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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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Keith Johnson
- Keith Johnson, Ft. Lauderdale
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Our ability to think of this answer. Our ability to lie, love, compare and contrast. To create and invent. To predict and preprepare.
Matt R
- Matt R, Hudson River Valley, NY
1
To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
0
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
To be human means to walk upright, to have our skeleton shape, being intelegent, andto be unique.
korey
- korey, springfield ma
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
0
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
0
To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
1
we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
1
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
0
To think and feel and then act. Often able to rise above those animal instincts we all possess.
Lacie
- Lacie, Idaho
0
To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
0
Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
0
Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
0
Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
0
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
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Being human is to constantly evolve and make sense of world around us in order to better his chances of survival.
Sadiq Shiakh
- Sadiq Shiakh, Hamilton Ontario Canada
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
5
To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
to know how to think and be able to change
maria
- maria, portugal
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
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 contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5