Marchand
- Daniel Joseph Marchand, Waterville, ME
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5