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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 ponder our very existence and to have the power of language and imagination.
Brent Vine
- Brent Vine, Portsmouth
0
To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
the combination of tools and fire and how our evolution was uniquely shaped by tools and fire
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
2
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To care for each other and the environment for the latter bonds us all.
Leonard C. Yannielli
- Leonard C. Yannielli, lewenhoek@sbcglobal.net
0
Make Mistakes. Learn. Enjoy.
Brittany
- Brittany, Ocean Shores, WA
4
Experiencing life in a way that allows us to create culture and adapt our environment to .our needs.
Daniel F. Giallombardo
- Daniel F. Giallombardo, Harvard, IL
0
To see in other people, thoughts and feeling just like our own.
Cole
- Cole, Abilene, TX
5
To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
0
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
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
To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
0
To explore macroscopic and microscopic, improve ourselves to the point war no longer exists.
Lee
- Lee, Florida
1
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
Anthony Z
- Anthony Z, Maryland
0
To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
0
A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
0
Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
Roger
- Roger, Montana
0
Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
0
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be a monkey with intellectual brain
Raimundo JR
- Raimundo JR, Afranio - PE - Brasil
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is to experiment in a cognitive sense and apply these ideas in the quest for survival. To learn and build on successful tasks.
George F. Ayers
- George F. Ayers, San Antonio, Texas
5
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
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
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5