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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 a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
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For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
0
being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
4
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
1
To be human means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
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To proceed in daily life not just to survive but to strive to understand the world around me.
Derek Hammonds
- Derek Hammonds, Gahanna, OH
1
To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
1
To be evolving every second and to live life to its fullest
Esther Liu
- Esther Liu, San Francisco, CA
0
To be human is to be bipedal, be intellegent, and an individual. Also to communicate and have your own characteristics.
Imani
- Imani, The Renaissance School
4
Human brains use 20% of our energy. They also give us the ability to do almost every other human characteristic. Our minds make us human.
AnnaBeth Graves
- AnnaBeth Graves, Washington D.C
0
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
1
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
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
Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
Mike
- Mike, Kosovo
0
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
0
To be a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
Megan
- Megan, Prague
0
Being a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
0
To laugh, to be bipedal, expressing ourselves, to have a large game, having a small jaw, and to think logically to solve problems
Avalon
- Avalon, CA, USA
0
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
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 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 a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5