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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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To be curious in everything you encounter and never stop looking for answers.
Ann M
- Ann M, New York
0
Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
4
To be human it means to be able to walk up right and communicate with others and to have developed brains.
Trevor
- Trevor , Woodburn High School
0
To be an incredible step in this universes attempt to understand itself
Joshua Jones
- Joshua Jones, Portland, ME
0
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To Think and shape the world around us.
Jason
- Jason, Tucson
0
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To look back upon our past actions and explore where we came from, to ask questions , to be skeptical, and most of all be loving and caring
Drew M.
- Drew M., Rockville, MD
0
To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
0
Being curious about the universe, our creator and how we are formed billion years ago.
Curiosity
- Curiosity , Milky Way
0
Being human is to be able to interact with each other, to live beyond basic survival, and to be able to harness the resources around us.
Tyler
- Tyler, Portland
0
we are asking this Q to our self, this level of thinking is something special of being human.
phadke
- phadke, India
0
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
It means that we will be replaced by more intelligent beings
Some1
- Some1, Netherlands
0
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
1
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
Josh
- Josh, California
0
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
to cry for something you have lost
Anne Meyer
- Anne Meyer, Sweetwater Tennessee
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
Bipedalism, and non honing canine
Symone Caldwell
- Symone Caldwell, Logan, Utah
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5