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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 walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
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To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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to still be animal, but stand out among them.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
4
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
ya got two legs and you walk about with starbucks
batman
- batman, gotham city
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We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
1
The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
0
to make life more complicated
justin credible
- justin credible , your mom's
0
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 part of a species that has developed a sense of purpose and direction, but to largely not recognize that those are misplaced.
Dave Nug McKay
- Dave Nug McKay, Australia
0
To live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
1
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
0
It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
5
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
0
The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
Rin
- Rin, London
4
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
To be human is to be able to control your actions and desires to yearn certain things.
Sha'Lynn Howard
- Sha'Lynn Howard, springfield, Massachusetts
0
To be able to make your own decisions and make decisions that aren't primarily based on survival.
Adam
- Adam, Loughborough
0
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
We are all colonies of life, indelibly connected to this world. To be human is an illusion, for we are merely a transition.
Cormac Nolan
- Cormac Nolan, York, UK
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5