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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 Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
1
Being human means being an example of the brightest species Earth has to offer, which is a sad disappointment to the rest of the Universe.
Runo
- Runo, East Coast, USA
0
To be human is to have many flaws but to learn and grow from our mistakes.
Kyla Vigdor
- Kyla Vigdor, Washington DC
0
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
No clue
John
- John, Lol
0
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
Faith and the reason to become a better person each new day.
Valeria Acosta
- Valeria Acosta, Puerto Rico
0
tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5
To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
0
Being human is thinking and feeling emotions in ways that are different than any other animal.
Caitlyn
- Caitlyn , North Carolina
0
to be able to understand the concept of death and time and the ability to make calculated choices independent of our instincts.
Bandana Kaur
- Bandana Kaur, Singapore
1
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves
Selena A. Perez
- Selena A. Perez, Mission
0
It means that you can love.
Blah Blah
- Blah Blah, Blah Blah
3
To be a prodigy among other animals.
Anton
- Anton, Stockholm
0
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
0
Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5