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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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freedom to determine and manipulate nature according to the will, since man was born to think
nijoe
- nijoe, malang
5
to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
1
To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
0
to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
0
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
0
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
0
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
0
TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
0
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
0
To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
0
The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
Being a living, talking, and intelligent being.
emily
- emily, virginia
0
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
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5
To be human means that we have the willpower to decide, emotions, and knowledge.
Jeniffer and Jalinh
- Jeniffer and Jalinh, Maryland
0
We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
0
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
0
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
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
To be Human is to ask: "What does it mean to be Human?"
Rui Constantino
- Rui Constantino, Faro, Algarve, Portugal
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
The ability to share and preserve knowledge.
Ray Hanchett
- Ray Hanchett, Springfield, Missouri
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
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
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
5
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5