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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 be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
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To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
1
To be human is to have memories of stories from the past.
Gracie FLood
- Gracie FLood, Emmaus, PA, USA
0
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To wear clothes.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
1
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
0
To be a human is to become one, before you knew so...
Henny H
- Henny H, Indonesia
1
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
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
near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
0
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
ya got two legs and you walk about with starbucks
batman
- batman, gotham city
0
We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
0
Have opposable thumbs
Yo Mama
- Yo Mama, Yo Mama
0
To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
0
It means that you are able to communicate past unintelligible grunts and gurgles, also only species has its own stock market.
FrizzantE
- FrizzantE, Alberta
0
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
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
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
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5