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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 have warm blood, skin over shell, hair over fur, two legs over four, an intelligent brain over just instinct.
Norma
- Norma, Texas
1
We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
0
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
0
To be human is to be curious, smart, and above all able to communicate.
Jacob
- Jacob, Portland, OR
0
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
0
To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
0
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
1
it means that we are more advanced than monkeys
clorissa
- clorissa, new jersey
0
To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
0
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
To seek the truth and to try to skeptically verify it.and the perfect way to do it is by to use science.
Mourad
- Mourad, Morocco
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5