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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 be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
Humans make fire and cook food. Made all the difference in human evolution.
Glenn
- Glenn, San Diego
0
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
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
To be human is to live, to learn and to care, expressing ourselves and searching for truth
Carlos Costa Cox
- Carlos Costa Cox, Brazil
1
To be human is to be aware. To be more than what our instincts calls us to do. To be able to feel a wide range of emotions and have dreams.
Carl Victor Salazar
- Carl Victor Salazar, Bergenfield, NJ
0
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
5
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
0
To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
0
It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
1
It means to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
1
To have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
0
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
COEXISTENCE NATURALISM VIA BEHAVIORAL ADEQUATENESS VIA COGNITIVE DECISIVENESS FROM PERCEPTIONAL PROCESSES OF SURROUNDINGS.
Jeremy Lee Gray
- Jeremy Lee Gray, Anthem, Arizona, U.S.A.
0
The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
Patricia Lee
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
0
To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
1
to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
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
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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 have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5