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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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it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
To be human means to think and be creative, to love, to be spontaneous. To know the difference between good and evil.
Bekka
- Bekka, St. Louis
0
To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kristen
- Kristen, Maryland
0
To create your own world utterly different from anybody else's, and yet try to understand theirs.
Katharine
- Katharine, State College, PA
0
To be human is to have a soul. God has blessed us above all of his creation.
Kitzi
- Kitzi, Warrenton, Ga.
0
To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
1
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
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
0
To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
1
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
My definition of human is to try out and discovor whats on the outside world.
Terrell
- Terrell, Massachusettes
0
The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5
Animals have emotions and intelligence – but what differs humans from them, is the approach to the world of poetry, music, and mathematics
Roland Benn
- Roland Benn, Hamburg FRG
0
To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
0
It is part of our human nature to create new things and leave them to help future generations that are more evolved to know what we know.
Maddie
- Maddie, Cincinnati, OH
5
Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
0
Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
0
Modern human - the only species on Earth in conflict with Earth's natural world. Capable of abstract thinking and partially self-aware.
Veronika
- Veronika, Austria
0
To question our life as we know it.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Undisclosed
0
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
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
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5