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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 have the ability to make social and emotional bonds.
Melody
- Melody, Los Angeles, USA
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Being human means to live life with food,clothes, and a shelter
Thierno Barry
- Thierno Barry, New York
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To be human is to ask, "What does it mean to be human?"
Tom
- Tom, Memphis, TN
1
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
1
Having the desire to understand the world around us
Beau
- Beau, Auburn, AL
0
For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
0
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
0
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5
I think being human means to fulfill one's passions and goals in life.
Haylee
- Haylee, California
0
It means being able to peek into the source code of life.
Giulia O.
- Giulia O., Ferrara, Italy
1
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
To have free will.
Terence
- Terence, NYC
0
To live a life, to make friends, to love one another and to have ups and downs.
Isabela, age 8
- Isabela, age 8, New York
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
5
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
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5