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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 be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
It feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
0
To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
A human is truly human when he follows God
yousap
- yousap, yousap
1
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
0
To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
0
Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
Roger Duronio
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
0
We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
0
Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
0
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
4
Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
0
To be human means that we are far more SUPERIOR then all other animals!!!
JAmEl McKiNnEy
- JAmEl McKiNnEy, Washington, DC
1
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
To me humans are creative and innovative. It is those qualities that separated us from other hominid species.
Natasha Zakin
- Natasha Zakin, SWW, DC
4
To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
0
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
0
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5