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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 human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
Sheethal
- Sheethal, SD, CA
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
2
To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
0
Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
3
being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
1
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
It means that you have the ability to see touch smell feel or taste all the wonders God has given us
Ademola Adegbemigun
- Ademola Adegbemigun, Bronx ny
1
To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
0
To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
0
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
opposable thumbs
jacob
- jacob, haverhill
0
Simple answer: human evolution
Rachel
- Rachel , Columbia, SC
0
equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
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to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
0
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5
To imagine the impossible
Anaf
- Anaf, Bethesda, MD
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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