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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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We have an innate drive to follow our intellect, will, and passions.
Holly
- Holly, USA
0
Nothing more than a single step in a journey that is a billion years long.
William
- William, Jax, FL
1
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
0
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
TO understand we are not alone. To share this planet.
Sabaa
- Sabaa, Tanzania
4
Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
0
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
Brittany M.L
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
0
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
Many People,different ages ,all smiling
Being human,Hmm...To love and grow to adulthood and have an education to listen and have a social comunity
Daphne
- Daphne, Woodbridge,Virginia
0
To care for creature around us and respect ourselves for who we are
Jai Sikka
- Jai Sikka, Birmingham,Uk
0
opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
0
To be human is to have feelings such as being happy or sad and also to find out what it means to be a human as you live your life
noemi healy
- noemi healy, washington, dc
0
to be human is to be self aware of yourself and the role you play in the lives of others and in the universe.
Maddy
- Maddy , San Diego
0
It means to have a relatively advanced brain, and the abilities to interact socially and to evolve based on the surrounding environment.
Iman
- Iman, Portland, OR
0
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
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
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
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
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
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
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 have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5