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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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Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To be human means to bring about positive change with our large brain capacity and to help and love others
Madison
- Madison, British Columbia
0
Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
0
what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
0
we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
1
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
have more advanced cognitive skills able to reason
shania
- shania, washington state
0
Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
0
To be human is to ask the question, "What does it mean to be human?"
Alex
- Alex, Storrs, CT
1
To think beyond our current reality and ask where we came from, why we are here, and what the future holds.
Don Ranney
- Don Ranney, U Waterloo, Canada
0
Human is the only one who asks " where I am from and is there anything for me after I die ?. Answer - No...human is just space dust...
Behzad
- Behzad , Melbourne, Australia
0
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
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To be human is to seek understanding of our environment, our fellow man, and ourselves.
Kevin Borland
- Kevin Borland, Arlington, VA
0
Being human means living, communicating with others, and expressing your ideas.
Ani Dzhigneyan
- Ani Dzhigneyan, High Tech LA
0
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
Existence. No more. No less.
Anaximander
- Anaximander, America
0
To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
0
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 have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
0
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
We are artists. Whether we tell our story with words, paint or music, we want to understand and to be understood.
Darren Thompson
- Darren Thompson, Westerville, OH
5
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5