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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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Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
0
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Empathy, and the ability to learn - and pass on that learning.
Estelle
- Estelle, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK
0
To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
Hal M.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
0
We are the only species that is able to destroy, repair and construct any other species and or its habitat.
Morgan
- Morgan, Astoria OR
0
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
To understand our place locally on earth
Nick
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
0
It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
0
Can't choose to be human, but can stop being one or make most of the condition imposed by evolution and become evolution itself for future.
vijay
- vijay, irving,TX
0
To have a brain capacity capable of emotion and creative thought.
Shannon
- Shannon, Connecticut
0
It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
1
It means you live a life differently than others you live in gods creation and appreciate all you have.
NO NAME
- NO NAME, Salina KS
1
To dream and be more than we are today in the future. To love eachother and to laugh. To design to meet human needs, wants and desires.
Carolynne
- Carolynne, Melbourne, Australia
0
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
0
Being Human is about the learning of intellect, and evolving our intelligence
Sarah Woodin
- Sarah Woodin, Woodbridge, Va
1
I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
0
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
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 have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5