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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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hunger for knowledge love family friends experience success self improvement caring wonder explore, & that special feeling in our soul
Randy
- Randy , Michigan
2
Humans can evaluate a situation, weight the pros and cons to make a decision rather than immediately act on pure instinct.
Christina
- Christina, Turnersville, NJ
1
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
1
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
0
Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
1
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
To be able to love, hate, forgive, imagine, invent, accomplish.
Anna
- Anna, Brazil
0
To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
1
It means you are self aware and that you can look for answers to the endless questions that life poses.
Linda Casebolt
- Linda Casebolt , Kansas City, Missouri
1
To be human, means that we are not perfect. We make mistakes, get hurt, mess up again and again. But that's what makes us human.
Lyssi
- Lyssi, Wisconsin
0
exhibiting an emergent behaviour that we would recognise as being human. This is really hard question
Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject
- Martin - about to start a PhD in this very subject, UK
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
Being human means to learn and experience reality and think how you can make it one step closer to perfection.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Anonymous
0
To be able to ask ourselves that question.
Katherine Laine
- Katherine Laine, Victoria, British Columbia
1
To teach... humans were among the first animals to teach their young rather than just show them so they could imitate.
Ra Amsler
- Ra Amsler, Vienna, VA
1
As humans, we have the ability to affect change in the world on a global scale through our knowledge and perception of the world around us.
Jennifer W
- Jennifer W, Museum of Natural History
0
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
Abstract thinking
Radu Mihai Turcu
- Radu Mihai Turcu, Bukarest , Romania
1
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
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
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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 have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5