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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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Our need to understand our enviroment and the world around us.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle , Washington DC
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Being human means taking a responsibility of what we have done and to help the other species on the planet, because we were once like them.
Charlie
- Charlie, Connecticut
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To have a soul.
John
- John, Wherever Jesus is
1
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
To communicate with others, feel emotions, work together with our differences, explore, be innovative, & change the world.
Sarah
- Sarah, Portland, OR
0
To be able to love, hate, forgive, imagine, invent, accomplish.
Anna
- Anna, Brazil
0
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
0
i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
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
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
0
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
it means that you walk on two feet you have a bigger brain than any other animal we can communicate in some way we have emotions
Peter Skutt
- Peter Skutt, portland OR
0
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
0
It means you can have success and bad mistakes
Holden
- Holden, Portland
0
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
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 practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5