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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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being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
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it means to be exproring the world and find diffrent parts of the world we never saw before
kanani
- kanani, Fontana CA
0
It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
almjr
- almjr, Florida, US
0
To try and understand
Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
1
There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
0
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
A sense of mortality. No other animal is aware of it and this inescapable fact has shaped everything in our lives.
Mikey m
- Mikey m , Rochester new york
1
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
0
Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
0
Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
0
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
To be conscious of our consciousness
Arthur Frank
- Arthur Frank, Amsterdam
4
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5
To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
3
to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
0
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
Never give up searching for truth through science.
Luciano Otero
- Luciano Otero, Brazil
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5