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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 deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
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
To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
0
Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
0
to be human means to reproduce and pass on adaptations and gene mutations to later generations in an ongoing effort to improve our species
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , north carolina
0
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To be human is to display self control, personality, originality, and intelligence. Humans are the craft of the world TO craft the world.
Theresa Adame
- Theresa Adame, Richfield, UT
0
To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
0
i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
0
To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
3
To be capable of the best and the worst...self sacrificing altruism, and murderous contempt.
Stacey
- Stacey, Maryland
1
To grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
0
Being a human means being able to dominate the animal kingdom and to be the top of the food chain.
marty
- marty, washington dc
0
We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
0
To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
0
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
I believe that human life is like any other species, we are all just enlonged lived bored, tired, and insane. You are a homo sapien.
R.D Emmy
- R.D Emmy, America
0
To be human means to belong to the Homo sapiens species, although not always we are wise.
Carla Mello
- Carla Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
1
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
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Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
To be human means to be able to communicate, have the ability to make tools that are used to affect the environment, and think.
Betsy Dennis
- Betsy Dennis, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5