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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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A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
To look at the cosmos and wonder what is out there/
De'Adrian
- De'Adrian, Virginia
1
eating nachos
iman
- iman, jess
0
It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
Hi
- Hi, Bye
0
Having the cognitive abilities to effectively problem solve, design, and create, to keep pushing the envelope further and further.
Ivan
- Ivan, Tivoli, New York
0
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
0
to be a human is to walk up straight ,to live life to its fullest.
ANTHONY AND BRANDON
- ANTHONY AND BRANDON, MASS
0
Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
1
Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
1
To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
5
It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
0
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
4
To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
0
To be human is to feel feelings and have the ability to have empathy for another.
Christine R
- Christine R, Boston
0
A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
0
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
eapons to kill or usingmodern age computers     Picture represents evolving human making sense of its needs with passage of time whether it be standing upright, using sharp w
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
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
We are able to adapt our technology, through social interaction, to successfully live and thrive in every biome on Earth and beyond.
Darin Bicknell
- Darin Bicknell, Jakarta Indonesia
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
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 think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5