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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 create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
0
Existence. No more. No less.
Anaximander
- Anaximander, America
0
What it means to be human is language.
Kelson
- Kelson, USA
0
To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
to be human is to be intelligent, to have a larger brain, to have sences, and to walk upright.
Alexzandria Mitchell
- Alexzandria Mitchell, Springfield Renaissance School, MA
0
Being human means being self-aware, thinking of oneself apart from his/her environment.
Arthur George
- Arthur George, Baltimore, MD
1
city floating in space as seen by hubble telescope
As J. MacArthur says: "be rational, relational and creative", and I say "so that we can purposefully work out our destiny".
Hamilton
- Hamilton, Panama
0
i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
0
To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
0
to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
Daniel Israel
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
0
To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
1
To be human means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
0
To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
1
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
that we can do whatever we want
joe
- joe , waterville
5
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
5
To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5