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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 able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
0
to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
4
frighteningly flexible
ug
- ug, ugville
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Spirituality separates us from other animals.Maybe the first concept of the bible,of knowing right from wrong.
Michael Shannon
- Michael Shannon, Chesterfield ,S.C
0
Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
0
To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
0
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
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
to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
0
It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
0
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
somthing smarter than other living things
xzaviah
- xzaviah , york,pa
1
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
To have the ability to act on something other than instinct and choosing to do so.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, California
1
Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
Nicole Han
- Nicole Han, California
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
Los Angeles
- Los Angeles , CA
0
Existence. No more. No less.
Anaximander
- Anaximander, America
0
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
Scientifically, human beings are the most complex structures of biodiversity. From DNA to an organism, every discovery is always a marvel.
Vishnu Priya P L
- Vishnu Priya P L, Manchester, CT
0
what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
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
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
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 lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
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
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5