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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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The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
to be human is to be able to walk on two feet
martin
- martin, springfield, ma
0
To have the ability to ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
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the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
1
To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
0
Humans are cool and unique
dave
- dave, Victoria, Australia
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Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
0
To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
0
To err.
William O'Reilly
- William O'Reilly, NY
0
A human being looks like you; has some of the same features as you; has something in common with you.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
0
Keeping other species from extinction.
Alan
- Alan, Tampa FL USA
0
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
0
Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
0
There is no answer, only the Question. To be what is asked and to seek it.
Eric Garrett
- Eric Garrett, Columbus, Ohio
0
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
We scream when we see big spiders!
Rachel Gomez
- Rachel Gomez, Annandale VA
5