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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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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
To be able to make your own decisions and make decisions that aren't primarily based on survival.
Adam
- Adam, Loughborough
0
To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
0
To be human is to be complex, to think to your full capacity, to strive to be the best, and to make a change to the world we live in.
Morgan
- Morgan , New Braunfels, Tx
0
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To be human is to be a highly adaptable intelligent and self aware hominid.
Xander
- Xander, California
0
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
4
Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
2
Thinking, speaking, emotions.
Sandra
- Sandra, Colorado
0
consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
0
Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
1
It feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
0
To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
2
Increase of information storage. Forces-maybe toolmaking-pushed for larger brain,hand, not being sea creatures all gelled into humans.
Gary Samuel
- Gary Samuel, Columbia, Maryland, USA
0
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
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
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5